Mizzou Has Had Six First-Rounders in Last Five NFL Drafts
Sept. 9, 2006 Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field
Emerged into one of the nation's top safeties in 2007, and looks to continue his growth into a game-changer as a senior in 2008 ... Should be a pre-season favorite to challenge for national awards and honors at the free safety position, and he's already been named in the spring to the pre-season watch lists for both the Nagurski Award and the Lott Trophy ... Did not participate in spring drills this year due to off-season shoulder surgery he had following the Cotton Bowl to repair torn labrum in a shoulder he suffered in the bowl game while he was winning the game's defensive MVP award ... Didn't actually know about the injury until after he returned to campus for second semester classes, when he had continuing pain in shoulder during winter weight-lifting sessions, and after examination, the injury was discovered ... Will be completely healthy when fall camp opens in August ... Is considered by some as the best pure athlete on the team ... With 10 career interceptions, needs 6 more to break the school career record of 15 held by Adrian Jones (1986-89) ... Is tied for the school career record for interceptions returned for TD (3, along with Erik McMillan), and needs one more to hold the record for himself ... Off the field, is a very talented musician who has recorded some tracks in the rap genre, and has performed with Mizzou men's basketball player Leo Lyons.
Emerged as one of the nation's top playmakers at safety, as he tied for the NCAA lead with a school-record 8 interceptions ... His development throughout the course of the season was a major reason why the Tiger defense turned into one of the better ones in the Big 12 Conference, and his leadership after the defense lost fellow safety Pig Brown in game eight for the year was crucial ... Had 5 INTs and 2 forced fumbles in the 6 games after Brown was lost for the year ... Was named a 1st-Team All-American by Rivals.com, and took home 2nd-Team All-American honors by the Associated Press for his stellar play, as well as from Sports Illustrated and the Sporting News ... Showed in MU's 38-7 dismantling of Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl just why he deserved the accolades, as he won Defensive MVP honors with a 13-tackle that included 1 pass break up, 1 forced fumble and an interception that he returned in the third quarter for a TD that broke the game open for good ... Had a huge fourth-quarter interception against Illinois that snuffed out a potential game-winning drive deep in MU territory with under seven minutes to play ... Made eight tackles on the day (all solo stops) including two tackles for loss ... Added nine tackles against Ole Miss ... Had a team-leading 11 tackles against Western Michigan to go over 100 for his career ... Intercepted his fourth career pass and made seven tackles against Illinois State ... Was second on the club with eight tackles against Nebraska, including his fourth TFL on the year ... Helped hold Nebraska's vaunted West Coast Offense to just 297 total yards ... Recorded five tackles against Oklahoma ... Made eight tackles as the Tigers defense shutdown Texas Tech ... Added a sack (the first of his career) and intercepted a Graham Harrell pass ... The INT was his third on the season and the fifth of his career ... Made three stops against Iowa State ... Led the team with 11 tackles against Colorado in another impressive defensive effort ... Added an interception (his fourth of the season) and forced a fumble against the Buffaloes ... Made and INT for the second-straight game, picking of Texas A&M's Stephen McGee ... Made six tackles, including one TFL, and one PBU against the Aggies ... Tied for second on the team with eight tackles (six solo) against Kansas State, including a sack ... Picked off his sixth pass of the year, returning it for 22 yards ... Picked off his seventh pass of the year against Kansas, which ties Roger Wehrli's (1968) record for INTs in a season ... Tied for the team lead with seven tackles against KU ... Led the team with a career-best 13 tackles (nine solo) against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship ... Three of his INTs came in the fourth quarter ... Ended second on the team with 117 tackles on the year, which was ninth most in the Big 12 Conference ... Changed his jersey number to 1 this spring, after wearing 21 previously for the Tigers.
Made big plays as a sophomore on both defense and special teams ... Had 51 tackles in 13 games, and made 4 starts at free safety ... Ended the year with 5 tackles in the Sun Bowl, including a half-tackle for loss, and also broke up a career-high 3 passes, which gave him 8 for the season, a total that ranked 2nd on the team overall ... Was listed on depth chart as the No. 2 strong safety behind David Overstreet, but played both the free and strong safety position ... Had an MVP-type night at Texas Tech, posting a career-high 10 stops (9 solo), as he saw his most extensive action of the season in that game ... Recorded a pair of turnovers vs. the Red Raiders, recovering a fumble and returning an interception 22 yards for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter 1 play after teammate Xzavie Jackson had returned another interception 17 yards for a TD - those plays turned a 10-0 MU lead into a huge 24-0 edge and keyed MU's eventual 38-21 win in Lubbock ... Has 2 career INTs, and both have been returned for TDs (62 yards vs. Iowa State in 2005 and 22 yards at Texas Tech in 2006) ... Registered 7 tackles at Texas A&M, and had 6 total stops (3 solo) against Oklahoma ... Had an impressive spring camp that he capped off by returning an interception 45 yards for a TD during the annual Black & Gold Game ... Was full-go during spring camp, despite having surgery in the off-season to insert a screw into his right foot that he broke on the opening series of Mizzou's Independence Bowl victory over South Carolina.
Very talented athlete who made a big impression in his first action as a Tiger ... Played in 9 games, making 2 starts (including the bowl game victory), and had 30 tackles on the season playing at the free safety position, playing behind All-Big 12 candidate Jason Simpson ... Started for the suspended Simpson in the Independence Bowl, and tied a career-best by making 6 tackles, despite the fact that he broke a bone in his right foot in the opening series of the game ... He continued to play the rest of the 1st quarter before having to sit out the last 3 quarters of play due to the injury ... Also missed 3 games early in the season due to a severe hamstring injury he suffered in practice prior to game No. 2 ... Made the 1st start of his career against Iowa State, as MU went to a nickel package to begin the game, and he made the decision pay off, as he intercepted an errant out route on the 2nd series of the game, and raced 62 yards for his 1st collegiate TD, to put MU up 7-0 ... Had a career-best 6 tackles at Kansas, and followed that by making 4 stops at Colorado and 5 tackles against Baylor ... Forced a fumble in the season opener against Arkansas State, as he registered 3 tackles in his collegiate debut ... Was credited with 3 tackles in Mizzou's 41-24 win over Nebraska, and had 1 QB hurry and 1 pass broken up in the game ... Had a very impressive spring practice period that saw him move up from 4th on the depth chart to 2nd at free safety ... Had 5 tackles and broke up a pass in the 2005 spring game, and was named the team's most improved safety for his efforts.
Redshirt season ... Spent a year working on the scout squad and working in the Tiger strength program ... Played cornerback most of the year before switching to safety.
Came to Mizzou ranked as the nation's No. 64-ranked receiver, according to Rivals.com ... Also ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect at any position in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com ... Earned all-state honors on both sides of the ball during his prep career at Hayti, which won 3 consecutive conference championships from 2001-03 and finished as Class 2A runners up in 2002 ... Had school career-record numbers of 74 catches for 1,768 yards and 34 touchdowns receiving ... His 35 total career scores ranks him 5th on Hayti's career scoring chart ... Four-year letterwinner in football and basketball at Hayti, and was a team MVP and all-conference pick on the hardwood as a junior ... High school coach - Jerry Bethune.
Son of William Shaw & Marilyn Moore ... Area of academic interest lies in studying adolescent psychology at Mizzou ... Chose MU over Oklahoma, Purdue, Mississippi, Arkansas and Illinois, among others.
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