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.
#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.
#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
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.
#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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Cedric Houston caught 4 passes for 134 yards and two
touchdowns in the opening game over in Switzerland playing for the Green
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.
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
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.
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
Travis Partridge benched 310lbs, 4.1 pro agility
Cale Grauer had 32.5in vertical
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
Matt Buford recorded a 10'3 broad jump.
Colt Schulte- 500, Brian Chiles- 550, Macon Allen-500,
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.
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.
the defensive line improved their average by 21lbs in the bench
David Bass squatted 500lbs, 300lb hang clean, 31.5in vertical and
John Brown squatted 620lbs and Oliver Pryor squatted
Ben Pister recorded a 4.17 pro agility.
13 linebackers squatted over 400lbs, Wallace Carter
8 Linebackers benched over 335. Jake Buckwalter had the high of
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.
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 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
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 #12- April 19th 3:15
Practice #13- April 20th 3:15
Practice #14- April 22nd
Practice #15- April 23rd SPRING GAME
Here are a few highlights from you tube of a couple signees this past
Justin Fitzwater- Left Tackle from Liberty HS #75- 6'3 300 p
Connor Stanley- OL Right Guard from Emporia Kansas- 6-5 290
Michael Jordan- DB from Hazelwood central HS.
Raphael Spencer- RB- from O'hara High school.
Adam Schremp-WR who was just named academic all-state from Lindbergh
High School in St. Louis.
Josh Walker- WR from CBC in St. Louis.
Tyler Harrison- QB from Derby Kansas.
Travis Anderson- OL from Derby Kansas
JT Adams- QB from El Centro California
Sam Brown- DB from University City in St. Louis
Brody Berrie- DL from Bettendorf Iowa
Stephon Weaver- WR from Tulsa Oklahoma- (click on the link to the right)
Jordan Nubine- WR from Blue Springs HS.
Aaron Peola- DB- from Blue Springs HS- #4
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,
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
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
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.
Congratulations to the seniors:
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
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.