Gifted defensive end who has the ability to take games over when he's on a roll ... Is one of the premier pass rushers in the Big 12, and he ranks 7th in the league with his 7 QB sacks in 11 games ... Has produced career bests in virtually all categories, and was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches, as well as winning the team's defensive lineman of the year award ... Leads all MU linemen with 55 tackles, and has a team-best 12.5 TFLs (55 yards), including 7.0 QB sacks (41 yards) ... Had a TFL in 9-of-11 games ... Had one of the biggest defensive plays of the season when he grabbed an interception at Texas Tech and returned it 17 yards for a score which put MU up 17-0 ... His pick-six was followed by another pick-six by MU's defense on the very next play, and the Tigers were suddenly up, 24-0, and went on to win, 38-21 ... Also got in on a 4th-quarter QB sack at Tech ... Closed the season with a 4-tackle outing against Kansas, including 2.5 TFLs and 1 QB sack ... Had a pair of sacks in the win at New Mexico ... Logged six stops against Colorado, and matched that with 6 tackles at Texas A&M ... Recorded a season-high 9 tackles (6 solo) against Kansas State, including 2 TFLs and 1 QB sack .. Recovered a 3rd-quarter fumble, his 1st of the season and 5th of his career, against Oklahoma ... Made 8 stops against Nebraska ... Had 7 tackles against Iowa State ... Recorded a sack late in the 4th quarter against ISU to force a Cyclone FG that was missed, which set up the drive that ended in the now infamous holding penalty on MU's game-winning TD with 25 seconds left ... Recovered a fumble (his 2nd recovery of the season) against Nebraska ... Has even occasionally been asked to drop back into coverage during certain packages ... First name is pronounced ex-ZAY-vee.
Began the season as a starter at one end spot, and started the 1st 5 games before coming off the bench in the last 7 outings ... Was still productive in his reserve role, as he ranked 3rd on the team for the year with 11 tackles for loss (49 yards) and with 6 QB sacks (38) ... Had 44 tackles total on the year, 6 QB hurries, 3 passes broken up, 2 recovered fumbles and 1 forced fumble ... Played on several special teams units, as well ... Had a good game in Mizzou's bowl win over South Carolina, recording 4 tackles, including 0.5 TFL and adding 2 QB hurries ... In his 1st game off the bench, recovered a fumble in the 1st quarter and returned it 16 yards for his 1st collegiate TD to put MU in front, 14-0 against Iowa State ... Followed that with a strong game against Nebraska, as he was very productive, with 3 tackles, including 2 QB sacks (17 yards), 1 QB hurry and 1 pass broken up ... Biggest production on the year came in game #2 against New Mexico, as he registered a career-high 10 tackles, with 1 TFL and 1 QB hurry ... Was active against Troy, as he forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and added 1 QB hurry and 1 pass broken up ... Made 5 stops in the opener against Arkansas State, including 2 QB sacks (11 yards).
Took over primary duties at defensive end after platooning as a true freshman, and had an outstanding season, starting all 11 games and registering a career-high 50 tackles ... Was responsible for 2 takeaways on the season, as he recovered 1 fumble and grabbed his first career INT against Colorado ... Registered a career-high 9 tackles at Troy, as he contributed 1 tackle for loss, 2 QB hurries and 1 pass broken up on the night ... Chipped in with 8 tackles and 1 QB pressure at Baylor as MU's defense was stellar in Mizzou's 30-10 win in Waco ... Was a force in the early going against OSU, as he had 2 sacks (16 yds.) in the 2nd quarter as MU built a 17-0 lead ... Had 6 tackles, including 2 TFLs (5 yds.) against Kansas State, adding 1 QB pressure ... Averaged 5.0 tackles per game over the course of the final 5 games of the season.
One of 2 true freshmen to play for Mizzou, and made his mark at defensive end ... Earned Team Freshman of the Year honors, sharing the award with fellow end Brian Smith ... Had his redshirt pulled in game No. 5 against Kansas, but would likely have played from the start of the season had it not been for a stress fracture suffered in a pre-season scrimmage that kept him out until KU ... Had 34 tackles in his 9 games, and started 4 times at end, including each of the last 3 games ... Got his first career start in MU's 41-24 win over 10th-ranked Nebraska, and notched 6 stops on the night ... Had 4 stops against Texas A&M, including one for a loss of 3 yards, and also forced a fumble ... Nearly scored his first career TD last time out when he recovered a fumble and returned it 18 yards down to the ISU 4-yardline to set up a Tiger score ... Had a career-high 7 tackles late in the year at #19 Kansas State, and added 5 tackles in the Independence Bowl game vs. Arkansas.
Ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 33 tight end prospect and as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Kansas ... Rated by MoKan Football as the top defensive end in the state of Kansas ... Was a standout on both sides of the ball for Wichita Heights as a senior, and caught 19 passes for 280 yards and 3 TDs as a tight end ... Also recorded 39 tackles as a defensive end, including 6 sacks ... Earned 2nd-team all-state honors as a defender and was a 2nd-team all-city pick on both sides of the ball as a senior ... Had a breakout year as a sophomore, with a league-best 25 catches for a league-best 686 yards and 7 TDs while averaging 26.3 yards per catch ... Was a marked man as a junior, but still managed 31 catches for 328 yards and 3 TDs ... Has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash ... A standout basketball player who averaged 18.8 rebounds per game as a junior, and helped lead his team to a city league championship as a sophomore.
High school coach - Rick Wheeler ... Son of Harvey Jackson and Princess D. Mills ... Moved from California to Wichita, Kan. in the summer of 2002 with his sister, Zareth Gray, who is a coach for the Wichita State women's basketball squad ... Academic interest lies in computer technology ... Chose Mizzou over Oklahoma State, Kansas, Michigan State and Wyoming, among others.