- 2015 Spring Team Most Improved LB
After appearing in all 14 games a season ago and earning the team’s most improved linebacker award in the spring, he is in position to become a key contributor on the defensive side of the ball in 2015 … Enters fall camp listed at No. 1 on the depth chart at the strongside linebacker spot.
Played in all 14 games, starting four, and picked up 24 tackles (13 solo, 11 assists) … Also had 3.5 tackles for loss, one pass break-up and three QB hurries with a fumble recovery … Tallied two tackles, including a TFL, and recovered a fumble in the Citrus Bowl … Had a career-high five tackles against Vanderbilt (Oct. 25) and had four the previous game at Florida (Oct. 18) … Added a pair of tackles in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama (Dec. 6) … Tallied his first career TFL in Mizzou’s season-opening win over South Dakota State … Added another TFL against Vanderbilt (Oct. 25).
Made solid contributions on special teams as a redshirt freshman … Picked up playing time in 10 games on the year, while recording five tackles (four solo) … Four of the stops came on kickoff coverage, which ranked him third on the team there … One of his stops came in Mizzou’s Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State.
ESPN rated him as the No. 6 overall prospect at any position in the state of Missouri, while also touting him as the No. 12 inside linebacker prospect in the nation … Rivals listed him as the No. 7 overall prospect at any position in the state of Missouri for 2012 … served as team captain during his senior season as a standout on both sides of the ball for Parkway North … ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, and on defense ran one interception back 102 yards for a touchdown to set a school record for longest interception return … was his team’s MVP as a junior when he made 62 tackles and had five sacks and two interceptions on defense, while he rushed for 396 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added 153 yards receiving … was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-America Game in December at Cowboys Stadium … also was a three-year letterman in basketball, winning All-Conference recognition as a junior… high school coach – Bob Bunton.
Parents – Robert & Judy Newsom … lists hobbies as drawing and playing basketball … chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Tennessee, Iowa, Wake Forest, Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois, among others.