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*Blaine Gabbert heading into Jr season: 2010: Gabbert won 18 games in his two years as the starting quarterback for Mizzou, including 10 wins in 2010, which represented only the fourth 10-win season in 120 years of MU football history. Gabbert threw for 3,186 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010, while running for 232 yards and five more scores. In 31 career games at Mizzou, Gabbert threw for 6,822 yards, which is fourth-most in MU annals, while his 40 career touchdown passes ranks as third-best in school history. His career pass efficiency rating of 132.59 is also the second-highest in Mizzou history...2009: Was named 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors by multiple league media outlets, as well as earning honorable mention all-league honors from the Associated Press after ranking 2nd in the Big 12 (29th in the NCAA) in passing efficiency (140.45 rating), while raking 4th in the Big 12 and 11th in the NCAA in total offense (292.08 avg.) ... Also an outstanding student, who was named a 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 selection for his efforts in the classroom ... Won the team's Offensive Back of the Year Award, after helping guide Mizzou to eight wins on the season ... Ended the year by completing 262-of-445 passes for 3,593 yards (the 3rd-highest single season passing total in MU history) and 24 touchdowns, to go with 9 interceptions ... Also rushed for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns, and showed his willingness to play through pain when he suffered a severely sprained ankle against Nebraska, but never missed a snap other than in mop-up time the rest of the season ... 2008: Came in and quickly established himself on the depth chart, and earned playing time as a true freshman signal caller ... Saw action in 5 games in reserve duty, and showed good promise in his limited time behind center ... Led the Tiger offense to a touchdown against Colorado and a field goal against Nevada, and his final numbers included 5-of-13 passing for 43 yards, to go with 6 rushes for 22 yards.
*Jeremy Maclin heading into rSo season: 2008: Unanimous All-Big 12 Conference first-team pick...Finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and semi-finalist for the -Maxwell Award...Started all fourteen games at the H-receiver (inside slot) position, but also lined up at the traditional flanker and split end spots, in addition to carrying the ball out of the backfield...Led the nation with a school single-season record 2,833 all-purpose yards (202.36 ypg)...Set the school single-season record with 102 receptions, good for 1,260 yards (12.4 avg) and 13 touchdowns...Ranked second on the squad with 293 yards and a pair of scores on 40 carries (7.3 avg)...Ranked third in the Big 12 with 23 punt returns for 270 yards (11.7 avg) and a touchdown...Added 1,010 yards and a score on 42 kickoff returns (24.0 avg)...Also recorded two tackles - one each vs. Oklahoma and Buffalo... Caught 102-of-129 passes targeted to him (79.07%), as 14-of-27 passes he did not get to were deflected by the opposition...Proved to be one of the best clutch receivers in the game, as he converted 22-of-30 third-down passes (73.33%) and 1-of-2 fourth-down throws as he produced 55 first downs via receptions...37 of his catches were good for gains of at least ten yards, including 16 for 20 yards or longer...Had key catches that set up 21 Tiger touchdown drives...Turned the ball over twice on three fumbles...2007: Tallied 2,776 all-purpose yards, which was an NCAA Division I-A single-season freshman record, and was the fifth-most ever by any player in a season in Division I-A history ...Was the only player in the nation to record touchdowns via receiving (9), rushing (4), punt return (2) and kickoff return (1)...2006: Came to Columbia during the summer to get a jump on his acclimation period, and by all accounts was on his way to likely earning playing time as a true freshman, before a knee injury suffered in 7-on-7 passing drills in July sidelined him for the year...Maclin has amassed 182 receptions for 2,315 yards and 22 touchdowns in the air, 668 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground, and another 2,626 combined yards on punt and kickoff returns in two seasons at Missouri.
William Moore heading into rSr season: 2008: The team captain and Thorpe Award semi-finalist earned All-Big Twelve Conference first-team honors from the league's coaches, picking up second-team accolades from the Associated Press, Kansas City Star and Houston Chronicle…Member of the Nagurski Award and Lott Trophy preseason Watch Lists…Started eleven of twelve games he played in, missing the Southeast Missouri clash after he suffered a right foot sprain in the season opener vs. Illinois…Re-injured his foot vs. Nevada, sitting out the Buffalo contest…Left the Big Twelve Championship Game vs. Oklahoma with rib cartilage damage…Still managed to rank fourth on the team with 86 tackles (55 solos), including a 10-yard sack, 6.5 stops for losses of 19 yards and a pressure…Paced the Tigers with three forced fumbles and had six pass deflections along with a 17-yard interception return for a touchdown...Moore started 32-of-48 games at Missouri, recording 284 tacklers (182 solos), ranking 15th on the school overall career-record list and that total was the fourth-highest by a Tigers defensive back, topped by Jason Simpson (331, 2002-05), Erik McMillan (323, 1984-87) and Adrian Jones (319, 1986-89)…Registered three sacks for minus 31 yards, 17.0 stops for losses totaling 67 yards and four quarterback pressures…Recovered one fumble and caused six others…Deflected 22 passes and had eleven interceptions for 162 yards, breaking Erik McMillan's school career-record (three) by returning four of those thefts for touchdowns…2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 71 Sol-115 TT, 9 TFL, 2 SK, 8 INT, 5 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FF; Second team All-Big 12. Emerged as one of the nation's top playmakers at safety, as he tied for the NCAA lead with a school-record 8 interceptions … His development throughout the course of the season was a major reason why the Tiger defense turned into one of the better ones in the Big 12 Conference, and his leadership after the defense lost fellow safety Pig Brown in game eight for the year was crucial … Had 5 INTs and 2 forced fumbles in the 6 games after Brown was lost for the year 2006: 13 GP; 4 GS; 33 Sol-51 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FR; Made big plays as a sophomore on both defense and special teams.
Chase Coffman heading into Sr season: 2008: The consensus All-American first-team selection was the recipient of the John Mackey Award, given to the top tight end in the nation...The Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist (given to college football's premier receiver) added All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors and was named the Tigers' Most Valuable Player...Selected Mackey Award National Player of the Week vs. Buffalo...Added Maxwell Award Watch List honors, an award that is presented to the outstanding collegiate football player in America since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell...Started twelve games, missing the Kansas State and Iowa State contests due to a left big toe sprain and hyperextension that required the tight end to wear a protective boot to speed up his recovery process for a few weeks...The tight end returned to the field for his final three collegiate games, but also played with a noticeable limp, as he was not fully recovered from that injury...He still managed to lead the team, as he set a school single-season record with 90 receptions for 987 yards (11.0 avg) and ten touchdowns...His 90 grabs broke the old Tiger record of 84 by Martin Rucker in 2007... Those 90 receptions tied the NCAA major college single-season record for tight end, matching a mark that was first set by Kentucky's James Whalen in 1999...Only Jeremy Maclin (95 in 2008) had more receptions in a season by a Tigers player...His 987 yards receiving in 2008 set the school tight end single-season record and rank fifth on Missouri's overall annual record chart behind Maclin (1,055 yards in 2007; 1,221 yards in 2008), Victor Bailey (1,210 in 1992) and Justin Gage (1,075 in 2002)...2007: 13 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 1-8-8-0; Pass: 1-0-0-0-0-0; Rec: 52-531-10.2-7; Had yet another standout season as one of the nation's top tight ends, but was hampered late in the year by an ankle injury that really limited his mobility and that kept him from playing in the Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma …2006: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rec: 58-638-11-9; 2006 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches). Surpassed his stellar freshman campaign with a record-setting sophomore season that catapulted him into the nation's elite at the position ... Was a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, and led all Big 12 tight ends with 58 catches for 638 yards and 9 TDs - with all of those figures breaking single-season MU tight end records ... Named 1st-Team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press among others.
*Sheldon Richardson heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/13 - Sheldon Richardson, DT, 6-3, 294, Missouri...Viewed as a bit of a reach by many draftniks, but Richardson fills a glaring need for a team that lost its two starting nose tackles and whose rush defense fell to 26th in the NFL last season. Richardson only played two years at Missouri but led the SEC with 75 tackles last year and recorded 30 tackles on third or fourth down. - The Sports Xchange
Sean Weatherspoon heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 76 Sol-155 TT, 18.5 TFL, 5 SK, 3 INT, 7 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FF; Won 2nd-Team All-American honors from one national outlet, as he led the Big 12 Conference in tackles (11.07 per game), as well as being a Butkus Award Finalist and unanimous 1st-Team All-Big 12 selection … Finished with gaudy numbers of 155 tackles (2nd-most in MU single-season history, 18.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions (2 of which he returned for touchdowns), all while leading the team with 7 passes broken up from his linebacker position … Valero Alamo Bowl defensive MVP after registering 17 tackles, wasn't even credited for the crucial play where he and teammate William Moore got in the backfield simultaneously to force a fumble by the Wildcat quarterback that resulted in a nearly 25-yard loss … Opened the year with a huge performance against Illinois, as he made nine tackles, intercepted two passes, running the second back 35 yards for a touchdown that essentially sealed the game in the fourth quarter; named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week … Led the team with a career-high 20 tackles against Buffalo, including three TFLs for a loss of six yards; added a pass break-up and a half-sack and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week … Was second on the team with 12 tackles in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma … Displayed his toughness during spring camp, when he suffered torn labrum in his shoulder toward the middle of the camp, but he chose to finish camp before getting surgery so that he could get the experience and help lead the Tiger defense. 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 75 Sol-127 TT, 9.5 TFL, 3 SK, 8 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF; Second team All-Big 12 … led the team, ranked 5th in the Big 12 in tackles … Also broke up 8 passes on the year (2nd-most on the team), and had two more balls that he deflected on pass rushes that were intercepted by FS William Moore – one of which Moore returned for a back-breaking touchdown in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas … Was second on the team with nine tackles in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-17 TT, 1 TFL, 1 BLK; Named Mizzou's special teams player of the year, as he led the team with 9 tackles on kickoff coverage … Saw the field in reserve duty on defense, and was listed as the backup on the depth chart at middle linebacker to senior co-captain Dedrick Harrington … Earned playing time with a strong fall camp, and showed coaches that he was ready to play right away, despite his youth … In his collegiate debut versus Murray State, had 5 tackles and blocked a punt that went out of the endzone for a safety … One of four true freshmen to play for the Tigers in 2006.
Evander Hood heading into Sr season: 2008: Consensus All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection...Added Academic All-Big 12 second-team accolades...Team captain and named the Tigers' Defensive Lineman of the Year...Started all fourteen games at weak-side defensive tackle, recording a career-high 62 tackles (31 solos)...Ranked second on the team with five sacks for minus 37 yards and had seven stops for losses of 42 yards...Credited with twelve quarterback pressures, as he recovered two fumbles, deflected a pair of passes and blocked one kick...Helped the team rank second in the league and 12th in the nation with an average of 7.43 tackles for loss per game...Part of a front wall that gave up just 124.86 yards per game rushing...Held the opposition to 97 yards on 40 running plays he was involved in (2.43 ypc), as he made eight third-down stops vs. the run and allowed just seven first downs with no touchdowns and stopped opposing ball carriers for no gain on ten of those rushing attempts...Ten of his QB pressures came on third-down snaps and another on fourth-down...Registered ten tackles inside the red zone, including six on goal line plays...2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 30 Sol-46 TT, 8 TFL, 4.5 SK, 5 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF; Won honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both league media and coaches for his play, which included career-best numbers in every major category … Ended the year with 49 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 4 QB hurries and 3 forced fumbles...2006: 10 GP; 7 GS; 24 Sol-36 TT, 5 TFL, 4 SK, 1 PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FF; Had his true sophomore season derailed somewhat by a broken foot in the 3rd game of the season, but he returned to play in the final 7 games, playing at not quite 100 percent health ... Opened his sophomore season on a tear, recording 13 tackles, 3 sacks and 4 TFLs in the season's first 3 games, before breaking a foot in game 3 at New Mexico ... Had surgery on Sept. 18th to insert a screw, and returned to action against Texas A&M on Oct. 14, missing just 3 games...First name is Evander, but is known by most everyone (friends and family included) as Ziggy - a nickname given to him by his grandmother as a child.
*Kony Ealy heading into rJr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: CAROLINA PANTHERS: Round 2/60 -- Kony Ealy, DE, 6-4, 273, Missouri...General manager Dave Gettleman said he was shocked Ealy was still on the board when the Panthers were on the clock at No. 60. Many considered Ealy a first-round pick, and Carolina was more than happy to stop his curious fall even though it wasn't for a position of need. - The Sports Xchange
Michael Egnew heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 3/78 - Michael Egnew, TE, 6-5, 252, Missouri...He's been a productive seam threat tight end during his career at Missouri, catching 147 passes for 1,332 yards and scoring eight touchdowns, most of which came in his two seasons as a starter. But fellow Tigers tight ends like Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman have fallen short of matching their college productivity. - The Sports Xchange
*Aldon Smith heading into rSo season: 2010: Redshirt sophomore Smith's 2010 season was hampered by a leg injury which kept him out of three games in the first half of the year, but he returned in time to grab a key interception in his first game back against #1-ranked Oklahoma which helped Mizzou post a 36-27 win over the Sooners in Columbia. In 10 games in 2010, Smith had 48 total tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks...2009: Did not disappoint whatsoever in his first year seeing the field, as he won numerous prestigious awards, including Big 12 Defensive Newcomer and Freshman of the Year (in unanimous fashion), as well as being named a 1st-Team Freshman All-American, thanks to his monster season which included 64 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and an MU single-season record 11.5 quarterback sacks ... Finished the year ranked 9th in the NCAA in sacks (0.88 per game) and 14th in tackles for loss (1.46 per game) ... Showed he had the ability to make huge plays at anytime, as evidenced by his play against rival Kansas, when he came up with two of the bigger plays in the ballgame in the 4th quarter after being shutout in the first 3 quarters of play.
Tim Barnes heading into rSr season: 2010: Barnes earned 1st-team honors for the first time in his career, thanks to his efforts anchoring an offense that has helped guide the Tigers to a 10-2 record and a share of the Big 12 North Division title in 2010...2009: Helped lead the Tigers to a bowl game with his outstanding play anchoring the line of scrimmage ... Was a steadying force for first-year starting QB Blaine Gabbert, and made all 13 starts for the Tigers at center on the season ... Part of an offensive line that gave up just 20 sacks in 13 games on the season (467 passing attempts in all) ... Named to the watch list for the Rimington Award, which is given to the nation's top offensive lineman ... Part of an MU offense that averaged just under 30 points per game on the season. 2008: Had an outstanding season in his first year as a starter, establishing himself as one of the top centers in the Big 12 Conference ... Took over the starting duties at center, starting all 14 games ... Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition from league coaches ... Was a key part of the Tigers' offense that ranked eighth nationally in total offense (484.14 yards per game) and sixth in the NCAA in scoring offense (42.21 ppg), while coming in fourth in the nation in passing offense (330.36 ypg) ... Tiger offensive line also ranked 16th nationally in fewest quarterback sacks allowed (1.21 per game). 2007: Made the move to center during before the season, where he served as understudy for Rimington finalist Adam Spieker ... Saw action in 7 games during the season, getting valuable game experience ... Took the field in games against Western Michigan, Illinois State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Colorado, Kansas State and in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas ... An excellent student who earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors for his work in the classroom ... Entered spring camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart at right guard, before eventually moving to center. 2006: Redshirted.
Justin Britt heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 2/64 -- Justin Britt, T, 6-5, 325, Missouri...Played left tackle for the Tigers but is expected to start at right tackle for the Seahawks, where he should compete with Michael Bowie for a starting spot in 2014 to replace the departed Breno Giacomini. - The Sports Xchange
Zaviar Gooden heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 3/97 - Zaviar Gooden, LB, 6-1, 234, Missouri...There really wasn't a need here with weak-side linebacker Zach Brown arriving last year. But the Titans like Gooden's speed (4.47 in the 40) and figure to use him on special teams and perhaps in certain packages as a rookie. - The Sports Xchange
Michael Sam heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 7/249 - Michael Sam, DE, 6-2, 261, Missouri...Sam doesn't have outstanding measureables, but all he does is produce. The co-Defensive Player of the Year last season in the SEC, he had 11.5 sacks, nine pressures and 19 tackles for loss. The Rams intend to use him as a designated pass rusher in the varied packages employed by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He has become a trailblazer for being the first openly gay player in the NFL, but he knows the ultimate judgment will be on his football prowess. - The Sports Xchange
*Ace Sanders heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 4/101 - Ace Sanders, WR/PR, 5-7, 178, South Carolina...Sanders fills a role that the Jaguars have been lacking in recent years, that of a punt returner. He's listed at wide receiver and he told the local media that "I'm a wide receiver who also returns punts." But the Jaguars will likely see his role in the reverse order. They have several established young receivers but need help with the kick return game. Sanders can fill that void. - The Sports Xchange
Jacquies Smith heading into Sr season: 2010: Team Outstanding Underclassmen Leadership Award ... Earned 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors for making 35 tackles, 10 TFLs and 5.5 QB sacks … Also forced and recovered two fumbles and returned one of them for a TD. 2009: Played in all 13 games, starting five of them while racking up 39 tackles, including four tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks … Forced a pair of fumbles on the year, recovered a fumble, and also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown … Took a shovel pass on a fake field goal attempt at Colorado, and scooted around left end 24 yards for a touchdown … Closed the season by notching a career-high nine tackles in the Texas Bowl against Navy … named as the team's most improved defensive lineman in the spring. 2008: Played in all 14 games, and making one start against Colorado … Finished with 46 tackles, three tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, and adding two pass break ups and two quarterback hurries … Closed the season in fine fashion, as he notched a career-best seven tackles in helping Mizzou to its thrilling overtime win against Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl.
E.J. Gaines heading into Sr season: 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: ST. LOUIS RAMS: Round 6/188 -- E.J. Gaines, CB, 5-10, 190, Missouri...An undersized playmaker, Gaines shut down Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Adams last season, holding him to four catches for 8 yards. He is good against the run, and he plays a physical game with aggressiveness. Gaines is a good zone corner who loves to compete. He believes he possesses the versatility to help at corner, in the slot or even safety. - The Sports Xchange
Chase Daniel heading into Sr season: 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; Rush: 109-253-2.3-4; Pass: 563-384-68.2-4306-33-11; 1 Sol-1 TT, 1 FF; First team All-Big 12, Offensive Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy finalist. Had arguably the single-best individual season in Tiger history, as he broke records hand over fist and helped lead Mizzou to a record 12 wins, and the school's first-ever Big 12 Conference North Division championship, a New Year's Day bowl win for the first time since 1966, a #1 ranking in the Associated Press poll for the first time since 1960 and an MU-best final A.P. ranking of #4 … Became MU's first player to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, when he earned an invitation to New York City to take part in the ceremony in Times Square, where he finished fourth overall … Threw for an MU record 4,306 yards and 33 TDs, with an outstanding passer rating of 147.89 … Ranked 7th in the NCAA in total offense (325.64 ypg) and was 15th in pass efficiency, while leading the offense to a final NCAA ranking of 5th in total offense (490.29 ypg)... His 33 touchdown passes was a new school record, breaking his own mark of 28....2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 147-379-2.6-4; Pass: 452-287-63.5-3527-28-10; Second team All-Big 12 in '06. First-year starter who had the unenviable task of replacing legendary record-setting QB Brad Smith, and promptly attained legendary status of his own, setting numerous passing records on his own, and helped lead the Tigers to 8 regular-season wins for just the 10th time in school history ... Shattered MU single-season records for passing yards (3,527 - old mark was 2,436 by Jeff Handy in 1992), and passing TDs (28 - old mark was 18 by Terry McMillan in 1969), among many other records ... Also broke Smith's season record for TDs responsible for, with 32, and total offense, with a record 3,906 yards of offense - his per-game average of 300.5 ranked 5th in the NCAA, the highest a Tiger has rated in that category since Bob Steuber was 3rd in the nation in total offense in 1942 ... Named 2nd-Team All-Big 12 quarterback by league coaches...2005: 10 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 39-57-1.5-1; Pass: 66-38-57.6-347-1-2; The 2004 EA Sports National High School Player of the Year who won the backup job in fall camp, despite his true freshman status ... Saw action in 10 games, as Tiger coaches tried to give him a series or two in most games to prepare him for the future ... Completed nearly 60% of his passes, going 38-of-66 for 347 yards and 1 TD, with 2 INTs ... Also rushed 39 times for 57 yards and 1 TD.
Stryker Sulak heading into rSr season: 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 36 Sol-59 TT, 11 TFL, 6 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 2 QBH, 4 FF, 1 BLK; Had a break-out season as a junior, winning 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors from multiple media outlets for a season that saw him record 60 tackles and a team-best 11 tackles for loss (71 yards), while adding 6 QB sacks … Also led the team with 4 forced fumbles as he was a constant disruptive force for opposing offenses...2006: 13 GP; 4 GS; 26 Sol-51 TT, 5 TFL, 2 SK, 5 PBU, 5 QBH, 3 FR, 1 FF; Played season with a torn plantar fascia (arch) in his foot. Was a significant contributor in all 13 games on the year, starting 4 in all ... Had 51 total tackles, including 5.0 tackles for loss and 2 QB sacks, to go with 1 forced fumble, 3 recovered fumbles, 5 QB pressures and 5 passes broken up ... Role increased late in the year following the injury to alltime QB sacks leader Brian Smith, and his season tackles total ranked 3rd among MU defensive linemen and his 5 PBUs ended tied for 3rd on the squad overall ...2005: 12 GP; 7 GS; 22 Sol-38 TT, 6.5 TFL, 4 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 3 FF; Very talented and athletic defensive end who emerged as a big playmaker in his first season on the field for the Tigers ... Shared the team's freshman of the year honors with TE Chase Coffman, and was named a 1st-Team Freshman All-Big 12 performer by the Sporting News ... Took over as the starter at one end spot for the final 7 games of the season ... Had 38 total tackles on the year, including 6.5 tackles for loss (42 yards) and 4 QB sacks (34 yards) ...2004: Redshirt season ... Made quite an impression during fall camp and throughout the season during practice, making big plays constantly.
Brock Christopher heading into Sr season: 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 57 Sol-105 TT, 7.5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Moved to his more natural MLB position, after playing at SLB the previous year, and had a career-year with 106 tackles, winning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both league media and coaches … Started all 14 games and provided a steady presence for a position group that had lost 2-of-3 starters from the 2006 season... 2006: 13 GP; 11 GS; 48 Sol-87 TT, 6.5 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FF; Talented, young linebacker who come into his own as a sophomore ... Began fall camp as the backup to Dedrick Harrington at MLB, but with the injury to Van Alexander, shifted to strongside, and was the starter there all year ... Started 11-of-13 games (with the 2 non-starts coming when MU started in a nickel package), and registered a career-high 87 tackles, which ranked 4th-best on the team ... Had 6.5 TFLs on the season, which was 2nd-best among Tiger linebackers ... 2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; 16 Sol-31 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FF; True freshman linebacker that stepped in and made a nice impact straight out of high school, seeing action in 11 games ... Ended with 31 tackles on the year, with 26 of those coming on defense, and 5 more on the kickoff coverage squad.
Kurtis Gregory heading into rSr season: 2008: Started all 14 games at right guard for Mizzou’s record-setting offense … Actually began the fall at left tackle, but was able to move back over to his more natural right guard position, thanks to the quick emergence of redshirt freshman Elvis Fisher at the left tackle spot … The Tigers continued their assault on the MU record books, and finished the year ranked in the NCAA top-10 in four major offensive categories, including passing offense (4th – 330.36 ypg), scoring offense (6th – 42.21 ppg), total offense (8th – 484.14 ypg) and passing efficiency (10th – 157.84 rating) … The Tigers also ranked 16th nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.21), despite throwing the ball 565 times on the season … Was named 2nd-Team All-Big 12 by league coaches for his efforts, and was named the team’s outstanding underclassman leadership honoree … Also took home the prestigious Big 12/Chick-Fil-A Community Champion award, which goes annually to honor the best student-athletes for their contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community. 2007: Won honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press for his outstanding play in his first year as a starter at right guard … MU was the only team in the country to score 30 points or more in all 12 regular-season games (13-of-14 overall) … Mizzou ranked 5th in the NCAA in total offense (490.29 ypg), 8th in scoring offense (39.86 ppg) and 9th in passing offense (314.07 ypg), while checking in at 13th in passing efficiency offense (145.97 rating) … An outstanding student who won 1st-Team Academic All-District and 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2007. 2006: Saw action in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman, gaining more time as the season progressed ... Entered the Sun Bowl game listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at left tackle ... Is an outstanding student who earned 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors this year ... Entered spring listed on the depth at left guard, but after the injury to incumbent starter Tyler Luellen at left tackle, Gregory took over and got invaluable experience at the spot, looking impressive in doing so. 2005: Redshirt season ... Spent his 1st year getting acclimated to the program and practiced as part of the scout team.
Kevin Rutland heading into rSr season: 2010: Rutland is the team leader with 3 INTs and has also crashed from the corner to make 4.0 QB sacks. He started all 13 games in 2010 and finished the season with 44 tackles (34 solo), 4 TFLs and 7 passes broken up...2009: 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 ... 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...2008: 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 ...2007: 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 ...2006: Redshirted.
Jaron Baston heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 14 GP; 14 GS; 17 Sol-49 TT, 8 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR; Named honorable mention All-Big 12 by league coaches for his play … Recovered two fumbles on the year, which tied for fifth most in the Big 12 … Had an impressive spring camp where he established himself, and was voted by coaches as the team’s most improved defensive lineman. 2007: 14 GP; 0 GS; 5 Sol-12 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 QBH; An important reserve for the defensive line.2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 7 Sol-14 TT, 2 TFL, 2 QBH; Saw action in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman, and saw his role increase in the latter part of the year, along with his production … Served most of the year as the backup to Lorenzo Williams at the noseguard position. 2005: Redshirt season … Was impressive playing on the scout team in practice, and also in the weight room.
Danario Alexander heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2008: 12 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 2-6-3-0; Pass: 1-0-0-0-0-0; Rec: 26-329-12.7-5; 1 Sol-1 TT; Was not fully 100 percent throughout the year, as he was still working through the after-effects of off-season knee surgery … Missed the first two games of the year, and returned to catch at least one pass in every game the rest of the way. 2007: 10 GP; 2 GS; Rush: 6-31-5.2-0; Rec: 37-417-11.3-2; Missed four-plus games due to bad luck with injuries … Was second on the team with a career-high nine catches for 82 yards in the season opener against Illinois … Left the game with an injury to his left wrist after being tackled on that play and missed the next three games … Had a 19-yard run against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship, but injured his left knee on the play … Missed the Cotton Bowl after having surgery on the injured knee. 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 2-12-6-0; Rec: 15-251-16.7-1; True freshman wideout who earned playing time with an impressive fall camp, and who blossomed late in the season to make big contributions … Ended the season with 15 catches for 251 yards and 1 TD, with 11 of his 15 catches coming in the final 4 games of the year … Closed the season with a 74-yard TD catch in the Sun Bowl (his first career TD) against Oregon State, when he got loose on a fly pattern and outraced the Beaver secondary untouched.
Brian Coulter heading into rSr season: 2008: 12 GP; 0 GS; 13 Sol-29 TT, 6.5 TFL, 3 SK, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF; Was limited by various nagging injuries, but showed in spurts that he had the ability to be an impact player at defensive end … Injured his foot during summer workouts, an injury which kept him less than full strength for much of the first half of the season … Had a career-best 9 stops overall in Mizzou’s overtime win against Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl. JC: Recorded 50 tackles and notched 13 quarterback sacks at Pearl River Community College as a sophomore ... Was voted team MVP and also earned 1st-Team All-State and All-Region honors in his sophomore season ... As a freshman, had 11 sacks and was a 2nd-Team All-Region pick ... Was ranked as the No. 2 defensive end junior college prospect by one outlet, and had over 30 division I scholarship offers come his way.
Jerrell Jackson heading into Sr season: 2010: Turned in 50 receptions for 656 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown as well on a jet sweep ... Made 9 starts in all in 12 games, despite suffering a broken bone in his wrist early in preseason camp ... Had 9 receptions for 139 yards in win over #1-ranked Oklahoma, including a thrilling 38-yard reception in the fourth quarter that gave Mizzou the lead for good ... Also caught 9 passes in the Insight Bowl against Iowa for 129 yards ... Did not play against Miami (Ohio) due to an injury. 2009: Started five times on the season, and stepped up big-time when senior wideout Jared Perry missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury … Caught 142 yards of passes (on eight receptions) in a key win against Iowa State, including a career-long 70-yard TD catch-and-run … He followed by catching five passes for 54 yards in the epic win against rival Kansas, but made his biggest contribution when he took a third-quarter jet sweep around right end and turned on the burners to go untouched for a 37-yard TD run … His receptions (37) and yardage (458) were both good for the third-highest totals on the team for the season. 2008: Saw action in all 14 games on the season, finishing with nine receptions for 98 yards, plus two rushes for a net of 10 yards out of the backfield … Finished the year by making a 15-yard reception against Northwestern in the Tigers' overtime win against Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl.
Tommy Saunders heading into rSr season: 2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; Rush: 2-(-3)-(-1.5)-0; Pass: 3-3-100-31-1-0; Rec: 41-397-9.7-1; 2 Sol-2 TT; Won the team's underclassman leadership award for his season, which included a career-high 41 catches for 397 yards on the year, continuing to be as steady and depen...2006: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 25-271-10.8-2; PR: 11-118-10.7-0; Came into his own starting all 13 games at the Z-receiver spot, and posted career numbers, with 25 catches for 271 yards and 2 TDs ... 2005: 12 GP; 3 GS; Rush: 1-6-6-0; Rec: 12-99-8.2-1; PR: 1-0-0-0 KR: 4-71-17.8-0; Made a nice contribution in his first year on the field, playing in all 12 games, and making 3 starts ... Made his 3 starts at the Z-receiver spot, taking over for Brad Ekwerekwu...2004: Redshirt season ... Joined the team as a walk-on, and was a member of the offensive scout team.
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