Missouri Western State University Athletics: This is Griffon Country

GRIFFON FOOTBALL BLOG

 

The Missouri Western football program would like to give you an inside look at what is happening with Griffon Football.  This Blog will give frequent updates to what is happening with players, coaches, off season strength and conditioning, up and coming events and all sorts of other happenings that go along with the football program.  We would like to bring our supporters as close to the program as possible and invite you to get to know our program on a personal level.

 

 

                                                                                                            

 

 

Senior Update!!

#45 Kip Peters- TE 6'3 240

  Kip has been an exceptional role player for the Griffons throughout his career.  He has great knowledge of the offense and has played many roles.  His Sophomore year Kip caught game winning first down against Pitt State, Against Emporia Kip caught 3 passes for 36 yards and also recorded a touchdown against Central Missouri State to end the half.  

 

Senior Update!!

#41 Jake Buckwalter-LB Palmyra MO- 6'0 215

 Jake is an athletically gifted linebacker for the Griffons.  His weight room numbers have been very impressive.  He will be competing for a starting role heading into fall camp as well.  In 2010 Jake played in all 10 games recording 13 tackles.  Had 4 against Lincoln.  Throughout his career he has been a great special teams player.

 

     

 

Fall Camp Right Around The Corner!!!

    Missouri Western football players will report to fall camp August 10th where they will move into dorms, check out equipment, get physicals and handle all the paper work they need.  The first practice will be held August 11th.  

 

The Griffon Golf Classic!!

    The Griffon golf classic is approaching quickly on July 17th at Fairview golf course which is put on by the football staff.  It is always nice to get the football alumni back together each year to talk about the great memories they had as a Griffon.  Be sure to contact Regi Trotter at the football office for more information. 

 

 

High School Football Camp

    The football program just finished their 3rd annual one day team football camp.  High Schools from the St. Joseph area along with some from Kansas City and surrounding areas spent their Saturday at Missouri Western scrimmaging each other.  The morning started off with Severe Thunderstorms but that didn't stop anyone.  The camp was held in the indoor practice field all the way up until lunch.  The skies cleared and the campers ate BBQ brats and hot dogs out at the pavilion.  The afternoon session continued out in the stadium as well as in the indoor field.  It was a great opportunity to see the upcoming high school talent and spend some time with the local high school coaches. 

 

Senior update:

    #36 Nic Burrell- LB 6-1 220 Gallatin MO.

    Nic will battle for a starting role this year.  He was a solid backup in the 2010 season.  He played in all 11 games and recorded 16 tackles including a fumble recovery against Fort Hays for a touchdown.  Nic is a physical and athletic football player.  We are excited about his ability to tackle the football.

 

 

Senior #24 Isaac Collins - corner- 5'9 185 Savannah Mo

      Isaac is a solid defensive back who has added depth to the griffon secondary. Last season he played in 7 games and recorded 8 tackles and one interception against Mesa State.  He also recorded a blocked kick against Lincoln.  In 2009 after missing 4 games due to injury he had 11 tackles and played in 8 games.  Isaac is a smart, reliable football player.

 

Missouri vs Kansas All Star Game:

incoming freshman running back Raphael Spencer was named the player of the game of the Mo-Kan all star game.

 

Sandbagging!!

Coach Jerry Partridge took a handful of football players down to help with the sandbagging to get ready for the potential floods this past weekend.  Any time we can help out the community and or the state of Missouri our program is ready to help.

 

Steve Jones wins Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!!

  Former offensive lineman Steve Jones and his wife Triston have been awarded the opportunity to run a Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory store.  The competition is among students from the Steven L. Craig school of business.  Congratulations to the hard work and dedication to Steve and his wife.  We are very proud of him.  He gave great effort as a student at Missouri Western as well as a 3 year starter at left tackle for the the Griffons.

 

#75 left tackle Steve Jones protecting the quarterback

 

Lets Take a Look at the Upcoming Seniors for the 2011 Season!!

Highlights of each of the seniors throughout the summer.

 

#6Jack Long: Safety 5'11 200lbs from Kansas City Missouri- Park Hill South HS.

   Jack is a physical safety that understands the position better than anyone.  In 2010 he led the team in solo tackles as well as total tackles.  He has a knack for finding the football and pursuing ball carriers.  He also finished the season with 2 interceptions and was named first team all MIAA as a safety. In 2009 Jack finished with 20 tackles as a back up safety but played in significant time.  Jack has improved each year and is a reliable football player and has become a great leader in the secondary.

 

#6 Jack Long getting the defense lined up

 

 

#5 Adam Clausen: WR 6'4 225 from Kansas City Missouri- Winnetonka HS.

    Adam has been a great addition to the Missouri Western receiving core.  His first big catch of his career came against Nebraska Omaha to set up a touchdown in 2008.  In 2009 Adam filled in for the injured Andrew Mead and made a huge splash as a go to pass catcher.  He haulded in 49 catches for over 600 yards and 8 touchdowns.  In 2010 he ended the season with 31 catches and 4 touchdowns.  Adam has has come up with some huge catches throughout his career.  He had a one handed touchdown catch vs Washburn along with a big 3rd down conversion to keep the drive alive to win in 2010.  He also caught the game winner vs Omaha in the back of the endzone.  We are looking for big things from the veteran WR this year.  He is a reliable football player and understands the offense.  Adam can create match up issues with corners and linebackers.

 

#5 Adam Clausen making a defender miss

 

 

Youth football camp!!

  Griffon football coaches and players volunteered their time on Saturday along with some of the local high school coaches in St. Joseph with a youth football camp.  The morning session was from 9am- 11:45am.  That group consisted of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  The afternoon session was with middle school kids that went from 1pm to 3:45.  The kids were put through instructional position specific drills.  Each coach or player taught the entire group of kids either passing techniques, blocking drills, back pedaling or drills and techniques of how to catch the football. 

 

Offensive Line Clinic!

  Griffon offensive line coach Todd Throckmorton spent the weekend in Cincinnati attending the mushroom clinic.  This clinic is a offensive line only clinic where speakers from the NFL and major colleges gather to speak on different topics.

 

 

Seniors Graduate.

     Congratulations to those seniors who walked at graduation this past weekend.  They have put in countless hours of hard work throughout their careers both in the class room and on the football field.  Here is the list.

 

QB Drew Newhart- 4 year starter, set the all time leading passer record in school history as well as many other records

RB Thomas Hodges- 4 year starter who carried the load as the consistent runner and also finished as second all time leading rusher in school history

K   Brad Beckwith- had two plus 50 yard field goals in his career including a 53 yarder to beat Washburn in 2009 with no time on the clock.

DB Ian Thompson- 3 year starter at corner.  Known for his physical play and many interception returns. 

WR  Andrew Mead- second leading receiver in school history. Finished a colorful career of one handed catches and catching TD's over defenders.

 

Other seniors from last years roster have either graduated in December or will be finishing their degrees this summer.

 

#34 Thomas Hodges carrying the ball                                                                       #25 Ian Thompson coming in on the tackle

 

 

Incoming recruit gets honored!!

   Incoming tight end recruit Alec Ferbet from Seckman High School in St. Louis gets honored for his academics.  Here is the article link.

  

Finals!!!!

   Student athletes are completing their finals this week before the summer break.  The football office is rather quiet for the most part.  Last week the football players had their exit meetings with their position coaches and of course with Coach Partridge.  Talking about expectations for the upcoming season, where they stand on the depth chart and what to expect in August, as well as getting input from the players as to where they see the program.  There are 86 players on the roster to finish spring, add another 30 or so incoming freshman to the roster come August.  The program is certainly a healthy one. 

   The football staff will begin spring recruiting for the 2012 freshman class and start putting together a list of names to evaluate for next year.  Its a non stop process.  Coach Partridge and defensive line coach Wes Bell attended the recruiting fair held in Kansas City.  The staff is also getting things ready for the one day team camp June 25th.  As well as golf tournaments including the Missouri Western Football tournament July 16th.  Make sure your signed up with Regi Trotter.  And of course some relaxation time with the family before report day August 10th comes around.

 

Gold Coat Drive!!

  The annual Gold Coat drive is underway.  The athletic department has one month of renewing Gold Coat members and trying to sign up new ones.  If your not a Gold Coat member be sure to call Coach Partridge about becoming one.  Missouri Western has great things going on and we would like you to be more active in supporting the athletic department.

 

RB Mike Hill during the spring game

 

Missouri Western All Sports Banquet

   Missouri Western held the annual all sports banquet Wednesday night at the Fulkerson center.  At the end of each year the athletic department recognizes each sports all conference awards, highlights, and nominates a candidate from each sport to possibly become the male and female student-athlete of the year award.  Football was recognized well throughout the night.  The guest speaker for the night was Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoades.  Coach Rhoades is a Missouri Western graduate who has gone on to be a successful football coach. On side note, Missouri Western football staff drove up to Ames Iowa to visit Coach Rhoades and his staff to watch spring ball and sit in on position meetings.  There staff was very welcoming and generous. 

    Senior left tackle Steve Jones was also honored at the banquet for his academic success while posting a 3.94GPA.  Steve is Married with a baby girl and is finishing up his business degree this semester.

   And finally, the male student athlete of the year is Senior Quarterback Drew Newhart.  Drew was a 4 year starter, and is the all time leading passer in school history with over 10,000 yards and holds many other school records as well.  Drew has always been involved with off the field community service projects and is a strong student in the classroom.  Drew also won the Chris Faros award at the football banquet earlier in the year.  The female student-athlete of the year is women's basketball player Rachel Luteyn.

 

Iowa State Head Football Coach Paul Rhoades

 

left tackle Steve Jones

 

Male student athlete of the year Drew Newhart

 

 

Successful Spring Game

    The spring game finished up 15 practices of spring practices.  There was a good crowd to come out and see what the 2011 Griffon football team was going to look like going into the fall.  The offense scored 9 touchdowns throughout the day but the defense did a solid job of making stops of their own.  It was a well balanced scrimmage.  Mike Hill rushed for 76 yards on only 6 carries.  Travis Partridge ended up throwing for 246 yards on the day and three touchdowns.  One to Dom Thomas on a screen and one to Tarell Downing from the 35 yard line, as well as one to Reggie Jordan.  Dom was electric during the day taking his first carry 40 yards down to the five to set up a touchdown to Reggie Jordan from quarterback Cale Grauer.  Jerrin Walton also scored on a quarterback run play from about 30 yards out.

     Defensively safety Shane Simpson had the one interception on the day on a fourth down end of the game situation that Partridge threw up to avoid taking a sack.  The defensive line wreaked havoc batting down 5 passes at the line of scrimmage and recording 4 sacks.  Not only is David Bass batting balls down, but now Ben Pister is as well. Here are some pictures from the scrimmage.

 

Offensive Line

 

Safey Shane Simpson interception

 

 

Quarterback Travis Partridge

  

 

 

 

 

Terrell Downing touchdown catch

 

Spring Game!!!  Saturday April 23rd 1:00pm

   Today (friday) will be a helmets only practice.  The spring game will be held Saturday at 1:00pm.  Some of the scrimmage will be live, and some of it will be thud tempo.  The scrimmage will consist of 20 minutes of scrimmage followed by a special teams period.  There will be certain situation sprinkled throughout the scrimmage to simulate real game thought process.  We try and teach our players what needs to happen when its the end of the half with no timeouts and 12 seconds left on the clock.  There will be some good work getting done on Saturday to finish out spring ball.  Come check out the Griffs and see what is to come for the upcoming season.

 

 

Practice #13

   Practice Wednesday consisted of some short yardage, over time and goal line team periods.  After fumbling the first play, the offense converted 3rd and 2 for the rest of the period.  Mike Hill broke off a touchdown up the middle.  The offensive line played physical and the running backs did a great job getting the ball down hill for first down conversions. Kyle Knox hauled in two catches for 1st downs on play action passes.

 

The overtime period belonged to the defense as they kept the offensive from scoring touchdowns.  Jack Long, Nick Burrell, and John Brown made tackles for losses.  Ben Pister batted down a 3rd down play to force a field goal. Dom Thomas ran well, although one of his long runs was called back due to a holding penalty.

 

The Goalline period the offense scored on each series.  Mike Hill was stopped on 1st down but found his way in on second down.  Dalton Krysa scored from 1 yard out and Reggie Jordan scored a touchdown in the back of the end zone on a play action fake to finish the practice. 

 

Scrimmage #2

   After the 1st annual Missouri Western Football clinic which there were 40 coaches who attended the Griffon Football team held their second scrimmage of spring ball.  Again both sides of the ball showed good things.  Some of the highlights are as follows.

 

Travis Partridge hit Dominic Thomas out of the back field for a touchdown in the flat from the 5 yard line. Partridge completed 61% of his passes and a touchdown.

Mike Hill had some solid runs early in the day but didn't get a whole lot of carries.  The staff is in the process of evaluating the rest of the running back depth.

Shane Simpson intercepted a tipped pass in the redzone.

John Brown had a couple of tackle for losses.

Ben Pister, Nick Burrell, Okoye West, and Yami Alli all recorded a sack on the day.

Ben Jackson made a great break on a ball in the flat for a pass break up, as well as Jeremy Weston had a tackle short of the sticks on 3rd down.

Dominic Thomas rushed for 58 yards on 10 carries and Kyle Green had 79 on 12 carries.

Terrell Downing had 5 catches for 46 yards and Derek Libby had 5 for 34.  Courtney Green recorded 4 catches for 58 yards.

 

Alumni Updates!!!

    Former MWSU linebacker Jacob Schoonover is now the linebacker coach at division Ilinois State.  "Schoonie" finished his career in 2007and had a great career as a linebacker and special teams guy.  He blocked numerous punts in his career.  Schoonover was also the recipiant of the Chris Faros Scholarship.

 

  Also former Griffon center Patrick St. Louis has been hired as the offensive line coach at Morehead State.  St. Louis finished his career in 2007 as well having a great career.  Both players have been instrumental in the success Missouri Western has had.

 

 

Week 3 is on the schedule!!

       Missouri Western is scheduled to play Langston College University in a non conference game at home September 17th.  Langston is a NAIA program out of Oklahoma.

 

Practice #9

   Highlights from Practice #9-again both sides of the ball are showing improvement and making plays.  Neither side is dominating the other which makes for great competition.

     Safety Shane Simpson picked off a tipped ball over the middle and ran it back for a touchdown.

     QB Travis Partridge hit WR TJ Fannin over the middle for a 30 yard touchdown off of a play action fake.

during the coming out period the offense continued to get the ball out of the black zone.  Starting on the -1 yard line and having to get a first down.  The running backs got    the ball down hill and positive yardage.  The corners made some solid plays on play action passes during the period as well.

 

 

    

 

Practice #8

  Practice 8 concluded on Sunday night under the lights.  Perfect weather for a night practice.  The practice included a team coming out period in which the offense had success moving the ball and getting 1st downs. 

The offensive line blocked physical in the run game in which Mike Hill found some holes and ran hard.

Cale Grauer hit Brandon Wright on a play action post to get the ball out to the 40 yard line.

Ahmad Hicks made a play on the sideline to break up a pass.

 

In the team situation period, the situation was the offense had the ball on the 40 yard line with 30 seconds left and no timeouts.  The defense kept the offense from scoring any touchdowns.

Marc Harrison intercepted a pass in the endzone to secure the half.

 

At the end of practice the team segment was back and forth with good plays on both sides of the ball.

Reggie Jordan caught a touchdown pass from Cale Grauer from the 5 yard line.

Marc Harrison had another interception off of a tipped pass.

Mike Hill had a touchdown from the 2 yard line up the middle.

Dalton Krysa caught a pass in the flat that went for 25 yards up the sideline.

Jack Long broke up a pass to the tight end on a throwback play that saved a big play.

LB Steven Jeurgens sniffed out a screen pass on 3rd down to stall a drive.

The offensive line continues to improve as they gave up 0 sacks throughout the practice after giving up multiple in Sundays scrimmage.

 

Practice #9 is Tuesday at 3:15

 

Spring Coach Clinic

   The Missouri Western Spring coaches clinic will be held this Saturday April 16th starting at 8:00AM.  Coach Chris Tabor of the Cleveland Browns will be here to speak about special teams play.  Also Vinnie Sareswell from Lee's Summit West will be talking defense, and Fred Bouchard will be talking offense.  Missouri Western will scrimmage at 1:00 after the coaches clinic.

 

 

 

 

1st spring scrimmage

  The 1st spring scrimmage was held Saturday at 1:00 with officials.  Both sides of the ball showed good things throughout the 90+ play scrimmage.  Some of the highlights were:

 

Terrell Downing caught a TD pass from Travis Partridge.

LB Yami Alli intercepted a pass on a play action play from Cale Grauer.

RB's Dalton Krysa and Dom Thomas both broke runs of 50 yards up the right sideline.

DE David Bass, Ben Pister, and John Brown all had knocked down passes at the line of scrimmag

TJ Fannin caught a pass from Travis Partridge on a post for a 60 yard gain.

 

 

Alumni Update!!

   Cedric Houston caught 4 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the opening game over in Switzerland playing for the Green Machine.

 

   Former QB Barron Bradshaw made an appearance at spring practice #5 yesterday.  Barron's big moment in his career came against Central Missouri in 2007 when he came into the game in the third quarter and threw two back to back play action passes to lead to a touchdown to the TE.

 

 

 

 

 

Practice #5

 

Yesterdays practice in the stadium was a windy one, but productive.  Both sides of the ball made some spectacular plays.  Here are some of the highlights.

 

TJ Fannin made a big catch up the seam for a TD in 7on7 drills after taking a big hit in the endzone.

Marcus Thompson got the first interception of the spring in a team drill.

David Bass batted down numerous balls at the line of scrimmage

Mike Hill took the first play in a team period around the left side giving the corner a stiff arm for a 30 yard gain.

Dalton Krysa had a big day scoring from 30 yards out and also taking a carry 45 yards down to the 5 yard line. 

 

The Results are In!!!!

 

    The strength and conditioning results are in and the Griffons have improved their strength numbers in the weight room.  Here are some notable numbers to look at.  They tested each player in a one rep max in the bench press, squat, hang clean (no straps), vertical jump, broad jump, and pro agility. 

RB

Michael Hill recorded a 400lb bench, 520lb squat, 365lb hang clean, 10'2 broad jump, 39in vertical and a 3.85 pro agility

Dom Thomas benched 350lbs, 4.06 pro agility

Dalton Krysa squatted 500lbs.  a 95 lb increase. a 4.06 pro agility.

 

QB's

Travis Partridge benched 310lbs, 4.1 pro agility

Cale Grauer had 32.5in vertical

 

WR

Adam Clausen had an impressive off season.  he improved his hang clean 30lbs up to 275, improved his vertical 2.5 inches to 32.5 and went from a 4.6 pro agility to 4.16.

TJ Fannin had the best vertical of the day at 40inches, and broad jumped 10'1.  and a 3.93 pro agility

Derek Libby and Brandon Wright both ran 4.0 pro agility times.

Matt Buford recorded a 10'3 broad jump.

 

OL

500lb squatters

Colt Schulte- 500, Brian Chiles- 550, Macon Allen-500, Kale Neiss-550

Kyle Hoyt had a 330lb hang clean

Colt Schulte had a 300lb hang clean and also had a impressive vertical jump of 30 inches for a 6'6 318lb offensive tackle.

 

TE

Reggie Jordan had the biggest gaines for the tight ends.  He improved his bench 60lbs to 365, addes 155lbs to his squat at 520. hang clean 295, 30in vertical, 4.3 pro agility

David Fowler hang cleaned 445lbs and vertical jumped 30.5in.  Also had a 4.2 pro agility

Justin White hang cleaned 295 as well.

 

DL

the defensive line improved their average by 21lbs in the bench press.

David Bass squatted 500lbs, 300lb hang clean, 31.5in vertical and 4.25pro agility

John Brown squatted 620lbs and Oliver Pryor squatted 600lbs.

Ben Pister recorded a 4.17 pro agility.

 

LB

13 linebackers squatted over 400lbs, Wallace Carter squatted 500.

8 Linebackers benched over 335. Jake Buckwalter had the high of 380.

Yami Alli recorded a 36 inch vertical, and Dan Ritter and Chris Puett broad jumped over 9'5.  They both also had a pro agility of 4.1.

Nick Burrell hang cleaned 335.

 

DB

12 defensive backs squatted over 400lbs.  The group increased by an average of 50lbs.

Jack Long had a hang clean of 315 and a bench press of 325 which was the best in the group.

Jack, Shane Simpson, Ben Jackson, Marc Harrison, and  Kirk Ressiguie all ran a pro agility of 4.0.

Shane Simpson and Ben Jackson broad jumped over 10 feet.

 

 

 

 

 

Practice #4

   Practice #4 started outside in the stadium, and after 3 periods, due to lightning storms circling the complex practice was taken inside to the indoor practice field.  In the past the football team would have to go to the basketball arena to squeeze in practice.  Not any more.  They were able to get a good quality practice in. 

 

 Travis Partridge finished the team periods completing 68% of his passes.  The team periods consisted of 1st and 10 situations and 3rd and Long situations.

 Cale Grauer finished the team period going 5 for 5.

 Marcus Thompson dropped a near interception to finish practice.

 The defense had a great day defending the run game.

 Brandon Wright came up with some spectacular one handed grabs as well as some tough catches in traffic over the middle. 
  

 

Practice #3

     Practice #3 took place Saturday morning.  The first spring practice in full pads.  The practice included two team periods.  One being a 1st and 10 situation offense vs defense, and the second being 1st and 10 followed by a second down play.  Both sides of the ball did good things throughout the day.  Here is some highlights of the team periods.

 

Travis Partridge was 7 for 11 connecting on some play action passes and screens. 

David Bass batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage as he always does. 

Safety Shane smith did a nice job in run support.

Mike Hill ran hard and had a few nice runs into the secondary.

Dom Thomas broke a long run on an outside run play and out ran everyone down the sideline.

 

 

 

Spring Outlook at the DB position

The Griffons lose two solid corners in the secondary from last years playoff team.  Kendall Davis, and Ian Thompson.  Both have a had solid careers and contributed to big plays and big wins.  Heading into spring the safety position is certainly something to talk about.  Jack Long is a first team all MIAA safety, and Shane Simpson returns as a extremely athletic starter.  The competition at the corner position from returning players is Jeremy Weston, Ben Jackson, Isaac Collins, and Marcus Thompson.  Each saw quite a bit of playing time as backups in the 2010 season.  The 2010 recruiting class was deep in the secondary position.  At the safety position Kirk Resseguie, Nick Clark, Stephen Johnson, Spencer Flick, JD Eilers and Doc Newton will be pushing their way into the competition.  The corners trying to work their way into the mix are Mishack Kennedy, Richard Chungong, Ahmad Hicks and Devon Whittler.  This is a deep, young group, with a lot of talent, and should be interesting to watch them come along throughout the spring.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni Update!

   Former wide receiver Zach Sharpe and his wife had their first child recently.  Their daughter Brittyn was born earlier this month (March).  Zach finished his football career in 2008 where he caught 45 balls and 428 yards his senior year, including 12 catches against Washburn in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice #1

    The first practice of spring ball is under way.  The first practice was spent in the indoor practice field.  Both sides of the ball showed they are excited and ready to be back out on the field.  Most of the practice was made up of 7 on 7 drills and 2 on 2 man to man drills.  The offensive and defensive lines both spent most of the practice in individual drills.  At the end of practice the offense finished with a team period reviewing the run game installation.  Here are some pictures from practice #1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depth at the Receiver Position

 

The wide receiver position over the last few years has had some great talent, Jarrett Brooks, Joey Harrris, Cedric Houston, just to name a few.  Last season Andrew Mead was the lone senior receiver and had a great year to add himself to the list of great ones to come through Missouri Western.  Heading into spring ball today, the returning starters are 6'5 Adam Clausen who caught 31 balls for 388yards.  Also had a game winning TD against Omaha. , 6'1 186lb Terrell Downing caught 40 passes for 850 yards, also made some big plays throughout the year.  TJ Fannin rotated in and is considered a returning starter caught 31 passes for 429 yards.  TJ is most likely the fastest player on the Missouri Western squad and has big play potential. Kyle Knox played a solid role last season.  Kyle is Mr. reliable and does a great job getting open and making the tough catch.  Other receivers who will be looking at competing for playing time are Derek Libby who is very difficult to tackle, Andrew Molloy who came to Missouri Western as a quarterback.  Brandon Wright has the potential to be a big play guy.  Brandon is a transfer who had to sit out last season but is excited to get himself in the mix this spring. A few of the up and coming freshman are Courtney Green, Justice Berry, and Matt Buford will be fun to watch as they progress through the spring.  Seth Morton and Tony Baruth will be seen competing for playing time as well.  Both of them have been solid practice players and are looking to do good things this spring.  The competition is going to be great here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Missouri Western Pro Day!!!!!

 

Missouri Western held pro day yesterday at the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex.  The two Missouri Western participants were Drew Newhart and Kendall Davis.  Both had good workouts.  Kendall Davis had the second fastest 40 time of the day.  Newhart look good with crisp throws to a number of different running backs and tight ends that attended from Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri.  Some of the other schools that represented were Lindenwood, Missouri Southern, SEMO, and William Jewell.  The NFL represented well, as there were teams from the Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, and the Arizona Cardinals.  You can see the footage by Ryan Menley on this you tube link.  http://www.youtube.com/user/gogriffs2541?feature=mhum#p/u/1/_3pcgWlggTg

 

 

Big Shoes to Fill at Linebacker

 

   The linebacker core probably took the biggest hit from graduation.  The Griffons lose three seniors in All-American Sean Whiters, screen sniffer DeAndre Williams, and Matt Glades.  Each of them had a great moments and great careers throughout the last 4 seasons.  Going into spring ball Tom Madget is the lone returning starter.  The competition is wide open. Seniors Cody Kremer, Jake Buckwalter, Nick Burrell will get serious consideration.  Special teams guru Wallace Carter and Dan Ritter will compete for a job, Jordan Nicholas and Will Wesbury has had an outstanding off season and will be ready to stick their nose in the competition.  A talented group of redshirt freshmen which include, Stephen Juergens who may be undersized but is extremely physical, Josh Williams, who has great feet yet has the size and to possibly play defensive line, Joe Dahman 6'1 235, Yami Alli is the most athletic and has a knack for finding the football, and Tyson Liston who filled some of the long snapping duties as a true freshman.  Local talent CJ Mollus, and Chris Jiminez will push at the position as well.  It should be interesting to watch the competition at this position throughout the spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarterback Situation for this Spring

   There will be a new  era at quarterback with the departure of 4 year starter Drew Newhart graduating,  Newhart finished his career as the all time leading passer in school history.  He also holds the record for most yards in a game, and most career completions, along with many other records throughout his career.  Drew finished the season with 2,799 yards passing, 25 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 62%.  Going into spring Travis Partridge will work with the first group.  Partridge is 6'4 228lbs, has a strong arm and has the ability to take off and run.  Also taking reps at quarterback will be redshirt freshman Cale Grauer (6'1 180) from Oklahoma, and redshirt freshman Jerrin Walton (6'2 190) has been moved from the wide receiver position.  Jerrin was a quarterback in high school.  Spring should be a lot of fun watching a new quarterback take over the offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Preview of the D-Line

      The defensive line will return all but one going into spring practice this Tuesday March 29th.  Sean Glades unfortunately broke his leg game 3 against Washburn but was able to return at the end of the season. Returning starters for the Griffons this spring are 6'5 255lb DE David Bass. Bass recorded 8 sacks and 2 interceptions last season.  The other defensive ends that will be competing this spring are Matt Speaks 6'3 260 and Ben Pister who is 6'3 260lbs.  Together they recorded another 5 sacks.  Competing on the inside this spring is returning starter John Brown who is 6'1 290lbs.  The Griffons are also expecting big things from 6'4 278lb Oliver Pryor and 6'4 260lb Austin Baska. Both players participated in quality time in 2010.  Other players that will be competing this spring who are all having a great off season, are senior Jesse Engelken (6'4 255) redshirt freshmen, Okoye West (6'1 275), Jermaine Rollins (6'3 260), John Bailey (6'3 255), Kaiser Haeg, and Evan Brown.   We have great depth and the defensive line position and are looking at great things from this group this spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni update:

Former wide receiver Cedric Houston leaves for Switzerland this weekend to play for the Basel MeanMachine football team over their.  Cedric was #8 at MWSU and played from 2007-2009.  The explosive reciever set many records during his time as a Griffon. You can find their webpage at www.baselmeanmachine.ch with a write up about Cedric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Spring Preview of the Offensive Line

    The griffon offensive line will be going into spring next week with out left tackle Steve Jones and Center Andrew Gilmore due to graduation. Both players had great careers at Missouri Western.  Steve Jones was a 6'6 275 pound athletic offensive tackle who really understood the game. Steve has been on a diet and now weighs 245lbs.  Andrew Gilmore started his career as a defensive lineman and was moved to left guard his junior year and played center his senior year. 

    For this spring the Griffons return 6'5 305lb left tackle Macon Allen, 6'3 310lb right guard Brian Chiles, and 6'6 300lb left guard Colt Schulte.  Colt will be moved to left tackle which is his natural postion.  6'4 285lb Nick Clark will get a look at left guard and the center position will be between Kyle Hoyt and Jeremy Jacobsen.  There should be great competition on the offensive line this spring.  Kale Neiss, Josh Ferge, Mitch Gieger, Nathan Cato, and Jeff Cole will be competing for a position this spring as well.  Should be a lot of fun to see these guys battling for playing time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Ball Is Coming!!!!

     We are one week away from spring practice starting.  Tuesday March 29th at 3:15 will be a helmets only practice.  This is a great chance for the returners to sharpen their skills and techniques and for the up and coming players to learn the systems and compete for their jobs.  Each day up until spring ball there will be a position by position overview of what to expect for spring practice.

 

Practice Dates and Time (are subject to change)

Practice #1- March 29th 3:15

Practice #2- March 31st 3:15

Practice #3- April 2nd

Practice #4- April 3rd

Practice #5- April 5th 3:15

Practice #6- April 7th 3:15

Practice #7- April 9th

Practice #8- April 10th

Practice #9- April 12th 3:15

Practice #10- April 14th 3:15

Practice # 11- April 16th   FOOTBALL CLINIC 8:00  PRACTICE 1:00

Practice #12- April 19th 3:15

Practice #13- April 20th 3:15

Practice #14- April 22nd

Practice #15- April 23rd SPRING GAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recruiting Recap!!

 

Here are a few highlights from you tube of a couple signees this past February.

 

Justin Fitzwater- Left Tackle from Liberty HS #75- 6'3 300 p

 http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2941/justin-fitzwater

 

Connor Stanley- OL  Right Guard from Emporia Kansas- 6-5 290

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/257559/connor-stanley

 

Michael Jordan- DB from Hazelwood central HS. 

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/68581/michael-jordan

 

 

Raphael Spencer- RB- from O'hara High school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZssu6n0LoE

 

Adam Schremp-WR who was just named academic all-state from Lindbergh High School in St. Louis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_fzia-WScI

 

Josh Walker- WR from CBC in St. Louis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KINJpkmOGA

 

Tyler Harrison- QB from Derby Kansas.

Travis Anderson- OL from Derby Kansas

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w6U3w4-Muk&feature=related

 

JT Adams- QB from El Centro California

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBcZC-9TFhg

 

Sam Brown- DB from University City in St. Louis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uIB2neT1tE

 

Brody Berrie- DL from Bettendorf Iowa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9gQ4N3CS3

 

Stephon Weaver- WR from Tulsa Oklahoma- (click on the link to the right)  

* 6 WR WEAVER 2011

 

Jordan Nubine- WR from Blue Springs HS.

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/13552/jordan-nubine

 

Aaron Peola- DB- from Blue Springs HS- #4

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/6994/aaron-peola

 

 

 

 

 

These are the ones that are on youtube.

 

 

 

 

Football Clinic April 16th

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Missouri Western football clinic is set for April 16th.  Chris Tabor, special teams coach for the Cleveland Browns will be on campus to speak.  Other Kansas city high school coaches will be here as well.  Missouri Western will hold practice at 1:00pm that day so the clinic can carry into practice and watch drills and team periods.

 

 

Missouri Western Football Banquet

 

     The Missouri Western football banquet has concluded as hundreds of players, parents, coaches, and boosters gathered to honor the 2010 season and send off the seniors one more time.  The evening began with a prayer by linebacker Dan Ritter before the party ate dinner.  The menu included lasagna, bowtie pasta, and salad.  Each coaching staff member gave out the weekly awards given during the season of each game.  Then Coach Partridge gave out the yearly awards:

 

Special Teams Scout Player of the Year:  Meshack Kennedy, Freshman DB

Special Teams Player of the Year: Jeremy Weston, Sophomore DB

Special Teams Career Award: Brad Beckwith, Senior Kicker

 

Offensive Scout Player of the Year: Dominic Thomas Freshman RB

Defensive Player of the Year: Sean Whiters, Senior LB

Defensive Career Award: Deondre Williams, Senior LB

 

 

Sean Whiters

 

 

Defensive Scout Player of the Year: Abayomi Alli, Freshman LB

Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Newhart, Senior QB

Offensive Career Player of the Year: Andrew Mead, Senior WR

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Beckwith

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Mead

 

 

Deondre Williams

 

 

 

The Seniors were also called up one by one and given a standing ovation for their efforts over their career.  This group of seniors won 41 games and played in post season play each year.  Athletic Director Dave Williams snuck up to the podium to congratulate the seniors and also present a framed picture for Jerry Partridges 100th victory.  The picture includes action photos of past players such as Gijon Robinson, Sean Whiters, Drew Newhart, Roger Allen, and Pierre Thomas.  The title over the picture says "100 and counting".  Coach Partridge won his 100th game as the Missouri Western head football coach against Truman State. 

 

Last but not least the Chris Faros award was given out.  The award is in memory of Chris Faros who attended Missouri Western and was a 4 year letter winner and all district honoree.  Chris was killed in a plane crash in 1983.  The award goes to the senior who has shown great leadership on and off the field and is awarded a post graduate scholarship.  The Chris Faros award in 2011 was given to QB Drew Newhart.  Drew has shown endless leadership throughout his career both on the field as he quarterbacked the Griffons for four years, as well as his off the field leadership in the classroom and in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Banquet concluded with the year end highlight film put together by Ryan Menley and running backs coach Mike Burton. The video captures the entire season with great graphics to go along with it.

 

You can get a copy of the highlight film with a $15.00 donation to the football program.  It is well worth it. 

 

E-mail Mike Burton to order a copy. mburton3@missouriwestern.edu

 

Congratulations to the seniors:

 

Andrew Mead

Drew Newhart

Kendall Davis

Thomas Hodges

Sean Whiters

Deondre Williams

Steve Jones

Matt Glades

Sean Glades

Brad Beckwith

Ian Thompson

Andrew Gilmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming events within Missouri Western Football:

 

-Spring Football practice begins March 29th and goes through to the April 23rd spring game.

 

 

SPRING FOOTBALL CLINIC SATURDAY APRIL 16TH. 

 

Missouri Western Football will hold a free coaches clinic April 16th beginning at 8:00am.  The guest speakers will be Special Teams coach Chris Tabor of the Cleveland Browns along with a few high school coaches from the area. 

 

Spring practice #11 will be held that afternoon for coaches to attend practice and listen in on drills and instruction with the Missouri Western Football team.  Practice will begin at 1:00pm.   

 

 

 

 

UPDATE WITH WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE FOOTBALL OFFICE

 

     You would think this time of year would be slow for a football program being out season, and finished with recruiting, but the football staff certainly keeps busy with meetings, workouts and speaking engagements. 

     Both offensive and defensive staffs have been in meetings each day self scouting the 2010 season, looking at what they like and don't like.  Decide if certain plays or schemes need to be added or taken out of the playbook as they prepare for the upcoming spring practice. 

     Wes Bell and Justin Spilman have been heavily involved with organizing and planning of the strength and conditioning program as the football team is in the weight room lifting weights and going through speed and agility drills in the indoor practice field.  The benefits of the indoor practice field has truly increased the ability to train this off season.

     Some of the other coaches have been speaking at different clinics around Missouri.  Head Coach Jerry Partridge is on his way now to St. Louis to speak at the Glazier clinic where he is speaking about the 4-3 defense and how to defend the 2 back offenses, shotgun and pistol offenses, and the blitz packages.  Offensive Coordinator Tyler Fenwick spoke at the Glazier clinic in Kansas City earlier in the month talking about what they do offensively.  Other coaches have spent time with high school and junior college coaches as they have come through to talk X's and O's with the staff and exchange ideas for the upcoming year.

     Not to mention each one of the coaches makes sure to find time to spend quality time with their family, attending basketball games, drum lessons, and dance classes with the kids.