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Tony Temple
Tony Temple

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kansas City, Mo.

High School:
Rockhurst

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 200

Position:
Tailback

Experience:
2L


11/27/2006

Ku@MU Football

Ku@MU Football

09/30/2006

Colorado vs Missouri

Colorado at Mizzou -- Sept. 30, 2006

09/23/2006

Mizzou Football vs. Ohio

Sept. 23, 2006 -- Faurot Field

09/16/2006

Missouri at New Mexico

Missouri at New Mexico

  • 2006 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (Associated Press, Coaches)
  • Spring 2005 Team Most Improved Offensive Back

2007 OUTLOOK
The leading returning rusher in the Big 12 Conference (1,063 yards in 2006) who gives Mizzou an explosive tailback with the ability to take it the distance each time he touches the ball, whether from scrimmage, or in the return game ... Should be a prime contender for all-conference 1st-team honors in 2007, especially if the Tiger offense continues at its prolific pace ... Enters spring ball listed atop the depth chart at the tailback position ... With 1,513 career rushing yards entering the 2007 season, needs only 517 more to reach the top-10 in MU history (Bob Steuber is currently 10th with 2,030 from 1940-42) ... Is also on the verge of cracking the school top-10 all-purpose yardage list (rushing, receiving and return yardage) ... Has 2,031 all-purpose yards entering 2007, and he needs just 538 more to reach No. 10 on the list (Jon Staggers with 2,569 from 1967-69) ... Has done a nice job of improving his blocking and protection skills in the backfield ... Played in just 1 game in 2004 before being injured, and could get the year of eligibility back by appeal to the NCAA in a process that won't take place until after his senior year of competition.

2006 SEASON
Had a breakout year, showing the flash that made him one of the nation's most highly-recruited running back prospects coming out of Kansas City, Mo. in 2004 ... Ranked 39th nationally and 2nd in the Big 12 with 81.77 yards per game rushing, and rushed for 1,063 yards in all (8th-best total in Mizzou single-season history), which was only the 9th time in school history that a Tiger has surpassed 1,000 yards in a season ... Won honorable mention All-Big 12 status by league coaches on the year ... Closed the season with a record-setting outing in the Sun Bowl against Oregon State, when he rushed for an MU-bowl record 194 yards and 2 TDs, including a career-long 65-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter that helped stake MU to a 31-21 lead at the time ... His 194 yards stands as the 13th-best single-game rushing total in school history ... Was actually named the Sun Bowl's MVP by CBS prior to Oregon State's late comeback victory ... Topped 1,000 yards on the ground for his career with 76 yards on the ground at Texas Tech ... Added a pair of rushing TDs (1 yard and 8 yards) vs. the Red Raiders for his first two visits to the endzone in 2006 ... Enjoyed 100-yard games vs. Murray State (15-119) and New Mexico (22-168) ... Was held to just 37 yards rushing at Texas A&M (13 carries), but had a 5-yard TD in the 1st quarter that put MU up, 7-3 at the time ... Carried the ball a season-low (until the OU game) 9 times against Kansas State, but gained 62 yards in the game, good for a solid per-carry average of 6.9 ... Left the game against Oklahoma with an injury to his shoulder after just 3 carries ... Returned the next week, however, and rushed for 99 yards tough yards on 18 carries against Nebraska ... Scored his 4th touchdown of the season on a 7-yard run against Iowa State ... Closed the regular season by carrying 21 times against Kansas for 72 yards, including a 20-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter that extended the Tiger lead to 27-17 midway through the 3rd quarter and keyed Mizzou's 42-17 victory ... Missed the spring practice period while recovering from shoulder surgery in late February to clean up an old injury in his right shoulder that he played with for the last two years.

2005 SEASON
Was a solid contributor in his first full season for the Tigers, playing in 10 games, while making starts in 2 of the final 3 games of the season ... Came off the bench for most of the year, but carried the ball only 12 times fewer than starter Marcus Woods, and ended the year with 437 yards on 81 attempts ... That average of 5.4 yards per carry was the best mark among Tiger regulars ... Started in the Independence Bowl victory over South Carolina, and he rebounded from losing the ball on a fumble on his first carry of the game to post 45 yards from scrimmage (29 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving) ... Made the 1st start of his career in game #10 against Baylor, as Woods sat out due to injury ... Made the most of his opportunity, as he rushed for a career-high 100 yards on 17 carries ... Followed with a 79-yard rushing day at Kansas State (9 attempts), including a 49-yarder ... Was hampered by nagging injuries of his own, as he missed games against Texas and Oklahoma State with ankle problems ... Averaged 6.9 yards per carry in the last 2 regular-season games, gaining 179 yards on 26 rushes combined against Baylor and K-State ... Opened the season with a 62-yard outing (7 carries) against Arkansas State, scoring the 1st TD of his career in his hometown on a nifty 6-yard run that saw him break a tackle and do a 360-degree spin to keep his feet and find the endzone ... Had an 80-yard rushing day on 8 carries against Troy, including a 59-yard TD run that opened the scoring in Mizzou's 52-21 victory ... Has 4 rushes of 30 yards or more, most among Tiger tailbacks ... Also served as MU's top kickoff return man, and led the Tigers - and ranked 4th in the Big 12 - with an average of 23.5 yards per return, with a long of 36 yards against New Mexico ... Had an outstanding spring practice period that saw him earn the team's Most Improved Offensive Back Award.

2004 SEASON
Played in one game on the year, being one of only two true freshmen to play in 2004 for the Tigers ... Chose to end his redshirt season in game No. 8 at Nebraska, due to personnel issues at tailback, and his desire to play for the Tigers ... Unfortunately met with injury in the game, and was unable to play the rest of the season ... Carried 6 times for the Tigers at Nebraska, for a total of 13 yards, as the Tiger ground game was held in check all day ... Had a long run of 6 yards on the day, before leaving early in the 4th quarter with his ankle injury.

HIGH SCHOOL
One of the nation's top tailback prospects who was a major addition to Mizzou's 2004 class ... Ranked as the No. 8 running back prospect in the country, as well as the No. 79 overall talent at any position in the country, according to Rivals.com ... ESPN.com ranks him as the nation's No. 2 tailback and No. 18 overall prospect at any position ... Played in just 3 full games a senior due to nagging shoulder and hamstring injuries, but still was named to the U.S. Army All-American team after rushing for 950 yards and 9 touchdowns ... Added to his legend with a junior season that saw him rush for 2,035 yards and 35 touchdowns as Rockhurst won its 2nd state championship in three years ... Earned USA Today top Missouri player honors for his exploits as a junior ... Rushed for 1,205 yards and 19 TDs as a sophomore, and tallied 1,105 yards and 22 TDs as a freshman, as Rockhurst won the state title ... Was a three-time all-state winner at tailback and was named an all-American by Student Sports Magazine, Sports Illustrated, among other publications ... Finished his career with 5,295 rushing yards and 85 total touchdowns ... Was also an all-state performer in track, running a 10.4 100-meter dash ... High school coach - Tony Severino.

PERSONAL
Son of Tony & Diana Temple ... Is cousin to fellow 2004 Mizzou signee and Rockhurst teammate Steve Redmond ... Plans to pursue degree in business at Mizzou ... Chose MU over Kansas State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Iowa, among others.

TEMPLE CAREER STATISTICS
G-GS Rush-Yds. Avg. TDs Long Rec.-Yds TDs
2004 1-0 6-13 2.2 0 6 0-0 0
2005 10-2 81-437 5.4 3 59 16-70 0
2006 13-12 193-1063 5.5 7 65 6-34 0
Totals 24-14 280-1513 5.4 10 65 22-104 0

Kickoff Returns
No. Yds. Avg. Long
2005 16 376 23.5 36
2006 2 38 19.0 26
Totals 18 414 23.0 36

TEMPLE CAREER HIGHS

Rushes: 22, at New Mexico, 2006

Rushing Yards: 194, vs. Oregon State, 2006

Rushing TDs: 2, 2 Times

Longest Rush: 65, vs. Oregon State, 2006

Receptions: 5, vs. Iowa State, 2005

Receiving Yards: 19, 2 times

Longest Reception: 11, vs. South Carolina, 2005

Longest Kickoff Return: 36, vs. New Mexico, 2005

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