• 2015 Spring Team Most Improved CB
Will be looked at as one of the leaders in the Tiger secondary as he enters his second season as a starter at one of the two cornerback positions … Is expected to have a breakout season as a shutdown corner with great speed and coverage ability, along with a nose for the football … Spring notables: Intercepted two passes to go along with six tackles (two solo) and a TFL during the initial spring scrimmage … Returned a pick 23 yards and recorded three tackles (two solo) with a pass defensed in the third spring scrimmage.
Played in 13 games, starting 12, and had 36 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 3 interceptions and 10 pass break-ups … Tallied three pass break-ups in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl … Pulled in his fourth career INT and had two PBU and four tackles vs. Kentucky (Nov. 1) … First TFL of 2014 with a tackle for a 6-yard loss in 3Q action of the 21-20 win at No. 13 South Carolina (Sept. 27) … Crucial 4th down PBU to end game against the Gamecocks … 4 solo stops and a career-best 2 PBUs in the 38-10 win vs. UCF (Sept. 13) … Second INT and third of his career in the win at Toledo (Sept. 6), with his 38-yard return to the Toledo 25-yard line setting up a key touchdown … Opened 2014 with a career-best seven tackles vs. South Dakota State (Aug. 30), also snagged the second interception of his career
Played as a true freshman, and played a big role for the Tiger defense, filling in for star corner E.J. Gaines when he was out due to a leg injury midway through the season … Started twice in place of Gaines, and did very nicely, giving Tiger coaches a lot of confidence in his abilities … Finished the season with 16 tackles in 14 games, with an interception and a pass break up as well … Made first career start in the 36-17 win vs. No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19) and recorded his first interception in the 1st quarter … Had 3 stops vs. the Gators, and equaled that two other times, with 3-tackle outings against Tennessee and Arkansas State.
Ranked No. 15 overall in the state of Missouri’s class of 2013 by Rivals.com and No. 16 by ESPN.com … showed superb athleticism throughout his career at Christian Brothers College High School for head coach Scott Pingel, snagging 59 catches for 896 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2012 … recorded two interceptions on defense for the Cadets … earned first team Class 6 All-State recognition from both the Missouri Football Coaches Association and Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association … contributed all over the field as a junior in 2011, catching 40 passes for 842 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing 27 times for 302 yards and four scores … added 51 tackles and two interceptions.
Parents – George and Kimberly Penton … chose Mizzou early in the recruiting process … also played basketball and ran track for Christian Brothers … plans to major in communications at Missouri … noted the Mizzou football program’s strong academic reputation as playing a part in his recruitment.