- Spring 2004 Team Most Improved Safety
Veteran safety who has done a nice job stepping into a starting role in 2006, after serving as a valuable reserve in the past 2 seasons ... Has started 9-of-11 games at free safety, and has turned in career numbers in every category, with 61 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 passes broken up and a team-best 2 interceptions ... Ranks 5th on the team with his 61 tackles ... Closed the regular season with a solid 7-tackle outing against rival Kansas ... Returned to action against Oklahoma after missing the Kansas State game (disciplinary reasons) and totaled 7 tackles (5 solo) against the Sooners... Made 5 stops against Nebraska ... Opened the season with interceptions in back-to-back games against Murray State and Ole Miss ... Had one in his hands on the opening defensive possession against Colorado that he likely could have taken for 6 points the other way, but he could not bring it in ... Added a TFL vs. New Mexico ... Had a career-high 10 tackles against Colorado (8 solo) ... Made 4 stops against Iowa State ... Missouri native who transferred to Mizzou after playing as a true freshman at Michigan State in 2002.
Was a solid contributor on both defense and special teams ... Saw action in all 12 games, starting 3 (New Mexico, Troy, Oklahoma State) when MU went to a nickel package to start the game ... Recorded 20 total tackles, including a career-high 5 against Troy in game #3 ... Played well in Mizzou's bowl victory over South Carolina, as he recorded 4 tackles ... Broke up a pass in the season opener against Oklahoma State ... Also had multiple-tackle outings against New Mexico (3 tackles), Texas (3) and Nebraska (2) ... Was 2nd on the team with 7 tackles on the kickoff coverage team ... Closed the regular season listed No. 2 on the depth chart at the strong safety spot.
Backed up two-year starter Nino Williams at strong safety, and was also a regular on various special teams units ... Played in 10 games, missing only the Colorado game due to an ankle injury ... Provided a huge play on special teams when he blocked a punt at Nebraska that set up a game-tying field goal in the 1st half ... Ended the season with 5 tackles, getting single tackles in games against Arkansas State, Ball State, Baylor, Texas and Kansas State ... Grabbed his first career interception and broke up a pass in game #3 against Ball State ... Returned the INT for 13 yards before injuring his ankle when being tackled ... That injury kept him from playing the next week against Colorado, but he returned to the lineup the next time out ... Had a very strong period that saw him earn the team's most improved safety award ... Closed spring ball by grabbing an interception and returning it 15 yards in the annual Black and Gold Game ... Changed his jersey number from 49 to 19 in the offseason.
Redshirt season ... Sat out the year, per NCAA transfer rules, after moving to Mizzou from Michigan State prior to the fall ... Named scout team MVP honors for his work in practice leading up to the Oklahoma game.
Played in 7 games at Michigan State as a true freshman in 2002, and recorded 2 unassisted tackles during his time there.
Was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch honorable mention all-metro defensive back as a senior ... Was a two-year starter at Hazelwood East, playing both safety and wide receiver ... Anchored a Spartan secondary that allowed only 719 passing yards (51.4 per game) and three passing touchdowns en route to a 13-1 record and a trip to the 2001 Missouri Class 5A championship game ... Recorded 37 tackles (21 solos, 16 assists), including a sack, and recovered 2 fumbles as a senior ... Also ranked as Hazelwood East's 2nd-leading receiver with 20 catches for 350 yards (17.5 avg.) and 6 TDs ... Had a season-high 8 tackles in the state finals vs. Blue Springs and caught a 77-yard TD pass in the 4thquarter ... Scored 3 TDs vs. McCluer, including 2 receptions and a 36-yard interception return ... Was an all-state track athlete who finished 3rdin the Class 4A 110-meter high hurdles as a junior and 6thin the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore ... High school coach - Corey Johnson ... Runs a 4.4 in the 40.
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