2013 Spring Team Most Improved DL
One of the nation's most highly-coveted defensive end prospects from the class of 2011 who is a second-generation Tiger, following in the footsteps of his father Wendell, who starred at Mizzou as a defensive end from 1978-80 ... After showing good growth in his second year in the program, big things are anticipated as he'll look to compete for more significant time in the defensive end rotation ... He'll begin camp listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at one end spot, behind returning starter Kony Ealy ... Had an impressive spring camp, where he took home the team's Most Improved Defensive Lineman award.
Had a solid redshirt freshman season, as he made 16 tackles total in 12 appearances in reserve ... Showed big-play ability throughout the year, as he got free for three quarterback pressures, and made 2.5 tackles for loss, to go with a fumble recovery ... Had a career-best three tackles in MU's epic 4-overtime win at Tennessee, and he had two QB pressures and a half-tackle for loss in that game as well ... Made two tackles in games against Florida, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Southeastern Louisiana ... Had at least one tackle in 10-of-12 outings overall on the season ... Notched a single tackle for loss in games against top-10 Georgia and Florida, and he also played a big role on several special teams units.
Was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 17 weakside end in the nation, as well as the No. 3 overall player at any position from the state of Kansas ... ESPN.com ranked him as the nation's No. 35 defensive end prospect overall ... Earned 1st-Team All-State honors as a senior after totaling 100 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and a blocked punt at the 5A level ... Served as a team captain during his senior season ... As a junior, helped lead his team to a 4A state title as he had 131 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and 4 forced fumbles ... High school coach - Tim Grunhard.
Parents - Wendell Ray & Sebrina Johnson ... Father was a defensive lineman for Warren Powers, and was a 5th-round draft pick in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, after a senior season in 1980 that saw him total 64 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 5 sacks ... Is interested in studying business in MU's esteemed School of Business ... Lists hobbies as training for football, as well as playing video games ... Chose Mizzou over Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Clemson, Kansas State and Kansas, among many others.