Big defensive tackle who has gained plenty of expereince throughout his career and projects to start at nose guard this fall … His size, mixed with a good blend of speed a footwork make him a great option against the run, but he is also good in pursuit of the quarterback … Is primed for a breakout season in his first year as a starter.
Appeared in all 14 games as a sophomore and tallied 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, an interception and three quarterback hurries … Had a career-high four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble at Tennessee (Nov. 22) … Had a pair of tackles (one solo, one assist) at Texas A&M (Nov. 15) … Had a then career-high three tackles vs. Vanderbilt (Oct. 25) … Intercepted a deflected UCF pass to make one of the plays of the college football weekend in 3Q action of the 38-10 win (Sept. 13), also making 3 stops and forcing a fumble that was returned 60 yards by Duron Singleton for the final score of the game … Two tackles, including 0.5 tackle-for-loss, in the season-opening, 38-18, win vs. South Dakota State (Aug. 30).
Appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman … tallied his second sack of the year at home against Arkansas State (Sept. 28) … recorded personal single-game bests of three total tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in Mizzou’s opening game against Murray State (Aug. 31).
Highly-touted defensive lineman who also showed his skills at tight end for Peoria High School and head coach Tim Thornton … rated No. 161 in ESPN.com’s “ESPN300” list of top recruits in the nation and was ranked the seventh-best recruit in Illinois’ class of 2013 by the website … rated as the No. 9 recuit in Illinois’ class of 2013 by Rivals.com … selected to the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Game … named First Team Class 5A All-State at tight end and defensive line by the Illinois Football Coaches Association as a senior in 2012 … two-time Peoria Journal-Star All-Area honoree … recorded six sacks in his final Lion season … considered the No. 16 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com and No. 29 by Rivals.com … earned letters in track & field as a sophomore and junior for the Lions, claiming the 2012 Class 2A shot put championship with a throw of 61-05.75 … played basketball as a junior.
Chose Mizzou over several prominent programs, including Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, California, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma … plans to enroll in the College of Architecture at Mizzou … cited the Tigers coaching staff and the university’s academic reputation as reasons for coming to Columbia.