01/11/2013 - Even after a school-record 50 consecutive games started at Missouri Western, David Bass could have the best opportunity of his career to alert the NFL he's ready to play. A 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive end, Bass is in Florida training for the East-West Shrine Game in which he'll compete Jan. 19 along with a nearly entire roster of Division I talent.
Bass and Minnesota-Duluth guard Garth Heikkinen - the Gene Upshaw Award winner for Division II's top lineman, an award for which Bass contended as the only defensive line finalist - are two of just five Division II performers tabbed for this game. Bass finished with an MIAA Conference-best 10 1/2 sacks as a a senior and a school-record 39 1/2 for his career - including two four-sack games as a junior. - Sam Robinson, News Press Now
01/09/2013 - Missouri Western defensive end David Bass tore through MIAA offensive lines picking up a Griffon record 40.5 sacks throughout his career in St. Joseph. Now the St. Louis native will get to showcase that talent among the best football players in the nation. Bass will participate in the NFL Combine which takes place from February 20-26 in Indianapolis. He earned the invitation to the camp starting 50 consecutive games for Western, setting the school sack record, and racking up 56 tackles-for-loss through four seasons.
NFL teams are looking at Bass as a defensive end, his position throughout his career for the Griffons, and linebacker. His style of play is being compared to former Missouri Tiger, now San Francisco 49er, defensive end Aldon Smith. Smith ran a 4.74 40-yard dash at the 2011 combine, the same time that Bass has recorded during workouts. - Matthew Tritten, StJoeChannel.com
11/28/2012 - Regional voting narrowed a field of 46 candidates to eight finalists for the 2012 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award. The finalists include seven offensive linemen and one defensive lineman. All eight of this year's award finalists play for teams that reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs and six are set to play in the quarterfinals this weekend. The award is sponsored by the Manheim Touchdown Club and voted upon by the nation's NCAA Division II sports information directors. Two finalists advance from each of the four NCAA Division II super regions. Representing Super Region 1 are Bloomsburg's junior offensive lineman Brian Clarke and Winston-Salem State senior center Markus Lawrence. Super Region 2 finalists are Valdosta State senior offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder and Carson-Newman's senior center Kevin Day.
Advancing from Super Region 3 are Missouri Western State's senior defensive end David Bass and Minnesota Duluth's senior offensive lineman Garth Heikkinen. Super Region 4 is represented by West Texas A&M's senior left tackle Manase Foketi and Ryan Jensen, a senior right tackle at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The national round of voting closes on Dec. 10 and the winner is announced on Dec. 17. The award recipient has the opportunity to participate in one of two prestigious college all-star games in front of professional scouts and coaches. The East/West Shrine Game and the NFLPA All-Star Game are both scheduled for Jan. 19. - Gene Upshaw Award
11/28/2012 - GENE UPSHAW DIVISION II LINEMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: David Bass (St. Louis, Mo.) has helped Missouri Western State to its first MIAA outright regular season championship with six consecutive wins over top 25 teams. He's recorded a sack in nine of the Griffons' 13 games, ranks 14th in Division II and first in the MIAA in sacks per game (0.8 per game). His 12.5 tackles for loss boosted his career total to a school record 52.5. He is also tied for a school record with 39.5 career sacks. He had 11 tackles against Minnesota Duluth, helping the Griffons to their first NCAA playoff win. He was All-MIAA First Team in 2012 and was an All-America selection by six different organizations in 2011. - Gene Upshaw Award
05/22/2012 - 2013 DRAFT TOP SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS: DE David Bass, Missouri Western State (6-3, 258): Bass contributed immediately as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and has progressively improved each season. Last year, he broke a school record with 20.0 tackles for loss and led the conference with 14.5 sacks, one short of the single season school mark. Bass, who is one of the most decorated defensive players in program history, has 28.0 career sacks and is on pace to break several career records in 2012. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com