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Brad Ekwerekwu

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 209 | College: Missouri
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2006 Season

Silky-smooth, long-striding wideout with deceptive speed and good hands who is a 3-year starter and proven performer … Moved to the H-receiver spot this season after spending most of the 2005 campaign at the Z-receiver position … Has also continued his stellar performance of holding for placekicks, something he excelled at last season … Senior wideout who is a team captain and the most experienced WR on the squad with 34 career starts … Needs just 5 catches and 44 yards to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards for his career … Has caught at least 1 pass in 9-of-12 games, and has 7 multiple reception games … Recorded TD grabs in each of the year's first 2 games against Murray State and Ole Miss.

His 95 yards on 8 grabs vs. the Rebels were career highs … His 11.7 yards per catch average is 2nd on the team among those with at least 20 receptions … Had 4 grabs against Oklahoma for 47 yards and has had at least 4 receptions in 4 games this season … Closed the regular season by grabbing 2 passes for 47 yards against Kansas, and also had a 76-yard TD catch-and-run negated by a silly personal foul that took place 20 yards behind the play after it was already broken for the distance … Has rushed 8 times for 17 yards on the season … Is a versatile talent who has scored TDs via receiving, rushing and passing in his career … Is an outstanding student who was named the team's scholar-athlete of the year, and also took home the team's Tiger performance athlete of the year award, which comes from the strength and conditioning coaches … Last name is pronounced ECK-whir-ECK-woo, but many in the program call him "Eck."

2005 Season

Enjoyed his most productive season to date at the Z-receiver spot after lining up at the X-receiver position the previous two years … Also served the invaluable role of the holder for placekicks, and was superb at that job … Had career high numbers in most categories, excelling in MU's spread offense, as he caught, ran and threw for a TD … Caught 32 passes for 282 yards and a team-best 4 TDs … Also ran the ball 7 times, and had just 4 net yards, but had 1 TD - a key 13-yarder in the 4th-quarter at OSU that proved to be the winning points in MU's 38-31 win … Also threw for his 1st collegiate TD in that same game, as he connected with WR Sean Coffey from 30 yards out just before halftime on a WR option pass … Caught 3 passes for 29 yards against South Carolina in the Tigers' come-from-behind bowl win, and was 1-of-2 passing for 13 yards, with the connection going to TE Martin Rucker on a 3rd-quarter fake field goal that set MU up at the USC 1-yardline.

Opened the year by grabbing a career-high 8 passes (31 yards) and his 1st 2 collegiate TDs against Arkansas State … Other TDs came against Troy (10 yards) and in the regular-season finale at Kansas State (19 yards) … Had a string of 25 consecutive regular season games with at least 1 reception broken at Colorado, when he was shut out … After that, caught 3 passes in each of MU's last 3 games against Baylor (27 yards), Kansas State (31 yards) and in the Independence Bowl win over South Carolina (29 yards) … Helped get MU off to a rousing start in its 41-24 win over Nebraska, as he caught a 50-yard pass from QB Brad Smith on the game's opening possession that helped set up Mizzou's first score … That marked the longest pass play for Mizzou for the season … Also played some coverage on special teams, and had 2 tackles on the year … An outstanding student who was named 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2005.

2004 Season

Doubled his catch total from a year ago, and was a solid contributor throughout the year, starting all 11 games at the X-receiver spot … Caught a career-best 22 balls for 195 yards, good for an average of 8.9 yards per catch … Had the 4th-most catches on the team, and his yardage total was 5th-best on the squad … Caught at least 1 pass in each game, and had a single-game high of 4 catches for 27 yards at Texas … Had a 35-yarder against Kansas State, which represented a season-long grab … 12 of his 22 catches on the season went for a first down, and he proved to be the team's top 3rd-down receiver, with a team-best 8 catches on 3rd down that went for 1st downs … Was successful in the classroom, as well, as he was named 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12 … Had a solid spring that saw him earn the top spot at the X-receiver position … Caught 2 passes for 17 yards in the spring scrimmage.

2003 Season

True freshman receiver who had his redshirt burned in game No. 5 at Kansas, as Tiger coaches felt he was making enough plays in practice to warrant game opportunities … Had 11 catches for 128 yards on the year, including catches in each of his last 6 regular-season games … His 11.6 yards per catch averaged ranked 2nd-best on the team … Was one of only 2 true freshmen to play in 2003 (DE Xzavie Jackson was the other) … Played in 9 games and made his first career start against Arkansas in the 2003 Independence Bowl … Had his best game at then-No. 1 Oklahoma, catching the first passes of his career, and ended the night with 2 catches for 66 yards, including a 40-yarder that saw him sneak behind the OU secondary before getting tracked down … Also caught 2 balls in games vs. Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas State and Iowa State … Made a big play for Mizzou against Nebraska, as he took a reverse on a kickoff return and returned it 31 yards late in the 3rdquarter to set MU up at its 42 yardline … MU went on to score a TD on the ensuing drive to cut the deficit to 24-21, and would go on to an historic 41-24 win over the 10th-ranked Huskers, MU's first over Nebraska since 1978.

High School

Top-40 national defensive back, according to Rivals.com rankings … Starred on both sides of the ball at Arlington High, where he was a 1st-team all-district wide receiver in 2002 … Caught 31 passes as a senior for 574 yards and 5 TDs … Also was a standout safety, where he had 4 interceptions as a senior … Junior season numbers included 94 tackles and 5 interceptions while he caught 2 passes on offense for 37 yards … Earned honorable mention all-district honors as a junior … Also lettered in basketball and track.


High school coach - Mickey Finley … Son of Ejoor Ekwerekwu & Robin Lake … Is majoring in finance and banking at Mizzou … Member of National Honor Society … Chose MU over Kansas State, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia Tech and Northwestern, among others.


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