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2012 CoSIDA 1st-Team Academic All-District
2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2012 Spring Team Most Improved Defensive Lineman
2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team
Someone who has Tiger coaches very excited about his potential as he returns for his second season at defensive tackle - marking the first time he's been at the same position for a second straight year at Mizzou ... Came to Mizzou as a tight end and spent his redshirt year there, then moved to defensive end where he played as a redshirt freshman before moving to defensive tackle for last season ... Enters camp listed atop the depth chart at the tackle spot after starting all 12 games a year ago at nose.
Started all 12 games at the nose position, making him the only one of Mizzou's front seven to start all 12 games ... Finished with career-high numbers in every category, including tackles (36), tackles for loss (4.5), sacks (2.0) and pass break ups (3) ... Closed his season with a good showing at Texas A&M, when he tallied a career-best six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss against the Aggies ... Earned his first career start in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana ... Finished the contest with two tackles, which included his second career sack ... Tallied four tackles including a sack of six yards in the Tigers' 33-10 homecoming win over Kentucky ... Continued his fine play with four tackles (two solo, two assists) while breaking up a pair of passes in the Tigers' 14-7 loss at Florida ... Posted five tackles (three solo, two assists) including a tackle for a three-yard loss in the Tigers' 51-48, four overtime win at Tennessee ... An outstanding student who earned 1st-Team Academic All-District honors from CoSIDA, and who also was named to the SEC 2012 Academic Honor Roll.
Saw action in 11 games during his redshirt freshman season, playing most on special teams units ... Compiled two tackles on the season ... Had two total tackles against Western Illinois, including his first career sack against Western Illinois for a 10 yard loss ... Also notched a QB hurry against the Leathernecks ... Recovered a blocked punt against Texas ... Earned a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 first team with a perfect 4.0 GPA...
Took a redshirt in his first year in the Tiger program, and spent the year working with the offensive scout team as a tight end prospect ... Showed an oustanding work ethic from the start, and he was twice awarded with the team's offensive back-up player of the week award during the year, for his efforts during preparations for games against Illinois and Oklahoma ... Was an early enrollee at MU in January, in time to take part in spring camp.
Standout two-way player at the prep level who excelled as a linebacker on defense and as a running back and tight end on offense ... Was rated as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Iowa by Rivals.com, and as the nation's No. 24 strongside defensive end prospect ... Ranked by ESPN.com as the nation's No. 87 defensive end prospect ... Won 1st-Team All-State honors each of his last two seasons, and helped lead his team to a state championship as a senior in 2009, winning MVP honors in the state title game as well ... Registered 137 tackles and 28 tackles for loss in 2009, and added 702 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 282 yards as well on offense ... Led team in tackles as a junior as well, going for 98 stops and 20 tackles for loss with 8 quarterback sacks, while also seeing some action at tight end for a team which reached the state quarterfinals ... Had 92 tackles as a sophomore ... Also a standout wrestler for his school ... High school coach - Curt Bladt.
Parents - Kyle & Lori Hoch ... Majoring in middle school education ... Is the younger brother of starting offensive lineman Dan Hoch ... Lists hobbies as four-wheeling, fishing and paintball ... Chose Mizzou over Iowa, Oregon, Nebraska, Stanford, Kansas State and Iowa State, among others ... Cites the gameday atmosphere at Mizzou and the family feel of the program as major attractions for him.