Veteran linebacker who is coming off a strong 2003 season and looks to challenge for a starting job in MU's 4-3 defensive alignment ... Enters the fall season listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at the middle linebacker spot ... Is a dependable tackler who excels at stopping the run.
Had a career year, ranking 10th on the team with a career-best 50 tackles, and added 2 tackles for loss (5 yards), including 1 sack ... Came on strong to close the year, as more than half (29) of his tackles on the year came in MU's last 5 ballgames ... Had a career-best 11 tackles at #19 Kansas State, as he was on the field for his most extensive action of the season, with captain James Kinney hampered by an ankle sprain ... Also had 8-tackle outing against Texas A&M ... Notched his first career sack in the season opener against Illinois, when he dropped the Illini's Jon Beutjer for a 1-yard loss.
Played in 11 games, and made one start (at Texas A&M) ... Recorded 17 tackles on the season (including 12 unassisted), and had one tackle for loss ... Had seven games with multiple tackles, including each of the last three, and four of the last five ... Had four tackles in MU's Homecoming win over Kansas ... Had three stops against Colorado, and followed with two each in games at Texas A&M and against Kansas State ... Made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage at Nebraska.
Did not see the field for gametime action, but continued to get bigger and stronger and serve as a solid defensive scout team player for the second straight season.
Recorded 125 tackles, 12 of those tackles for loss ... Forced five fumbles ... Selected to the Rivals100.com Texas second-team super team ... Earned a 4.0 GPA at MacArthur High School ... Chose Missouri over Harvard, Columbia, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Son of Henry and Lora Sweat ... High school coach - David Visentine ... Born June 25, 1982 ... Majoring in business at Mizzou.
SWEAT CAREER STATISTICS Tackles G-GS P-UN Total TFLs Sacks PBU QBH 2002 11-1 12-5 17 1-2 0-0 0 0 2003 12-0 32-18 50 2-5 1-1 1 1 Totals 23-1 44-23 67 3-7 1-1 1 1
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