Proven performer as an edge rusher who comes into his last year as a Tiger looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled junior season ... Was limited in spring drills as he was recovering from off-season shoulder surgery ... When he returns in the fall, he'll be atop the depth at one end spot, where he'll look to make an impact in Mizzou's new league ... Earned his undergraduate degree in May, meaning he'll play the 2012 season as a graduate student.
Production fell as he played hurt all season, thanks to a shoulder injury suffered in pre-season camp ... Chose to play the season out, despite being less than 100 percent, showing admirable tougness ... Finished with 25 tackles, 8.5 TFLs and 4.5 sacks while adding his 1st career interception ... Started in the Independence Bowl against North Carolina, but was knocked out of the game early as he tweaked his already injured shoulder, and had to come out for the rest of the night ... Recorded two sacks in the season opener against Miami (Ohio) ... Had a solo and assisted tackle against Arizona State ... was credited with four tackles, a forced fumble and a QB hurry against Western Illinois ... three of his tackles went for loss, which included a sack ... leads the team in TFLs (5.0-21) and QB sacks (3.0-14) through three games ... ranks second in the Big 12 and 11th in the NCAA with a per-game sacks average of 1.00 and is third in the league with a per-game TFL average of 1.67 ... finished the OU game with two tackles, including one for loss ... recorded three solo tackles at Kansas State ... had five tackles against Iowa State, while also adding an assisted sack, a quarterback hurry and an interception, which he returned for 15 yards down to the ISU 6 ... had two solo tackles against Oklahoma State, one of which went for a two yard loss ... had one tackle and a QB hurry against Texas A&M ... finished the Kansas game with two tackles, one of which was a sack for a loss of six yards...
Had a breakout season, emerging as one of the top playmakers on Mizzou's stout defensive line ... Led the team with 7.5 QB sacks, a total which also ranked him 4th overall in the Big 12 and 36th in the NCAA ... His 11 tackles for loss also led the team ... Made two tackles, including one TFL against Illinois that was a bone-crunching highlight-reel stop of QB Nathan Scheelhaase ... Recovered a fumble in the second quarter that led a MU field goal and its first points of the game ... Recorded three tackles, two of which were for a loss, against McNeese State ... Picked up his third sack of the year and forced a fumble against McNeese State ... Made one tackle against San Diego State ... Had three tackles against Miami (Ohio), including one TFL for a loss of six yards ... Started for the first time in his career vs. Miami ... Made one tackle in the shutout of Colorado ... Recorded three tackles against Texas A&M ... All three tackles against the Aggies were sacks ... The three sacks combined to go for a loss of 28 yards ... Had two tackles against Oklahoma and added a pass break-up ... Recorded five tackles against Nebraska ... Had one TFL against NU ... Had two tackles at Texas A&M, including a sack (for a loss of 10 yards) ... Recorded three tackles against Kansas State ... 1.5 of those tackles were sacks (for a loss of 14 yards) ... Also forced a fumble against KSU ... Recorded five tackles against Iowa State ... Had one sack against ISU, to bring his season total to 7.5 sacks for the year, which ranks fifth in the Big 12 ... Also forced a key fumble in the 4th quarter at Iowa State which helped preserve the shutout in MU's 14-0 win.
Big man who moved over to the defensive side of the ball, after spending his first year in the program working on the offensive line ... Saw action in 12-of-13 games on the season, and contributed on special teams units, as well as defense more and more as the year went on ... Had his first collegiate tackle against Furman, and later in the year as he started seeing more snaps on defense, he broke up a pair of passes, one each in Tiger wins over Kansas State and Kansas ... His break up in Manhattan came deep in Wildcat territory, and the ball bounced high in the air near the goalline, and he nearly had a shot at an easy interception and six points ... Was a regular on the Tiger kickoff return unit as well throughout the season ... Made the move to defense because Tiger coaches felt his size was more suited to becoming a defensive lineman, and after the spring camp he turned in, they made the right call, as he was very impressive ... Began the spring at the bottom of the depth chart, but quickly moved his way up the ladder, and he began fall drills listed at No. 2 behind veteran Brian Coulter.
Was able to redshirt in his first year in the program, working as part of the offensive scout team.
Talented line prospect with a big upside who grew up a Missouri fan ... Despite missing about half of his senior season due to an injured foot, still ranked as the No. 12 player overall (any position) in the state of Missouri, as well as the nation's No. 54 offensive guard, according to Rivals ... ESPN.com pegged him as the nation's No. 45 offensive guard prospect ... Named an all-midwest region offensive lineman by PrepStar ... Was one of the first players to commit to Mizzou, accepting a scholarship offer back in February of 2007 ... An all-state performer on the offensive line for South Harrison in 2007 who also earned all-conference honors on the defensive line, as a senior ... Won all-state honors on the defensive line in 2006, while taking home all-conference honors on both offense and defense that year, as well as in 2005 ... A two-year team captain ... Outstanding all-around athlete who was a multi-year letterwinner in football, basketball and track ... Won a state championship in the shot put, and also finished second in the state championships in the discus ... Also won all-state honors in the sport of basketball ... High school coach - Larry Linthacum, a former MU tight end.
Parents - Leo & Sharol Madison ... Is the younger brother of Ryan Madison, who graduated in 2008 after a stellar career as an offensive lineman for the Tigers ... Lists primary hobbies outside of football as hunting and golfing ... Among the reasons cited for choosing Mizzou include the chance to play with his brother, the Tiger coaches, and the great facilities ... Received interest from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas State, among others, before ending the recruiting process early and committing to Mizzou.