2013 Spring Team Most Improved Safety
Talented defensive back who began to emerge late last season, and he'll look to build on that momentum into the fall ... Opens camp listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at strong safety behind veteran Matt White, and is coming off an impressive spring that saw him claim the team's Most Improved Safety award.
Saw action in 10 games during his sophomore season and ended with 14 tackles for the year ... Eight of his tackles came in his final two outings, as he came on strong toward the end of the season ... Made a career-best six tackles in the season finale at Texas A&M, and also had two-tackle outings at Tennessee and against Kentucky ... Broke up a 4th-down pass at Tennessee in the 4th overtime which set up Mizzou's game-winning field goal on their ensuing possession in the 51-48 thriller ... Opened the season by making one tackle for a loss of three yards against Southeastern Louisiana, and also had single tackle games against South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Alabama ... Changed his jersey to #21 in the spring after wearing #11 his first year in the program.
Versatile talent who starred in numerous roles for his team, while earning most of his accolades as a hard-hitting, ball-hawking defensive back ... Was a three-time all-district selection who hails from the same hometown as current Tigers Kenji Jackson and Eric Waters, and their presence at MU played a factor in him joining the program ... Demonstrated great leadership skills, as he was voted a team captain for each of his last two seasons, while also taking home his team's special teams MVP honors and winning academic all-district honors three years as well ... Had 68 tackles as a senior, to go with 2 interceptions (returning one for a score) and 7 pass break ups, while adding 3 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD and 1 kickoff return TD ... Made 72 total tackles during his junior season to go with a pair of interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles ... Was his team's defensive MVP as a sophomore when he made 94 tackles and 3 interceptions ... Has been a regional qualifier in track each of his past two years on the oval ... High school coach - Chris Melson ...
Parents - Kim & Daphne Simon ... Wants to study in MU's esteemed School of Business ... Lists hobbies as hunting, fishing and reading, and has been active in organizing fundraising walks for breast cancer awareness, helping raise thousands of dollars in the process ... Chose Mizzou over Boise State, Virginia, Air Force and Washington State, among others.