One of the defensive leaders on the team, he will be looked at as one of the top linebackers in the SEC in 2015 and provides veteran consistency and ability in the middle of the defense … Is physically imposing for the opposition and is one of the hardest hitting, physical players on the roster.
Emerged as one of the Tigers’ top defensive players in his first year as a starter, finishing second on the team in tackles with 114 while tallying 3.5 TFLs, one forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries … Also added a half sack on the year … Hit his season-high in tackles twice with 13 against Indiana (Sept. 20) and against Kentucky (Nov. 1) … Also hit double-digit tackles against UCF (Sept. 13) … Had a pair of QB hurries at Toledo (Sept. 6) … Forced a fumble in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama (Dec. 6) and had 7 tackles in all during that ballgame … Had a half sack at Tennessee (Nov. 22) … Had nine or more tackles in six games … Had at least five tackles in 12 of 13 games on the year … Had a career-best eight solo stops against UCF (Sept. 13) … Posted seven tackles in the Citrus Bowl.
Played in all 14 games in his first full year for Mizzou … recorded six tackles (four solo), while also tallying one tackle for loss.
Ranked by both ESPN and Rivals as the No. 8 overall talent in the state of Missouri for 2012 at any position … ESPN ranked him as the nation’s No. 20 prospect at inside linebacker, while Rivals slotted him as the country’s No. 56-ranked outside linebacker … won First-Team All-State honors each of his last two seasons, and was named his conference’s Player of the Year in 2011 … was an Under Armour All-American as a junior when he made 83 tackles and had four sacks and one interception … also stood out as a powerful running back, running for 1,120 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior … high school coach – Josh Smith.
Parents – Joseph & Dori Scherer … plans to major in business at Mizzou … chose Mizzou over Stanford, Nebraska, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Illinois and Iowa, among many others … says that the team and coaches at Mizzou are like one big family, and that comfort level was a major reason for choosing MU.