Program veteran who looks to close out his Tiger career by providing bigger contributions at the nosetackle position, where he begins fall camp listed at No. 3 on the depth chart ... Earned his undergraduate degree this past May, meaning he'll play the 2012 season as a graduate student.
Saw action in a pair of games, getting some reps in reserve duty against Western Illinois and later versus Texas ... Closed spring ball out by making a tackle in the Black & Gold Game...
Saw action in reserve duty in two different games, as he got in for some snaps against McNeese State and later in the non-conference finale against Miami (Ohio).
Continued his development in the program as part of the defensive line interior ... Saw action in two games in reserve, as he saw the field against Illinois and Colorado ... Had off-season surgery to repair torn labrum in his right shoulder, which limited his impact during the spring ... Changed his jersey to #99 prior to spring drills, after wearing #52 during his first year in the Mizzou program.
Redshirted during his first year in the program ... Began working with the Tiger linebackers, but moved before the year was over to the defensive line, where his size, speed and athleticism proved to be a good mixture.
Was originally part of Mizzou's 2007 recruiting class who re-signed in 2008 after taking a brief detour to Cincinnati's Harmony Prep School, where he starred as a defensive end ... Was a teammate at Harmony with fellow 2008 class signee Rolandis Woodland ... Was rated by Rivals as the nation's No. 25 prep school prospect at any position ... Named a prep school All-American by PrepStar ... In 2007, was rated by Rivals as the nation's No. 24-ranked inside linebacker prospect, and also as the No. 17 overall prospect (any position) to come out of the state of Michigan in 2007 ... Super Prep rated him as the No. 18-ranked overall prospect (all positions) in Michigan, and as the nation's No. 50-ranked middle linebacker recruit ... Earned 1st-Team All-State acclaim from the Detroit News as a senior in 2006 after collecting 103 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 1 QB sack and 4 pass deflections for Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Mich. ... Was a 1st-Team All-League choice on both sides of the ball in 2006, and was also his team's captain ... Had 68 tackles and 8 tackles for loss during his junior season of 2005 that saw him win honorable-mention honors while starting on both sides of the ball ... Was moved up to the varsity as a freshman, and played primarily at offensive guard, where he started as both a sophomore and junior ... During his junior year, moved to linebacker on defense ... An excellent all-around athlete who also participated in basketball and track at his school ... High school coach - Jerry Parker ... Prep school coach - David Pool.
Parents - George White & Bertha Johnson ... Majoring in hotel and restaurant management ... Lists hobbies as basketball, video games, cooking, computers, movies and winter sports ... Cited the relationships he established with MU coaches and players as one of the primary reasons for coming to MU ... Chose Mizzou over Michigan State, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Indiana and Central Michigan, among others.