2003 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12
2003 Team Ed "Brick" Travis Interior Lineman Award
2002 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12
2001 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12
Veteran lineman who has been a valuable contributor at several spots on the line throughout his years ... Gives Tiger defensive front great versatility, as he is strong enough to play the interior positions, but is diverse enough to play the end when called upon, as well ... Enters fall camp at No. 2 on the depth chart at the noseguard spot ... Had one tackle for loss in the annual Black and Gold Game.
Proved to be a solid contributor to the front four and particularly came on strong to close the year ... Six of his 12 tackles on the year came in MU's last 3 regular-season games, and had a 2-tackle outing versus Iowa State that saw him earn his 1st career start ... Started the game at end, and also played inside some, giving MU valuable versatility in the trenches ... Had a career-high 3 tackles at #19 Kansas State, and also broke up a pass in that game ... Had 2 stops against Texas Tech and added 1 quarterback hurry on a vicious hit on Tech's B.J. Symons that knocked Symons out of the game in the 4th quarter ... Won the team's weekly big hit award for that hit against Tech ... Earned 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12.
Played in all 12 games, and recorded seven tackles on the year ... Had highs of two each against Nebraska and Kansas ... Recovered a fumble against Troy State that set up a Tiger score ... Received 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the second-straight season.
Young lineman who worked his way onto the field by the end of the season ... Played a significant number of minutes in the final three games of the season, both at defensive tackle and defensive end ... Made three tackles and recovered a fumble to halt a Kansas State drive on the MU 10-yard line in Manhattan ...Was a 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 selection.
Received first team all-district, all-conference and all-state honors ... Tallied 124 tackles including 10.5 sacks ... Was also a key blocker on the offensive line for a Helias team that rushed for 3,453 yards in 1999 ... Was co-captain of the 1999 team that finished as state-runner-up ... Part of the state championship team in 1998 ... Rated as the third-best defensive lineman in the area by Mo-Kan Recruiting ... Selected Missouri over Kansas State, Iowa State and Iowa ... Also played baseball, leading the team to a 3A state championship while hitting 12 home runs ... High school coach - Mike Jeffries.
Son of Phil and Patti Pitts ... Father is a biologist, mother is a social worker ... Born Oct. 18, 1981 ... Academic interest - education.
PITTS CAREER STATISTICS
G-GS P-UN Total TFLs Sacks Force-Rec.
2001 4-0 2-1 3 0-0 0-0 0-1
2002 12-0 2-5 7 0-0 0-0 0-1
2003 13-1 5-7 12 1-1 0-0 0-0
Totals 29-1 9-13 22 1-1 0-0 0-2