- 2013 Spring Team Most Improved Safety
Will be looked at as a leader in the Tiger secondary as he enters his second season as a full-time starter at free safety … Savvy defender who has a nose for the football and is valuable in both coverage and run defense … Is listed atop the depth chart at free safety heading into fall camp.
Was a standout member of the Tiger secondary, tallying 54 tackles (34 solo, 20 assists) with an interception, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble … Had a career-high 10 tackles (nine solo, one assist) in Mizzou’s Citrus Bowl win over Minnesota … Added a pass break-up in that win as well … Had three tackles, first TFL of the season, tallying 0.5 at Tennessee (11/22) … Three tackles and first INT of the season at Texas A&M (11/15) … INT at A&M came off of a Kyle Allen pass in the first quarter … Two tackles vs. Kentucky (Nov. 1) in ninth start of season … Four tackles and one PBU in the win at No. 13 South Carolina (Sept. 27) … Career-best eight tackles vs. Indiana (Sept. 20) … Two tackles and the first forced fumble of his career in the season-opening 38-18 win vs. South Dakota State (Aug. 30).
Became a trusted member of the secondary, making six starts as an additional defensive back, and he turned in career numbers, with 42 tackles, 5 pass break ups and 3.5 TFLs … made a start in the regular-season finale in a 28-21 win vs. No. 19 Texas A&M (Nov. 30), recording a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss among his four total tackles … matched his career-high in stops (six) vs. Tennessee (Nov. 2), also setting a new career-best in pass breakups (two) … had four tackles and one PBU in the win vs. No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19) … six tackles in the 41-26 win at No. 7 Georgia (Oct. 12) … grabbed his first career interception vs. Toledo (Sept. 7).
Saw action in 10 games during his sophomore season and ended with 14 tackles for the year … eight of his tackles came in his final two outings, as he came on strong toward the end of the season … made a career-best six tackles in the season finale at Texas A&M, and also had two-tackle outings at Tennessee and against Kentucky … broke up a 4th-down pass at Tennessee in the 4th overtime which set up Mizzou’s game-winning field goal on their ensuing possession in the 51-48 thriller … opened the season by making one tackle for a loss of three yards against Southeastern Louisiana, and also had single tackle games against South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Alabama.
Versatile talent who starred in numerous roles for his team, while earning most of his accolades as a hard-hitting, ball-hawking defensive back … was a three-time all-district selection who hails from the same hometown as former Tiger Eric Waters, and his presence at MU played a factor in him joining the program … demonstrated great leadership skills, as he was voted a team captain for each of his last two seasons, while also taking home his team’s special teams MVP honors and winning academic all-district honors three years as well … had 68 tackles as a senior, to go with two interceptions (returning one for a score) and seven pass break ups, while adding three rushing TDs, one receiving TD and one kickoff return TD … high school coach – Chris Melson.
Parents – Kim & Daphne Simon … chose Mizzou over Boise State, Virginia, Air Force and Washington State, among others.