- 2014 AP All-SEC Honorable Mention
- SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (11/25/2013)
Primed for a breakout season, the All-SEC performer figures to be one of the top interior defensive linemen in the nation … Boasts great athleticism that helps him combine as one of the nation’s top run stuffer/pass rusher combinations.
Had outstanding sophomore season that saw him earn honorable mention All-SEC acclaim from the AP … Totaled 54 stops with 5.0 sacks and 7.0 TFLs in 14 games (10 starts) … Made five tackles in SEC title game vs. Alabama, including a half-sack … Had two tackles vs. Arkansas (Nov. 28) … Had three tackles, 0.5 sack, one pass break-up and a QBH at Tennessee (Nov. 22) … Posted six tackles (two solo) at Texas A&M (11/15) as his five-game sack streak was snapped … Had a 0.5-sack outing in 20-10 win vs. UK, extending his sack streak to five consecutive games with a sack … Four tackles, including 1.0 TFL and 0.5 sack, vs. Vanderbilt (Oct. 25) … Recorded a total of six stops, including 1.0 sack, as well as his third career block on a PAT in the 42-13 win at Florida (Oct. 18) … 7 tackles, including 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack to tie career bests vs. UGA (Oct. 11) … Career-best eight tackles in the game vs. Indiana (Sept. 20), also recording his second career rush (10 yards) to pick up a first down on a fake punt in the third quarter … Second blocked FG of his career at Toledo (Sept. 6)
Brought youth to Mizzou’s defensive trenches and earned six starts between noseguard and defensive tackle … Closed the year in impressive fashion, with a career-best 7-tackle night in MU’s Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State … incredible game at No. 24 Ole Miss included a blocked FG and a 26-yard rush on a Mizzou fake punt attempt that earned him SEC special teams weekly award … produced a career-high four tackles in the game vs. No. 20 South Carolina (Oct. 26) … pounced on a loose ball in the fourth quarter for a fumble recovery vs. No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19) … had three tackles and a career-best two pass break-ups in the win vs. Arkansas State (Sept. 28) in his first career start … tallied career-high 2.0 tackles for loss in the 45-28 win at Indiana (Sept. 21).
Late addition to the 2012 signing class who is a high-motor talent with a powerful burst off the ball and who is known as a solid tackler … rated by ESPN as the No. 68 overall prospect at any position out of the state of Pennsylvania in 2012 … had 48 tackles and a pair of sacks as a senior in 2011 and also rushed for 835 yards and 19 touchdowns from the fullback position … earned First-Team All-Conference honors as a senior, and was named to the Patriot News All-Star Team … was his team’s Offensive and Defensive MVP as a senior, while also winning team Defensive MVP honors as a junior … High school coach – Mark Painter.
Parents – Brian & Shantih Dean … chose Mizzou over Syracuse, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Rutgers, among others.