2011 - Pre-Season Groza Award Watch List
2011 - Pre-Season CFPA PK Watch List
2011 - Pre-Season 1st-Team All-Big 12 (Athlon, ESPN, Lindy's, Phil Steele, Blue Ribbon)
2010 - Groza Award Semifinalist
2010 - Hon. Men. All-Big 12
2010 - ESPN/CoSIDA 1st-Team
2010 - 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12
2010 - Team Special Teams MVP
2009 - 1st-Team All-American
2009 - Groza Award Semifinalist
2009 - 1st-Team All-Big 12
2009 - ESPN/CoSIDA 2nd-Team
2009 - 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12
2009 - Team Special Teams MVP
One of the top kickers in the nation who has been among the most accurate and dependable of anyone ... Should contend for national honors once again, after making a combined 96.2% (127-of-132) of his total kicks over the last two seasons (43-of-46 FGs & 84-of-86 PATs) ... His 213 career points stands as 6th-most in MU history entering the season, and he's got a great chance of becoming only the 2nd 300-point scorer in Tiger history (record is 362 by PK Jeff Wolfert from 2006-08) ... Landed on the pre-season watch list for the Lou Groza Award, and is a consensus pre-season 1st-Team All-Big 12 pick (ESPN, Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Blue Ribbon all had him on their first team) ... Is a biological sciences major who received his degree this May, meaning he'll play the 2011 season as a graduate student.
Had another stellar year to follow up his amazing 2009 debut season ... Again proved to be one of the most accurate kickers in the nation as he made 17-of-19 field goals and 45-of-47 extra points ... After a miss on his first attempt (which may have been aided by a high snap), Ressel made his next three (from 33, 27 and 34 yards) in the season opener against Illinois ... Was good on both attempts (27 and 32 yards) against McNeese State ... Was 2-for-2 on FG attempts (34, 38 yards) against San Diego State ... Set a new career best by making a 50-yard field goal on his only FG attempt against Miami (Ohio) ... Missed his first career extra-point against Miami after Making the first 54 attempts of his career ... Made his only FG attempt against Colorado, connecting from 47 yards out ... Made his only FG attempt (21 yards) against Texas A&M ... Was good on all three attempts (36, 30, 23 yards) against Oklahoma ... Was 1-of-2 on FG attempts against Nebraska, connecting from 23 yards after missing a 54-yarder ... Made his only attempt (27 yards) against Texas Tech ... Made a 33-yard attempt against Kansas State.
Was one of the truly amazing stories in all of college football during the 2009 season, as he rose from an unheralded second-string kicker before the season and went on to win First-Team All-American honors for a year that was record-breaking ... Ended the year making a combined 65-of-66 total kicks (98.5%), including 26-of-27 field goals and 39-of-39 extra points, and that percentage broke an NCAA single-season record for best combined kick accuracy ... Also led the NCAA in FG percentage among those with 13 or more attempts (96.3%) and finished third nationally with 2.00 field goals made per game ... Was the hero of MU's 41-39 win over rival Kansas, as he connected on all four field goal attempts (43, 28, 37, 27) including the game-winning 27-yarder as time expired ... Began fall camp as the second-string kicker, but was steady and accurate enough to prompt coaches to keep him in mind for the starting duties, and sure enough, he was named the starter the week of MU's season-opener against rival Illinois ... He rewarded the coaches for their faith in him by connecting on all three of his field goal attempts in the game (32, 44 and 41 yards) ... Was 2-for-2 on FG attempts in the home opener against Bowling Green, hitting from 38 yards and a career-high 46 yarder ... Made his only FG attempt against Furman, from 44 yards out ... Made four field goals against Nevada (22, 31, 27, 26 yards) ... Was 1-for-2 in field goal attempts against Nebraska, connecting from 22 yards ... His only miss of the entire 2009 season came against Nebraska, when he slightly pulled a 43-yarder in terrible downpour conditions, as the timing of the kick was thrown off with a snap that came in high and a bit wide ... Made his only attempt (21 yards) against Oklahoma State ... Was 2-for-2 at Colorado (29 and 33 yards) ... Made all three of his kicks against Baylor, including two 46-yard kicks, which matched his career best ... Put the Tigers on the board against Kansas State with a 23-yard field goal, his only attempt of the day ... Made field goals of 20 and 38 yards against Iowa State on Nov. 21 ... Also tried his hand at kickoffs toward the latter part of the year, as he booted 14 kickoffs in the final six games, getting one touchback in the process.
Saw action in one game, and he made the most of it, getting off a solid 43-yard punt in reserve duty against Southeast Missouri State ... The punt had outstanding hang time, and forced the SEMO returner to signal for a fair catch ... Had a productive spring camp, working as both a punter and kicker.
Joined the team as a walk-on student-athlete and contributed throughout the year in various roles on special teams in practice.
Was a three-year letterwinner for Jackson High School in the sports of football and track and field ... Won First-Team all-conference, all-district and all-region honors as a kicker during his senior season, when he connected on 30-of-30 PATs and 5-of-6 FGs ... Left school holding the single-season and career PAT percentage record for Class 5 in the state of Missouri ... Three-year PAT success rate was 95.4% (82-of-86) ... Was also First-Team all-conference and all-district as a junior (24-of-26 PATs, 2-of-2 FGs), and earned Second-Team all-conference honors as a sophomore (28-of-30 PATs, 1-of-1 FGs) ... Served as his track team's captain as a senior ... High school coach - Carl Gross.
Parents - Randy & Connie Ressel ... Has an interest in earning a degree in biology at Mizzou, and states his career goal as someday running his own dental practice ... Was a member of his school's chapters of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Future Business Leaders of America, as well as the Spanish Club ... Chose Mizzou over Purdue, Arkansas and Minnesota, among others ... Lists hobbies outside of football as watching movies and traveling ... Was born in Columbia, and regularly came to Tiger football and basketball games growing up, and that trend continued even when his family moved away to Jackson.
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