- 2009 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Coaches)
- 2009 Team Cornerback of the Year Award
- 2009 Spring Team Most Improved Cornerback Award
Arguably the fastest Tiger on the roster who emerged last season as a dependable presence in the secondary, and he'll look to continue his leadership by locking down a starting spot at cornerback for a second straight year ... Enters spring camp holding down the top spot at one cornerback position, opposite fellow senior and three-year starter Carl Gettis ... Has extensive experience, with 41 career games played entering his final season.
Had an outstanding season in his first time as a starter, making starts in all 13 games and finishing with a career-high 47 tackles and 2 interceptions, which was most on the team ... Was part of 4 turnovers in all, as he forced a fumble, and recovered one fumble to go with his two pick offs ... The fumble recovery came in the Texas Bowl against Navy, when he jumped on a fumble in the Tiger endzone to thwart a Navy scoring chance ... Started for the first time in his career against Illinois and recorded four tackles ... Three of his four tackles against the Illini were solo stops ... Made three tackles against Bowling Green (one solo, two assists) ... Had four tackles against Furman ... Made three tackles in the win over Nevada on Sept. 25 ... Recorded three tackles and had one TFL against Nebraska ... Had one tackle against Oklahoma State ... Was third on the team with a career-best seven tackles against Texas on Oct. 24 ... Also forced a fumble against the Longhorns ... Made three tackles against Colorado, including his first career sack for a loss of 14 yards ... Also had an interception against CU, the second of his career ... Made four tackles against Baylor on Nov. 7 and had three tackles against Kansas State ... Tallied seven tackles (all solos) against Iowa State, tying his career high ... Had an interception on ISU's first series of the game, his second INT of the season ... Made three tackles against Kansas on Nov. 28 ... Emerged from a spirited spring competition holding down the top spot on the depth chart at one cornerback position opposite returning two-year starter Carl Gettis ... Won the team's most improved cornerback award during spring camp, and he closed the spring down with a 3-tackle outing in the Black & Gold scrimmage that he helped the defense win.
Spent the whole season at cornerback after alternating between both corner and safety the previous year, and showed the ability to be an effective defender in Big 12 play ... Turned in a career-best 25 tackles on the year and ranked among team leaders with 5 passes broken up ... Nabbed his first career interception against Kansas State when he took one out of the air and returned it for 12 yards to snuff out a K-State drive ... Saw action in all 14 games and had at least 1 tackle in 11 of them ... Enjoyed a productive night against Southeast Missouri State, as he registered 3 tackles, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble on the night ... Had back-to-back four-tackle performances against Nevada and Buffalo ... Also closed the season with consecutive 3-tackle outings in the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma and in MU's overtime Alamo Bowl win over Northwestern ... Had a solid spring practice period, and he closed spring ball by recording 4 tackles in the annual spring game.
Saw action in all 14 games on the season, playing largely on special teams, but seeing some time in reserve fashion on defense ... Made four tackles on the year ... First stop came against Iowa State ... Also had a tackle against Texas A&M, Kansas and in Mizzou's 38-7 bowl win over Arkansas in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic ... Played free safety for the majority of the season, in addition to his special teams duties ... Changed his jersey number to 20 in the spring, after wearing 16 the previous year for the Tigers.
Redshirted in his first season in the program, working as part of the practice squad.
Played numerous positions as a senior at Houston's North Shore High School, including DB, WR and QB, and helped his team to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the state playoffs ... Ranked as the No. 51 cornerback prospect in the nation, according to Rivals, and earned 2nd-Team All-District honors as a senior in 2005 ... Played QB as a junior, and was his team's MVP, as he ran for 6 TDs and threw for 3 scores ... Also lettered in basketball and track, and was part of a district champion 4x200 relay team ... High school coach - David Aymond.
Parents - Kenneth & Helen Rutland ... Chose Mizzou over Colorado, Kansas State, Texas-El Paso, Oklahoma State and Northwestern, among others.
rutland Career Statistics
2007 14-0 4-0 4 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0
2008 14-0 16-9 25 0-0 0 1-0 1-12 5
Totals 41-13 60-16 76 2-16 1 2-0 3-12 7
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