2009 - 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12
2009 - Team Spring Most Improved WR
A leader on and off the field for the Tiger receiving group, who looks to cap his solid career in fashion this year ... Will be in his 3rd year as a starter, with 26 consecutive starts under his belt coming into the season at the Z-receiver spot ... Is a business major who is on pace to earn his undergraduate degree this December - in just three-and-a-half years.
Continued his development into a go-to guy for the Tiger offense, as he nearly doubled his previous best in season receptions, with 39 ... Took those catches for 420 yards and three TDs ... Was his best against some of the tougher competition, as he caught 24 of his passes and 267 yards and 2 TDs against the likes of Illinois (3-46), Texas A&M (10-89, 2 TDs), Oklahoma (4-71) and Iowa (7-61) ... Caught his first TD of the year on a 33-yard reception against Miami (Ohio) ... Finished with three catches for 43 yards against the RedHawks ... Set a career high with 10 catches against Texas A&M for 89 yards ... Scored two touchdowns, his first career multi-TD game ... Put MU on the board against TAMU on a five-yard catch, then scored on a 10-yard reception ... Had four grabs for 71 yards in the win over Oklahoma ...Added one rush for nine yards against KSU.
Won a starting job with a strong fall camp, and quickly earned the trust of fellow first-year starting QB Blaine Gabbert, as they developed a nice chemistry early in the season ... Ended the year fifth on the team in receptions (23) and fourth in receiving yards (418), while his per-catch average of 18.2 yards was the best on the team ... Started for the first time in his career in the season-opener against Illinois and caught four passes for 77 yards, including his first career touchdown in his hometown of St. Louis, Mo. ... The TD came on a 49-yard pass play and was the Tigers' first touchdown of the season ... Caught two passes for 38 yards in the win over Bowling Green ... Scored his second TD of the year on a 33-yard reception in the fourth quarter against BGSU which proved to be the game-winner as the Tigers came back from a double-digit deficit to post the win ... Closed the season by making three catches for 83 yards in the Texas Bowl against Navy, including a 56-yard catch-and-run that he nearly took the distance ... Also helped with the kickoff return game late in the year, when he returned six kickoffs in the final five games, and averaged 22.7 yards per return, which was best on the team for the season ... Made one catch against Furman ... Had three receptions for a career-best 99 yards against Nevada ... Had one grab in the Big 12 opener against Nebraska ... Recorded two receptions for 44 yards against Oklahoma State on Oct. 17 ... Had a 40-yard catch in the game at OSU ... Made one catch for 12 yards in the win at Colorado ... Had three receptions for 43 yards against Baylor ... Caught his third TD pass of the year with a nice grab on the sideline just before the end of the first half against BU ... Had one reception for 11 yards against Kansas State ... Caught one pass against Iowa State ... Was impressive enough during the spring to earn the team's Most Improved Wide Receiver award.
Saw action in nine games in all, and played more frequently during the last half of the season, including seeing increased action on various special teams units ... Made his first career reception (a 15-yard grab) against Southeast Missouri State in the second game of the season.
A highly-touted in-state athlete with strong family ties to Mizzou who ranked as the No. 3 overall player (any position) in the state of Missouri, as well as the nation's No. 33 wide receiver by Scout ... Rivals' rankings included him as the No. 6 overall player (any position) in the state of Missouri, as well as the nation's No. 49 receiver ... PrepStar ranked him as the nation's No. 27 overall prospect at any position ... A three-time First-Team All-State selection at the wide receiver position ... Helped lead his team to the Class 6 state quarterfinals in 2007 while catching 39 passes for 781 yards and nine TDs as a senior ... Had 39 receptions for 769 yards and eight TDs as a junior in 2006, playing in only nine games ... Burst onto the scene with an explosive sophomore season that saw him catch 49 passes for 1,082 yards (a whopping 21.7 average) and eight TDs while helping lead DeSmet to a Class 6 state championship ... High school coach - Pat Mahoney.
Parents - Randy & Doris Kemp ... Father is a 1975 graduate of Mizzou, as is his older brother Chris (2004 graduate) ... has done work with a local Big Brothers program in his hometown ... Chose Mizzou over many prominent football programs, including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ole Miss, among numerous others.
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