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					                                             Head Coach Willie Fritz

                                                Willie Fritz is in his        Mules’ head football coach in 1952 and later became executive director
                                           seventh season as the Mules’       of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
                                           head coach, after guiding the           Fritz and his wife, Susan, have three children – Wesley (13),
                                           team to a school-record 10         Elaine (12) and Brooke (6).
                                           wins each of the past two
                                           seasons. He is the first Mules’
                                           football coach to produce five
                                           straight seasons of seven
                                           o r more wins. Fritz’s six-                                       The Fritz File
                                           season record at Central              Years           Position                                           Team Record
                                           Missouri State is 47-21. In           1978-81 . . . Player, Pittsburg State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-12
                                           2001 he took the Mules to their       1982. . . . . . Student Assistant, Pittsburg State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2
                                           first post-season berth since         1983. . . . . . Assistant Coach, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS . 7-2
                                           1970, when they defeated the          1984-85 . . . Graduate Assistant, Sam Houston State . . . . . . . . 16-6
                                           University of Minnesota-              1986. . . . . . Assistant Coach, Willis (Texas) HS. . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
                                           Duluth 48-17 in the Mineral           1987-90 . . . Defense Coordinator, Coffeyville CC . . . . . . . . 34-6-1
                                           Water Bowl. Last fall, Fritz’s        1991-92 . . . Assistant Coach, Sam Houston State . . . . . . . . . 14-5-3
squad made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Playoffs            1993-96 . . . Head Coach, Blinn College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-5-1
when they travelled to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.           1997-Pres . Head Coach, Central Missouri State. . . . . . . . . 47-21
     Under his guidance, the Mules have the best record in the Mid-
America Intercollegiate Athletics Association over the past two                                 Fritz at Central Missouri State University
seasons, and their 20-4 mark over that span is also the best mark among
                                                                                 1997 5-6 4-5 MIAA (6th)                 2000 7-4 5-4 MIAA (T-4th)
colleges and universities in the state of Missouri.
                                                                                 1998 8-3 6-3 MIAA (T-3rd)               2001 10-2 7-2 MIAA (2nd)
     Fritz was selected on December 6, 1996, from a field of 98
                                                                                 1999 7-4 5-4 MIAA (4th)                 2002 10-2 8-1 MIAA (2nd)
candidates to take over the Mules’ football program. In four years
(1993-96) at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, the 42-year-old Fritz
built that football program into the nation’s best in the junior college
ranks, winning back-to-back undefeated national championships in
1995 and 1996. He was named national junior college coach of the year
in both of those seasons.
     Blinn won its last 24 games under Fritz and had an overall
record of 39-5-1 in his four seasons. Before he arrived at Blinn,
the program had gone 5-24-1 in the three previous seasons.
     For his efforts at Blinn, Fritz has been inducted into the
National Junior College Athletics Association Hall of Fame
     Prior to taking the Blinn job, his first as a head coach,
Fritz spent two seasons as special teams coordinator at Sam
Houston State, a I-AA program. From 1987 to 1990, he was
defensive coordinator at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community
College, where the Red Ravens were 34-6-1 during that period
and won the 1990 junior college national title.
     As a player at Pittsburg State University (1978-81), Fritz
was a four-year starter as a defensive back, played on two
Central States Intercollegiate Conference conference
championship teams and also was a two-year starter in
basketball for the Gorillas.
     Following his playing career, he served as a student
assistant on the Gorillas’ football staff in 1982, when the team
won another conference championship. The following year he
took a job as assistant football coach at his high school alma
mater, Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Northwest.
     After one season in the high school ranks, he went to Sam
Houston State and served two seasons as a graduate assistant
on the football staff. In 1986 he returned to high school
coaching as an assistant at Willis (Texas) High School for one
year before taking the job at Coffeyville in 1987.
     After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical
education in 1983 from Pittsburg State, Fritz received his
master’s degree in kinesiology from Sam Houston State in
1986.
     He is not the first member of his family to coach at
Central Missouri. His father, the late Harry Fritz, was the          The Fritz family: Willie, Elaine, Brooke, Susan, and Wesley.

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                                                                                                                  Mules Coaches’ Records
                                                                                                 COACH                               Years               RECORD             PCT
                                                                                                 G. A. Lowman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1                   7-2-0           .778
                                                                                                 F. J. Winters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2              8-2-2           .750
                                                                                                 Arthur Mosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3                12-5-0           .706
                                                                                                 Willie Fritz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6             47-21-0           .691
                                                                                                 E. C. Quigley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1                7-4-0           .636
                                                                                                 Al Molde. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3             17-9-4           .633
                                                                                                 Forrest C. (Phog) Allen . . . . . . 6                    29-17-2           .625
                                                                                                 Terry Noland . . . . . . . . . . . . 14*                 78-65-2           .545
                                                                                                 Carl Voltmer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9             34-31-10           .520
                                                                                                 T. C. Reid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11             44-43-9           .505
                                                                                                 Howard Mahanes . . . . . . . . . . . 9                   43-45-3           .489
                                                                                                 Joseph Ferguson. . . . . . . . . . . . 3                   7-8-0           .467
                                                                                                 A. A. Mason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2                 5-6-3           .464
                                                                                                 James Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1                  4-5-0           .444
                                                                                                 Lew Comer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4               15-19-2           .444
                                                                                                 Bill Greim. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5            17-23-5           .433
                                                                                                 Ewing Cockrell. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1                  2-3-0           .400
                                                                                                 Robert Hoff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1               3-5-0           .375
                                                                                                 Tate Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4            11-22-4           .351
                                                                                                 Robert White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2                5-10-0           .333
                                                                                                 Walt Hicklin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5              16-35-0           .314
                                                                                                 Judd Dean. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2              5-12-1           .306
                                                                                                 Hal Yinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4             10-25-2           .297
                                                                                                 Richard Carter . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1                 2-6-1           .278
Willie Fritz, now in his seventh season as the Mules’ head coach, has compiled                   Ken Robb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3              4-22-1           .167
a career record of 47-21 (.691 percent). He is the first coach in Central history                Harry Fritz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1              1-6-0           .143
to lead the team to five consecutive seven-win seasons.                                          * - Assistant coach Jeff floyd coached final three games of 1996 and was 1-2.
                                                                                                 Terry Noland’s record does not include those three games.




                                               Mules Season-by-Season Records
 Year    Coach. . . . . . . . Record           Year   Coach. . . . . . . . Record        Year   Coach. . . . . . . . Record                  Year     Coach. . . . . . . . Record
 1895    ––– . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2-0     1924   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-1   1953   Comer. . . . . . . . . . 0-7-2               1983     Noland . . . . . . . . . 6-5-0
 1896    ––– . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –   1925   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-1   1954   Comer. . . . . . . . . . 3-6-0               1984     Noland . . . . . . . . . 5-6-0
 1897    ––– . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4-0     1926   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 7-0-1   1955   Comer. . . . . . . . . . 5-4-0               1985     Noland . . . . . . . . . 3-7-0
 1898    Cockrell . . . . . . . . 2-3-0        1927   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-0   1956   Comer. . . . . . . . . . 7-2-0               1986     Noland . . . . . . . . . 9-2-0
 1899    Mosse. . . . . . . . . . 5-1-0        1928   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-2   1957   Yinger. . . . . . . . . . 1-7-1              1987     Noland . . . . . . . . . 7-3-1
                                               1929   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 0-8-1   1958   Yinger. . . . . . . . . . 2-6-1              1988     Noland . . . . . . . . . 6-5-0
 1900    Quigley. . . . . . . . . 7-4-0        1930   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4-1                                                       1989     Noland . . . . . . . . . 5-6-0
                                                                                         1959   Yinger. . . . . . . . . . 3-7-0
 1901    Mosse. . . . . . . . . . 1-1-0        1931   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8-0   1960   Yinger. . . . . . . . . . 4-5-0              1990     Noland . . . . . . . . . 5-5-0
 1902    Mosse. . . . . . . . . . 6-3-0        1932   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3-1                                                       1991     Noland . . . . . . . . . 5-6-0
                                                                                         1961   Hoff . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-0
 1903    Ferguson. . . . . . . . 1-1-0         1933   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3-0                                                       1992     Noland . . . . . . . . . 6-4-0
 1904    Ferguson. . . . . . . . 5-2-0         1934   Reid . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-1   1962   Carter . . . . . . . . . . 2-6-1             1993     Noland . . . . . . . . . 7-2-1
 1905    Ferguson. . . . . . . . 1-3-0         1935   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 4-3-1      1963   Robb. . . . . . . . . . . 1-8-0              1994     Noland . . . . . . . . . 7-3-0
 1906    Brown. . . . . . . . . . 4-5-0        1936   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 6-2-0      1964   Robb. . . . . . . . . . . 1-8-0              1995     Noland . . . . . . . . . 4-6-0
                                               1937   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 7-1-0      1965   Robb. . . . . . . . . . . 2-6-1              1996     Noland/Floyd. . . . 4-7-0
 1907    Lowman . . . . . . . . 7-2-0
                                               1938   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 2-5-1      1966   Mahanes. . . . . . . . 4-5-0                 1997     W. Fritz . . . . . . . . 5-6-0
 1908    Mason. . . . . . . . . . 2-3-1                                                  1967   Mahanes. . . . . . . . 6-4-0
 1909    Mason. . . . . . . . . . 3-3-2        1939   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 3-3-3                                                          1998     W. Fritz . . . . . . . . 8-3-0
                                               1940   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 5-4-0      1968   Mahanes. . . . . . . 7-2-1*                  1999     W. Fritz . . . . . . . . 7-4-0
 1910    Winters. . . . . . . . . 6-0-1        1941   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 3-2-3      1969   Mahanes. . . . . . . . 5-4-0                 2000     W. Fritz . . . . . . . . 7-4-0
 1911    Winters. . . . . . . . . 2-2-1        1942   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 0-7-0      1970   Mahanes. . . . . . . 9-2-0*                  2001     W. Fritz. . . . . . 10-2-0*
 1912    Allen. . . . . . . . . . . 6-2-0      1943   Voltmer . . . . . . . . 4-4-2      1971   Mahanes. . . . . . . . 4-6-0                 2002     W. Fritz. . . . . . 10-2-0*
 1913    Allen. . . . . . . . . . . 7-2-0      1944   White . . . . . . . . . . 4-4-0    1972   Mahanes. . . . . . . . 3-7-1                 Totals   . . . . . . . . . . 437-459-51
 1914    Allen. . . . . . . . . . . 5-4-0      1945   White . . . . . . . . . . 1-6-0    1973   Mahanes. . . . . . . . 2-8-0
 1915    Allen. . . . . . . . . . . 4-2-2                                                1974   Mahanes. . . . . . . . 3-7-1                     * includes Bowl games
 1916    Allen. . . . . . . . . . . 6-3-0      1946   Dean. . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-1
                                               1947   Dean. . . . . . . . . . . 2-7-0    1975   Hicklin . . . . . . . . . 5-5-0                        and playoffs
 1917    Allen. . . . . . . . . . . 1-4-0                                                1976   Hicklin . . . . . . . . . 3-8-0              26 Coaches - 106 Seasons
 1918    No Team. . . . . . . . . . . –        1948   Page . . . . . . . . . . . 0-7-2   1977   Hicklin . . . . . . . . . 3-7-0
 1919    Greim . . . . . . . . . . 2-6-1       1949   Page . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5-0   1978   Hicklin . . . . . . . . . 2-8-0
 1920    Greim . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-1       1950   Page . . . . . . . . . . 8-3-0*    1979   Hicklin . . . . . . . . . 3-7-0
 1921    Greim . . . . . . . . . . 2-5-1       1951   Page . . . . . . . . . . . 0-7-2
                                                                                         1980   Molde. . . . . . . . . . 6-3-1
 1922    Greim . . . . . . . . . . 3-6-0       1952   H. Fritz. . . . . . . . . 1-6-0    1981   Molde. . . . . . . . . . 4-3-3
  1923   Greim . . . . . . . . . . 5-3-2                                                 1982   Molde. . . . . . . . . . 7-3-0




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                                           The Assistant Coaches
                                                                           student assistant on the Bulldogs’ staff, then went to Eastern Illinois
                                    Scott Grinde                           University as a graduate assistant before returning to Truman in 1989.
                                   Assistant Head Coach                       Clemens received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in
                                      Offensive Line                       1988 from Truman State. He has a daughter, McKenzie (8), and a son,
                                Scott Grinde is in his seventh season on                                   Tyler (6).
                           the Mules’ staff. He is assistant head coach
                           and offensive line coach. He came to Central
                           Missouri after serving five seasons as
                           offensive line coach and recruiting
                           coordinator at Sam Houston State University.
    Grinde worked with Willie Fritz when both were assistant coaches
at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. They were on the
Coffeyville staff together in 1990 when the Red Ravens won the junior
                               college national championship. Grinde
                               was an assistant at Scottsdale (Ariz.)
                               Community College before he went to
                               Coffeyville.
                                    A native of Aurora, Colorado, the
                               4 1-year-old Grinde played college




football      at    the                                                                               The Clemens family: McKenzie, Chuck,
University           of                                                                               and Tyler
Wyoming, where he
earned a scholarship
after making the team
as a walk-on. He
received his bachelor’s                                                                                      Chris Klenakis
degree in biological                                                                                           Offensive Coordinator
science and secondary
                                                                                                               Quarterbacks Coach
education in 1984
                                                                                                        Chris Klenakis is in his first season as the
from Wyoming, then
                                                                                                    Mules offensive coordinator and
earned a master’s
                                                                                                    quarterbacks coach. He comes to Central
degree in educational
                                                                                                    after 13 highly successful seasons in the
administration in 1986
                         The Grinde family: John, Debra, Scott, Rachel,                             Division I ranks. The past three seasons, he
from Texas-El Paso.      and James                                                                  has served as offensive coordinator at the
     Grinde and his
                                                                           University of Southern Mississippi. There he helped the Golden Eagles
wife, Debra, have two sons – James (14) and John (12) and a daughter
                                                                                                       set eight offensive school records and
– Rachel (5).




                                Chuck Clemens
                                   Defensive Coordinator
                                      Defensive Line
                             Chuck Clemens is in his fifth season on
                          Willie Fritz’s staff. He came to Central in
                          June, 1999, after nine seasons as an assistant
                          at Truman State University. He coaches the       advance to a pair of
                          defensive line and is the Mules’ defensive       bowl games (the
                          coordinator.                                     GMAC Mobile Bowl in
                             The 38-year-old Clemens was an                2000, and the Houston
offensive assistant for Truman from 1989-1993, then was a defensive        Bowl last fall). From
assistant from 1993-95 before being named defensive coordinator in         1990-00, Klenakis was
1995. Clemens also played at Truman State University (1983-86) as a        an assistant at Nevada,
tight end and earned honorable mention All-Missouri Intercollegiate        serving as offensive
Atheltics Association recognition on the Bulldogs’ undefeated MIAA         coordinator from 1996-    The Klenakis family: Nikos (3), Chris, Lucy (2),
championship team in 1985. Following his playing career, he was a          2000.                     and Andrea.


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                                              The Assistant Coaches
   Under his guidance, Nevada set 24 NCAA records, and annually               Missouri Western State College in 1995.
ranked among the national leaders in total offense, passing offense, and            Lee received a prestigious minority internship in the summer of
scoring offense.                                                              2001 at the Atlanta
   Klenakis helped lead the University of Nevada to Big Sky                   Falcons training camp
Conference titles in 1990 and 1991 and an NCAA I-AA National                  in Greenville, S.C. In
Runner-up finish in 1991. He then helped lead the Wolf Pack to five           2002, he held a similar
                                                                              position with the
Big West Championships, and to three Las Vegas Bowl appearances.
                                                                              Kansas City Chiefs at
   Klenakis was a two-time Nevada High School Coach of the Year               their training camp in
while leading Fallon High to a three-year record of 21-9.                     River Falls, Wisc.
   Klenakis earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/history                This past spring
from Carroll College in 1986, and in 1992 completed his master’s              and summer he served
degree in exercise physiology at the University of Nevada.                    as secondary coach for
   He and his wife, Andrea, have a son, Nikos (three) and a daughter,         the Scottish Claymores
Lucy (two).                                                                   of NFLEurope.
                                                                                    The 31-year-old
                                                                              Lee played fullback in
                                                                              college at the University
                                                                              of     Colorado.       He
                                                                              received his bachelor’s
                                Scott Baumgartner                             degree in history and Charlie Lee is in his fifth season as the Mules’
                                                                              political science in 1995 secondary coach.
                                   Special Teams Coordinator                  from Colorado.
                                         Wide Receivers
                                  In his eighth season on the Mules’ staff,
                             Scott Baumgartner coaches the wide
                             receivers and special teams.
                                  Before coming to Central Missouri, he
                             spent five seasons as receivers’ coach and
                             strength coach at West Valley (Calif.)                                               Bill Brechue
                                                                                                                      Defensive Line
Community College.
                                                                                                           Bill Brechue begins his second season on
     Prior to that, he
                                                                                                        the Mules’ staff this season and will help
had the same position
                                                                                                        with coaching the defensive line. He also
for five seasons at
                                                                                                        serves as strength and conditioning
Pacific University in
                                                                                                        coordinator for the Central football team.
Oregon, his alma mater.
                                                                                                           For three years prior to coming to Central,
     He was a two-year
                                                                                                        Brechue has been an assistant high school
all-conference selection
                                                                                                        football coach in Indiana. In 2001, he
at wide receiver at
                                                                              coached defensive backs and running backs and was the special teams
Pacific University and
                                                                              coordinator at Paoli High School. Brechue earned his bachelors (1982)
also served as team
                                                                              and masters (1984) degrees in Physical Education from Pittsburg State
captain. The 38- y e a r -
                                                                              (Kan.) University where he played defensive line for the Gorilla’s
old native of LaMirada,
                                                                              (1978-1981). He was a teammate at Pitt State with Mules head coach
California, received his
                                                                              Willie Fritz. Bill and his wife, Denise, have two daughters Erin (19)
bachelor’s degree in
                                                                              and Nicole (17).
physical education in
1990 from Pacific.           Scott Baumgartner is in his eighth year on
                             the Mules’ coaching staff.


                                                                                                                    Andy Ball
                                       Charles Lee                                                                    Special Teams
                                                                                                            Andy Ball is in his third season on the
                                       Defensive Secondary                                              Mules’ staff. Ball coaches the long snappers,
                               In his fifth season on the Mules’ staff                                  kickers, punters, and cover teams.
                         Charles Lee coaches the defensive backs.                                           As a senior in 2001, he served as a
                         Before coming to Central Missouri State, Lee                                   student-assistant, helping with the long-
                         was an assistant football coach and offensive                                  snappers and enforcers, while earning his
                         coordinator at St. Pius X High School in                                       bachelor’s degree in physical education.
                         Kansas City and helped guide St. Pius to the
                                                                                                            He played his final two seasons for the
                         Missouri Class 2A State Championship in
                         1998.                                                Mules’ serving as the long-snapper on punts and placekicks after
    Prior to joining the staff at St. Pius, he was an assistant coach at      transferring from Western Illinois University.
Liberty (Mo.) High School in 1996 and was an assistant coach at                  Ball is working on his master’s degree in athletic administration.



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                                       Dave Brown                                                                       Dan Joiner
                                          Running Backs                                                                   Offensive Line
                             David Brown will serve as an assistant                                         Dan Joiner begins his first season as a
                           coach for a third season on the Mules’ staff,                                 student-assistant with the Mules and will work
                           and will coach the running backs.                                             with the offensive line.
                             Brown was a member of the Mules’ team                                          A 2002 first-team All-MIAA s e l e c t i o n ,
                           during the 2000 season after transferring from                                Joiner started for two seasons at Central. In
                           Butler County (Kan.) Community College,                                       2001, he was the Mules’ starting left guard in
                           where he was a member of the 1999 National                                    2001 when he helped the squads skill position
Championship team.                                                                                       players average almost 400 yards and 39
  Brown graduated in May 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in physical             points per game, and a left tackle last season. Last fall he started at left
education, and is currently working on a master’s degree in athletics          tackle and helped Central average 38.2 points and 409.1 yards per game.
administration.                                                                   A native of Garden City, Mo., Joiner transferred to Central after his
                                                                               sophomore year at Southeast Missouri State University. He is
                                                                               completing his studies for a degree in physical education. Joiner and his
                                                                               wife, Jennifer, have a son, Dan, Jr. (one).


                                         Andy Sims
                                            Linebackers
                               Andy Sims will be in his second season on
                            the Mules’ staff and will coach the
                                                                                                             Nate Thomas
                            linebackers.                                                                                 Wide Receivers
                               Sims joined the coaching staff last year                                    Nate Thomas completed his eligibility last
                            after completing his playing career at Central                              fall and now will share his knowledge with the
                            in 2001. He joined the Mule family in 1997                                  Mules’ wide receivers.
                            as a red-shirt freshman. After serving as a                                    Last season Thomas earned honorable
reserve linebacker and starter on special teams in 1998, Sims went on to                                mention All-MIAA honors as a kick returner
become a three-year starter at inside linebacker.                                                       after returning 26 punts for 349 yards (a 13.4
   As a senior, Sims was part of the school record ten-win season that                                  yard average) and a touchdown, and taking 12
included a victory in the Mineral Water Bowl. In 2000, Sims was a                                       kickoff returns back for 267 yards (a 22.2 yard
second-team, All-MIAA selection.                                               average). He completed his career as a receiver with 61 receptions for
   He recently received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with        940 yards and six TDs.
an emphasis in social studies. He is now studying for a master’s degree           A native of Nixa, Mo., Thomas is completing his studies for a degree
in athletics administration.                                                   in physical education. He was a three-time member of the MIAA
                                                                               Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
                                                                                  Thomas is married. His wifes name is Tara.



                                  Casey Blackstun
                                             Enforcers
                             In his first season as a student-assistant with
                          the Mules, Casey Blackstun will work with the
                          team’s enforcers.
                             Blackstun, a native of Macon, Mo., was a
                          three-year starter for Central. As a sophomore
                          and junior, he was the Mules’ starting strong
                          safety, where he collected a combined 110
                          tackles (11 for losses), two interceptions, two
fumble recoveries, and three pass breakups. He moved to weakside
linebacker last fall and tallied 51 tackles, seven tackles for losses,
including 2.5 sacks, an interception, and one fumble recovery.
   Blackstun is completing his degree in agriculture.




                                                                                       Abbedale, Central Missouri State’s mascot, is a fixture at
                                                                                       Mules football games. She and her rider, Lawrence Chaney,
                                                                                       lead the team onto the field before every home game.


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     Audrey J. Walton Stadium                                                 hitter for the Chicago White Sox in 1935, winning 21 games in 1936
                                                                              and making the American League All-Star teams in 1936 and 1938. An
                                                                              inaugural inductee into Central Missouri’s Athletic Hall of Fame in
      Vernon Kennedy Field                                                    1992, Kennedy died in a farming accident in January, 1993, at his home
                                                                              in Mendon. He was 85.
      Central Missouri State’s football facility received a new look and           The Mules’ football record at this site is 175-164-13 in 75
name in 1995, becoming Audrey J. Walton Stadium at Vernon                     seasons. In addition to being the home of Mules’ football, the stadium
Kennedy Field. Mrs. Audrey J. Walton, from Versailles, provided the           also serves as the outdoor track and field facility for the Mules and
lead gift of $1 million to help fund the stadium project. A new               Jennies.
grandstand had become necessary after engineers had determined that
the original structure was becoming unsafe due to aging.
      Construction began in November of 1994 and, while
construction was not totally complete, the facility was able to be used
for the Mules’ 1995 season opener on Sept. 7. Formal dedication
ceremonies, with Mrs. Walton and her family present, were held on
Oct. 7, 1995. Seating in the grandstand accommodates approximately
5,800 spectators. The three-level tower in the center of the grandstand
contains luxury suites available for use by donors on the lower and
middle levels and the actual working press box area on the top level.
Also included in the project was a new lighting and sound system for
the stadium.
      The current site was first constructed in 1928 with just the original
main grandstand. The Mules’ head coach at that time, “Tad” Reid, was
an engineering graduate from Kansas University, and he engineered
construction of the original stadium. The facility was formally
dedicated as West Campus Field on Oct. 19, 1928, with the Mules
losing to Northeast Missouri 13-7. However, the first game played at
the new site actually was played on Sept. 28, 1928, with the Mules
beating Central College of Fayette 7-3.
      The following year, on Oct 11, 1929, the first night college
football game in Missouri was played here with the use of large flood
lights. The Mules lost to Missouri Valley 27-0.
      On Sept. 25, 1954, West Campus Field was formally renamed and
dedicated as Vernon Kennedy Field, in honor of the man considered to
be Central Missouri State’s finest athlete. The Mules beat State College
of Arkansas 33-0 in the dedication game. Kennedy was a three-time
All-MIAA football player (1926-27-28) for the Mules. However, his
greatest athletic accomplishments came in track and field and baseball.
In 1927, he won the decathlon at the prestigious Penn Relays. After
college he spent 12 seasons in major league baseball, pitching a no-

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           Central looking to take next step in climb to national prominence
     Over the past two seasons, the Central Missouri State University                The Mules will have to replace
Mules have produced the top record in the Mid-America Intercollegiate          two-year starter Dennis Gile at
Athletics Association. In 2002 and 2003, head coach Willie Fritz’              quarterback. Competing for the job
charges posted a combined record of 20-4, 15-3 in the MIAA. Their              under center will be a trio of returnees
overall record is also the best mark among college teams in Missouri in        and one highly-touted newcomer.
that span.                                                                           Greg Valenzuela (6-1, 202,
     While that mark is impressive, it has not yet translated into Central’s   s e n i o r ) is the only returnee with
first MIAA title since 1988. Nor has it gotten the Mules a win in the          experience. He completed 12-of-21
NCAA Division II Playoffs.                                                     passes last fall for 214 yards and two
     What it HAS done, however, is foster a spirit that has the Cardinal       touchdowns. Redshirt freshmen
& Black thinking of great things on the gridiron.                              Jimmy Sangster (6-5, 245) and Mike
     “Our success over the past two seasons has given the kids in our          Spiegel (6-1, 195) battled Valenzuela
program a lot of confidence,” Fritz says. “Now Central goes into every         for the job early in spring drills and
game expecting to win.”                                                        looked impressive. Spiegel, however Greg Valenzuela is the only
     Fresh off their first ever trip to the NCAA Playoffs (a 49-28 loss to     suffered a shoulder injury and missed quarterback on the Mules roster
the University of Northern Colorado), and two years removed from its           the end of the spring season, leaving that saw action at Central last fall.
Mineral Water Bowl championship, Fritz says his team is still hungry.          Sangster to take more snaps.
     “The attitude of our team is what I like,” he says. “We seem to not             Transfer Zack Threadgill (6-2, 211, senior) comes to the Mules
be satisfied.”                                                                 from the University of Nevada where he threw for better than 3,400
     With the loss of 16 starters from 2002, the Mules will need all the       yards and 26 touchdowns. He has the advantage of having performed in
hunger they can muster, along with some major contributions from some          Klenakis’ offense before while Klenakis was an assistant at Nevada.
key newcomers, to continue to taste success.                                         Freshman Derek Rasmussen (6-4, 200) is a talent who has the staff
     “We lost a lot of starters, but I think we’ve established a system that   excited for the future.
is going to allow us to compete at a high level for years to come,” Fritz
says. “There are going to be some kids in our program who are now
going to have a chance to get some playing time, and we hope they will
be as good or better than the kids they are replacing. If some of those                             Wide Receivers / Tight Ends
key guys are able to step into positions where we’ve lost starters, we           Wide Receivers
have a good chance to be successful this year.”                                  6    Keith Stowers       6-2    195    Junior-Sq    St. Louis, Mo.
     To make that run, Fritz echoes the sentiments of every college coach        10 Matt Hudson           6-1    207    Soph.-Rs     Engelwood, Colo.
across America: His team must stay healthy. But Fritz goes a step                13 Jamison Heiskell      5-9    165    Junior-Tr    Dallas, Texas
further in adding his team must also stay strong.                                17 Paul Vassor           6-0    185    Junior-Tr    Overland Park, Kan.
                                                                                 19 Jimmy Conner          5-9    167    Junior-Rs    Phoenix, Ariz.
     “We tailed off toward the end of last season,” he says. “As a
                                                                                 36 Mark Duggan           6-1    190    Fresh.-HS    Sunrise Beach, Mo.
coaching staff we need to do a much better job of monitoring our                 37 Justin Graves         6-0    196    Fresh.-Rs    Montgomery City, Mo.
players’ weights and strength and conditioning. We felt we weren’t as            81 Brandon Almaguer      6-1    206    Junior-Tr    Hollister, Calif.
big and strong at the end of last season as we were in the beginning.            83 Jared McGinley        5-11   180    Junior-Tr    Albany, Mo.
That is something we have stressed with our team. We want to peak at             84 Micah Hefner          5-11   175    Junior-Tr    Blue Springs, Mo.
the end, not the beginning.”                                                     85 Jason McCartney       6-4    190    Fresh.-HS    Columbia, Mo.
     A steady diet of wins during the season should be just the thing to         86 Joey Sterling         6-3    185    Fresh.-HS    Kansas City, Mo.
keep the Mules full and wanting more as the 2003 campaign progresses.
                                                                                 Tight Ends
                                                                                 80 Mason Burks           6-1    271    Fresh.-Rs    St. Louis, Mo.
                                                                                 88 Ted Maxwell           6-4    251    Soph.-Sq     Kansas City, Mo.
                                                                                 89 Cooper Banks          6-3    262    Soph.-1L     Liberty, Mo.
                         OFFENSE                                                 97 Scott Young           6-3    254    Senior-2L    Odessa, Mo.

     Offensively, the Mules will be similar yet different in 2002; similar
in the sense they will attempt to run to set up the passing game, different        Whoever wins the job will be throwing to a brand new receiving
in that the offense will feature less downfield passing and more of a          corps. No wide receiver on the Mules’
controlled attack.                                                             2003 roster saw action last fall for the
     New offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis has brought a new system         Cardinal & Black, while tight ends
that at times will utilize four and five receivers running a combination of    Cooper Banks (6-3, 262, sophomore),
routes, requiring the quarterback to make quick reads and decisions.           Ted Maxwell (6-4, 251, sophomore),
     “What we run is a ball-control offense with the ability to spread the     and Scott Young (6-3, 254, senior)
field,” Klenakis says. “We will have the ability to go downfield or            saw the majority of their action on
underneath, with a heavy emphasis on the running game.”                        special teams.
                                                                                   Klenakis’ offense relies heavily on
                                                                               a variety of three wide receiver and two
                            Quarterbacks                                       tight end sets. Junior transfers Jamison
 4     Zack Threadgill     6-2    211    Senior-Tr    Glendale, Ariz.          Heiskell (5-9, 165), Micah Hefner
 7     Mike Spiegel        6-1    195    Fresh.-Rs    Lee’s Summit, Mo.        (5-11, 175), Brandon Almaguer (6-1,
 9     Jimmy Sangster      6-5    245    Fresh.-Rs    Macon, Mo.               206), and redshirts Matt Hudson (6-1, A reserve in 2002, Scott Young
 12    Derek Rasmussen     6-4    200    Fresh.-HS    Lee’s Summit, Mo.        207, sophomore) , Jimmy Conner returns to play a prominent role in
 14    Greg Valenzuela     6-1    202    Senior-1L    Pomona, Calif.           (5-9, 167, junior), and Keith Stowers the Mules’ 2003 passing attack.

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(6-2, 195, junior) are the leading candidates at the wide out positions.
All enjoyed solid spring seasons while learning the nuances of the new
                                                                                                                  Offensive Line
offense.                                                                            54    Darryl Grace            6-2     292    Junior-Tr   Captain Cook, Hawaii
    At tight end, Banks, Maxwell, and Young will get the nod. Young                 60    Chase Ward              6-2     305    Junior-Tr   Corsicana, Texas
had a pair of receptions for 31 yards, while Maxwell took his one                   61    Andy Viebrock           6-3     285    Fresh.-Rs   Olathe, Kan.
reception of a fake field goal for a 15-yard touchdown.                             62    Josh Weakly             6-1     321    Senior-1L   Kansas City, Kan.
                                                                                    63    Lee Palelei             6-4     277    Fresh.-Rs   Blue Springs, Mo.
    “One thing I love about these guys is they are extremely hard
                                                                                    64    Justin Ishmael          6-2     271    Fresh.-Rs   Basehor, Kan.
workers,” Klenakis says. “They love to play football and they work                  65    Jeff Edwards            6-3     281    Soph.-1L    Lee’s Summit, Mo.
very well together as a unit. I’m excited about that, because in our                67    Jon Lindquist           6-2     285    Soph.-1L    Jefferson City, Mo.
system it is very important that the receivers know their assignments and           68    Ryan Barnes             6-4     317    Junior-Sq   Raymore, Mo.
roles in order for the thing to work.                                               69    Matt Oschner            6-5     260    Fresh.-HS   Lohman, Mo.
    “And I’m excited about our tight end position with Scott Young,                 70    Richard Villigram       6-5     317    Soph.-1L    St. Charles, Mo.
Cooper Banks, and Ted Maxwell,” Klenakis adds. “They each have                      72    Jay Fleeman             6-5     310    Junior-2L   Pleasant Hill, Mo.
different skills and talents, but all three will play a huge role in our            73    Abijah Sanders          6-2     305    Fresh.-HS   Kansas City, Mo.
                                                                                    76    Dan Allgeyer            6-4     260    Fresh.-HS   St. Louis, Mo.
offensive success this fall.”
                                                                                    77    Tim Downs               6-7     325    Fresh.-HS   St. Louis, Mo.

                           Running Backs                                              Two starters from 2002 return on the offense line. Jay Fleeman
 2     Lee Thompson        5-8    202    Junior-2L     Liberty, Mo.               (6-5, 310, junior) has moved from the right side to left tackle, and Josh
 11    Kegan Coleman       5-8    195    Junior-2L     Lee’s Summit, Mo.          Weakly (6-1, 321, senior) returns to the left guard position. John
 22    Monroe Hicks        5-10   175    Fresh.-HS     Cape Girardeau, Mo.        Lindquist (6-2, 285, sophomore) saw a good deal of playing time as a
 26    Dustin Patton       6-0    202    Soph.-Sq      Reeds Spring, Mo.          freshman last fall and is penciled in as the starter at right guard, while
 32    Jim Bouknight       5-11   180    Fresh.-HS     Olathe, Kan.               transfer Darryl Grace (6-2, 292, junior) has drawn the start at right
                                                                                  tackle. Another transfer, Chase Ward (6-2, 305, junior) , who
                                                                                  impressed the coaching staff by putting up some impressive numbers in
     While the passing game gets settled, Central can rely on one of the          the weight room during the spring, will start at center. A trio of
top running games in NCAA Division II football.                                   sophomores -- Ryan Barnes (6-4, 317), Jeff Edwards (6-3, 281), and
     “The strength of our offense is our running back position,” Klenakis         Rich Villigram (6-4, 317) -- and two redshirt freshmen -- A n d y
says. “We have a returning All-American, a returning All-MIAA                     Viebrock (6-3, 285) and Justin Ishmael (6-2, 271) -- also will get in
player, and we have a nice young backup who saw some time last year.              on the action. On average, the Mules are 6-3, 297 across the line on
They are going to do a great job this year.                                                                                      their two deep roster.
     In juniors Kegan Coleman (5-8, 195) and Lee Thompson (5-8,                                                                       “We have some
202) the Mules have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. Thompson was a first-                                                          veterans on the offensive
team All-MIAA pick in 2001 after rushing for 1,016 yards and a school-                                                           line, and that is always a
record 16 touchdowns. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the                                                             plus,” Klenakis says.
third game of the season, though, which opened the door for Coleman to
earn All-America honors in 2002. He racked up 1,379 yards and broke
Thompson’s mark with 22 rushing TDs. Both are healthy and ready to
lead the offense this fall.
     Sophomore Dustin Patton (6-0, 202) also enjoyed a good spring
after seeing limited action in the backfield and on special teams last fall.
     A pair of newcomers, freshmen Jim Bouknight (5-11, 180) and
Monroe Hicks (5-10, 175) also could figure into the mix. Both enjoyed
stellar high school careers. Hicks may also see time at wide receiver or
cornerback.
                                                                                   Jay Fleeman (above) and Josh Weakly
                                                                                   (right) return for Central on the offensive
                                                                                   line. Fleeman moves from right tackle to
                                                                                   the left side this season, while Weakly is
                                                                                   back as the starter at left guard.




                                                                                                               DEFENSE
                                                                                       While only three starters return on the defensive side of the ball, the
                                                                                  cupboard most definitely is not bare. Defensive coordinator Chuck
                                                                                  Clemens can point to a deep front four a solid crew of linebackers, and a
                                                                                  brand new, but talented, secondary.
                                                                                       “I expect us to be better than last year in all categories,” Clemens
                                                                                  says. “We’ve worked hard to fill some gaps we have because of
                                  Kegan Coleman and Lee Thompson each
                                  have run for 1,000 yards for the Mules.         graduation, our returnees have worked extremely hard to improve on
                                  Coleman carried the load when Thompson          their areas of weakness, and we are hungry. We played well in 2002,
                                  went down last fall, but now both are healthy   but our kids are not satisfied. They know they can be better, and we are
                                  and ready to run.
                                                                                  going to have to be in order to take that next step.”

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    Clemens says his unit’s philosophy is to put his athletes in a              transfer Wesley Thibeaux (6-3, 309, junior) at defensive tackle and
position where all they have to do is play.                                     Aaron Urich (6-0, 280, junior) at nose guard. Thibeaux was an all-
    “We want to be very simple in our alignments, very competent in             conference pick at Blinn College the last two seasons, while Urich
our assignments, and then play with tremendous effort. We want to let           plugged the middle last year for the Mules, making 21 tackles, five for
our players play, and let them play really, really hard.”                       losses including 1.5 sacks. The depth will come from transfer Veantae
                                                                                Burnside (6-2, 290, junior) and returning squad member Travis Todd
              Defensive Line / Defensive Ends                                   (6-2, 264, sophomore).

  Defensive Linemen                                                                              Inside Linebackers / Enforcers
  50 Travis Todd          6-2   264    Soph.-Sq      Farmington, Mo.
  56 DeWayne Tate         6-1   307    Fresh.-Rs     St. Louis, Mo.               Inside Linebackers
  66 Todd Highfill        6-4   270    Fresh.-HS     Springfield, Mo.             33 Kyle Dubray            6-2    236    Fresh.-Rs    Drexel, Mo.
  71 Kerry Rounds         6-4   295    Fresh.-HS     St. Louis, Mo.               40 Courtney Ford          6-2    215    Fresh.-HS    St. Louis, Mo.
  78 Jordon Bright        6-5   240    Fresh.-HS     Paris, Mo.                   42 Julian Batts           6-1    215    Fresh.-HS    Parkville, Mo.
  91 Kyle Moles           6-5   265    Fresh.-Rs     Harrisonville, Mo.           44 Pete Person            6-1    215    Fresh.-HS    St. Ann, Mo.
  93 Veantae Burnside     6-3   290    Junior-Tr     Victorville, Calif.          49 Jason Vanloo           6-3    249    Junior-1L    Jefferson City, Mo.
  94 Aaron Urich          6-0   280    Junior-2L     Centertown, Mo.              51 Dan Stookey            6-1    237    Soph.-1L     Columbia, Mo.
  96 Tenney Barber        6-0   276    Senior-Tr     Pago Pago, Am. Samoa         53 Joe Brown              6-2    235    Junior-2L    Greenfield, Mo.
  99 Wesley Thibeaux      6-3   309    Junior-Tr     Beaumont, Texas              57 Mike Wright            5-11   232    Soph.-1L     Warrensburg, Mo.

  Defensive Ends                                                                  Enforcers
  45 John Crider          6-2   225    Fresh.-HS     Pleasant Hill, Mo.           5    Ariel Cowan          5-11   207    Junior-Tr    Hacienda Hts, Calif.
  46 Danny Tuttle         6-0   236    Soph.-1L      California, Mo.              16 Greg Race              5-10   203    Soph.-Tr     Warrensburg, Mo.
  47 Jesse Beck           6-5   235    Fresh.-HS     Raymore, Mo.                 21 David Poolman          5-11   200    Fresh.-Rs    Platte City, Mo.
  48 Jon Books            6-5   230    Fresh.-HS     Williamsburg, Mo.            24 Andy Hodges            5-9    185    Soph.-1L     Baytown, Texas
  55 Jeremy Wooden        6-2   265    Senior-3L     Columbia, Mo.                28 Mario Brown            6-0    199    Junior-Tr    Amory, Miss.
  58 Chase Kennedy        6-1   257    Soph.-Sq      Dexter, Mo.                  29 Roy Loren              6-1    185    Fresh.-HS    Prairie Village, Kan.
  59 Ben Sutherlin        6-0   221    Junior-2L     Overland Park, Kan.          30 Billy Beyer            6-0    214    Fresh.-Rs    Blue Springs, Mo.
  90 Roderick Green       6-2   243    Senior-1L     Brenham, Texas
  92 David Williams       6-2   265    Junior-2L     Raytown, Mo.
                                                                                      One area that might be of concern is in the safety and enforcer
  95 Dallas Bryant        6-4   235    Fresh.-HS     Raymore, Mo.
                                                                                positions.
                                                                                      “We lost both our enforcers and all our reserves at the strong and
       “Our obvious strength is                                                 free safety and bandit
our defensive front four,”                                                      positions,” Clemens
Clemens says. “We have three                                                    says. “Hopefully we
guys coming back who played                                                     will have some kids
a lot for us last year, and we’ve                                               who haven’t played a
added some guys who we                                                          whole lot who can step
expect to compete and keep us                                                   into those positions
strong and fresh up front.”                                                     and play well. They
       All-America defensive end                                                are very talented,
Roderick Green (6-2, 234,                                                       they’re just untested.
s e n i o r ) is an almost freakish                                                   In contrast, the
combination of speed and                                                        Mules return four
power. He had six sacks and a                                                   players who lettered at
team-high 19 tackles for losses                                                 the inside linebacker
last fall from the “hammer”                                                     positions, led by
position. The other end will be                                                 second-team         All-
Jeremy Wooden (6-1, 259,                                                        MIAA selection Jason
senior). He added 3.5 sacks and eight stops for losses as a reserve in          Vanloo (6-3, 249,
                                                                                                          Jason Vanloo came to the Mules last fall from the
                                      2002.                                     j u n i o r ).       He University of Missouri and promptly became regarded as
                                          Behind Green and Wooden               transferred to Central one of the top defenders in the MIAA.
                                      will be David Williams (6-2,              last fall from the
                                      265, junior) and Danny Tuttle             University of Missouri and promptly led the Mules with 79 tackles (45
                                      (6-0, 236, sophomore)                     solo). The strongside backer, Vanloo added 13 tackles for losses, three
                                      Williams was back up D-end                pass breakups, two forced fumbles, an interception for a touchdown, and
                                      the last two seasons, while               a fumble recovery.
                                      Tuttle moves down from                          He’ll line up beside Joe Brown (6-2, 235, junior), a part-time
                                      linebacker with speed to burn.            starter on the weakside in 2002 who collected 38 tackles and showed his
                                          A pair of hosses will                 mettle by finishing second on the team with 10 special teams stops.
                                      secure the middle of the line in                On the strongside, Dan Stookey (6-1, 237, sophomore) w i l l
                                                                                provide depth, while weakside help will come from Kyle Dubray (6-2,
                                       Seniors Jeremy Wooden (top) and          236, redshirt-freshman). Both will see plenty of playing time, and
                                       Roderick Green (left) give the Mules
                                                                                have the coaching staff excited about their ability.
                                       a pair of swift and talented defensive
                                       ends.


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     At the enforcer positions, Clemens and his defensive staff will look
to returning letterman Andy Hodges (5-9, 185, sophomore) a n d                               SPECIAL TEAMS
transfer Greg Race (5-10, 203, sophomore) at the bandit position,               In 2002, the Mules averaged 19.7 yards per kickoff return 14.3 yards
while transfers Mario Brown (6-0, 199, junior) and Ariel Cowans             per punt return. They had three punt returns for a touchdown and a
(5-11, 207, junior) look to man the strong safety spot.                     kickoff return for a TD, blocked five punts, two field goals, and an extra
     Hodges was a special teams machine in 2002, while Race, Brown,         point, and averaged 37.4 yards per punt. Aside from All-MIAA return
and Cowans all earned all-conference honors at their respective colleges    specialist Nate Thomas (now a member of the Mules’ coaching staff),
last fall.                                                                  all the major players are returning.

                 Cornerbacks / Free Safeties                                                             Specialists
 Cornerbacks                                                                 82   Robbie Campbell   P     5-11   194    Fresh.-Rs     Platte City, Mo.
 1   John McPherson       5-8    192   Junior-1L    Kansas City, Kan.        98   Jason Brown       P     6-0    225    Junior-1L     Bois D’arc, Mo.
 3   Corey Chatman        5-10   162   Junior-Tr    Tustin, Calif.           39   Brandon Starks    PK    5-10   179    Junior-1L     Kansas City, Mo.
 15 Jeremy Denison        5-10   187   Junior-Tr    Santa Maria, Calif.      41   Matt Frankel      PK    5-10   170    Fresh.-HS     Overland Park, Kan.
 18 Marcus Thurman        5-9    187   Junior-Tr    Phoenix, Ariz.           52   Joe Potter        DS    6-0    239    Junior-1L     California, Mo.
 23 Ricky Armstrong       5-10   163   Soph.-Tr     St. Louis, Mo.           75   Casey Shadel      DS    5-11   217    Junior-2L     Lebanon, Mo.

 Free Safeties
 20 Kendall Ricketts      5-10   170   Fresh.-HS    Raytown, Mo.               Brandon Starks (5-10, 179, junior) won an early-season battle for
 27 Colin Johnson         5-9    183   Senior-Tr    Oklahoma City, Okla.    the placekicking job and finished the year by converting 25-of-25 extra
 31 Justin Walley         6-4    190   Fresh.-HS    Peculiar, Mo.           point attempts and 3-of-6 field goals.
 34 Anthony Alexander     5-10   200   Senior-Sq    Long Beach, Calif.         In his first year as Central’s punter,
 35 Kellen Nesbitt        6-0    186   Fresh.-Rs    Columbia, Mo.           Jason Brown (6-0, 225, junior)
                                                                            averaged 39.5 yards on 44 punts with
                                                                            20 boots stopped inside the opponents
    While the Mules did lose their starter and backup at free safety,       20-yard line.
Clemens has to feel good about his replacement in the middle: Colin            Kegan Coleman averaged 29.3
Johnson (5-9, 183, senior) a                                                yards on seven kickoff returns and
transfer from Southwest                                                     10.7 yards on his three punt returns in
Missouri State University.                                                  2002, and should hold those duties,
Johnson started the last two                                                along with John McPherson.
seasons at SMSU, but ran out                                                   McPherson, Joe Brown, and Andy
of Division I eligibility because                                           Hodges will again anchor the coverage
of D-I’s semester rule. Per                                                 units.
                                                                                                                       Brandon Starks left MIAA-rival
NCAA guidelines, he can play                                                                                           Southwest Baptist to join the Mules
one year at the Division II                                                    Central comes into the year picked      and proved to be an accurate place
level, and has now found                                                    No. 8 in NCAA Division II by Street        kicker, hitting all 25 of his PATs.
himself in the Cardinal &                                                   & Smith’s College Football Preview.
Black, slated to start at free                                              A nice accolade, but Fritz and his charges know they must first get
safety.                                                                     through the ultra-tough Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics
    He will be backed up by                                                 Association before their thoughts can turn to national rankings.
Kellen Nesbitt (6-0, 186,                                                      “I think our conference is much better,” Fritz says. It is greatly
redshirt-freshman)            and                                           improved from when I first got here. Football is a different sport than a
Anthony Alexander (5-10,                                                    lot of others. Coaches and players work at it year round, even in the
200, senior) , a converted Juniors John McPherson and A n d y               summer. You have to do that in this league to be successful.”
cornerback who saw some time Hodges were both mainstays on special
on special teams last fall.       teams in 2002. They will now have the
                                          to start
    The cornerback position is chanceMules. in the defensive secondary
                                  for the
solid, with returning All-MIAA
selection John McPherson (5-8, 192, junior) being joined by a
                                                                                         2003 Central Missouri State Mules
quartet of speedy and talented newcomers.                                                       Football Schedule
    “I feel really good about our cornerback position with John
returning and some new kids we’ve added,” Clemens says. “We might            August 28      Lincoln University            Warrensburg          7:00 pm
be even better there this year.” A pretty heady comment, given Central       September 11 Langston University             Warrensburg          7:00 pm
had a pair of All-MIAA corners in 2002.                                      September 20 at Northwest Missouri *         Maryville, Mo.       1:00 pm
    McPherson made the all-conference team despite not starting a            September 27 Missouri Southern *             Warrensburg          1:30 pm
single game. He was a force, though, collecting 60 tackles (including a      October 4      at Southwest Baptist *        Bolivar, Mo.         2:00 pm
team-high 47 solo stops), two interceptions, and five pass breakups.         October 11     at Missouri Western *         St. Joseph, Mo.      1:00 pm
    Joining him will be juniors Marcus Thurman (5-9, 187), Jeremy            October 18     Missouri-Rolla *              Warrensburg          1:30 pm
Denison (5-10, 187), and Corey Chatman (5-10, 162), and sophomore            October 25     Truman (HC) *                 Warrensburg          1:30 pm
Ricky Armstrong (5-10, 163). All were with the Mules in the spring.          November 1     at Washburn *                 Topeka, Kan.         1:00 pm
                                                                             November 8 Pittsburg State *                 Warrensburg          1:30 pm
                                                                             November 15 at Emporia State *               Emporia, Kan.        2:00 pm
                                                                             * - MIAA contest

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                                                                    Central Offense
Z-RECEIVER                     -   13   JAMISON HEISKELL (5-9, 165, Junior-Tr)                         84        Micah Hefner (5-11, 175, Junior-Tr)
TIGHT END                      -   97   SCOTT YOUNG (6-3, 254, Senior-2L)                              89        Cooper Banks (6-1, 271, Sophomore-1L)
                                                                                                       88        Ted Maxwell (6-4, 251, Sophomore-Sq)
LEFT TACKLE                    -   72   JAY FLEEMAN(6-5, 310, Junior-2L)                               61        Andy Viebrock (6-3, 285, Freshman-Rs)
LEFT GUARD                     -   62   JOSH WEAKLY(6-1, 321, Senior-1L)                               68        Ryan Barnes (6-4, 317, Sophomore-Sq)
CENTER                         -   60   CHASE WARD (6-2, 305, Junior-Tr)                               65        Jeff Edwards (6-3, 281, Sophomore-1L)
RIGHT GUARD                    -   67   JOHN LINDQUIST (6-2, 285, Sophomore-1L)                        64        Justin Ishmael (6-2, 271, Freshman-Rs)
RIGHT TACKLE                   -   54   DARYL GRACE(6-2, 292, Junior-Tr)                               70        Rich Villigram (6-4, 317, Sophomore-1L)
X-RECEIVER                     -   81   BRANDON ALMAGUER(6-1, 206, Junior-Tr)                          10        Matt Hudson (6-1, 207, Sophomore-Rs)
F-RECEIVER                     -   19   JIMMY CONNER (5-9, 167, Junior-Rs)                              6        Keith Stowers (6-2, 195, Junior-Sq)
                                                                                                       17        Paul Vassor (6-0, 185, Junior-Tr)
QUARTERBACK                    -    9   JIMMY SANGSTER(6-5, 245, Freshman-Rs)                           7        Mike Spiegel (6-1, 195, Freshman-Rs)
                                                                                                       10        Greg Valenzuela (6-1, 202, Senior-1L)
                                                                                                        4        Zack Threadgill (6-2 211, Senior-Tr)
RUNNINGBACK                    -   11   KEGAN COLEMAN(5-8, 190, Sophomore-1L)                          26        Dustin Patton (6-0, 202, Sophomore-Sq)
                                    2   LEE THOMPSON (5-7, 191, Junior-2L)


                                                                    Central Defense
DEFENSIVE END                  -   55   JEREMY WOODEN (6-1, 265, Senior-3L)                            92        David Williams (6-2, 265, Junior-2L)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE               -   99   WESLEY THIBEAUX (6-3, 309, Junior-Tr)                          91        Kyle Moles (6-5, 265, Freshman-Rs)
                                                                                                       93        Veantae Burnside (6-3, 290, Junior-Tr)
NOSE GUARD                     -   94   AARON URICH(6-0, 280, Junior-2L)                               50        Travis Todd (6-2, 264, Sophomore-Sq)
                                                                                                       93        Veantae Burnside (6-3, 290, Junior-Tr)
HAMMER                         -   90   RODERICK GREEN (6-2, 243, Senior-1L)                           46        Danny Tuttle (6-0, 236, Sophomore-1L)
STRONG SAFETY                  -   28   MARIO BROWN (6-0, 199, Junior-Tr)                               5        Ariel Cowan (5-11, 207, Junior-Tr)
SAM LINEBACKER                 -   49   JASON VANLOO(6-3, 249, Junior-1L)                              51        Dan Stookey (6-1, 237, Sophomore-1L)
WILL LINEBACKER                -   53   JOE BROWN (6-2, 235, Junior-2L)                                33        Kyle Dubray (6-2, 236, Freshman-Rs)
BANDIT                         -   24   ANDY HODGES (5-9, 185, Sophomore-1L)                           16        Greg Race (5-10, 203, Sophomore-Tr)
CORNERBACK                     -   18   MARCUS THURMAN (5-9, 187, Junior-Tr)                           15        Jeremy Denison (5-10, 187, Junior-Tr)
                                                                                                        3        Corey Chatman (5-10, 162, Junior-Tr)
FREE SAFETY                    -   27   COLIN JOHNSON (5-9, 183, Senior-Tr)                            35        Kellen Nesbitt (6-0, 186, Freshman-Rs)
                                                                                                       34        Anthony Alexander (5-10, 200, Senior-Sq)
CORNERBACK                     -    1   JOHN McPHERSON (5-8, 192, Junior-1L)                           23        Ricky Armstrong (5-10, 163, Sophomore-Tr)
                                                                                                        3        Corey Chatman (5-10, 162, Junior-Tr)


                                                              Central Special Forces
PLACEKICKER          - 39   BRANDON STARKS (5-10, 179, Junior-1L)                  KICK RETURNS - 11 KEGAN COLEMAN(5-8, 195, Junior-2L)
                       41   Matt Frankel (5-10, 170, Freshman-HS)                                  1 JOHN McPHERSON (5-8, 192, Junior-1L)
PUNTER               - 98   JASON BROWN(6-0, 225, Junior-1L)                       PUNT RETURNS - 11 KEGAN COLEMAN(5-8, 195, Junior-2L)
                       82   Robbie Campbell (5-11, 194, Freshman-Rs)
LONG SNAPPER         - 75   CASEY SHADEL(5-11, 217, Junior-2L)
                       52   Joe Potter (6-0, 239, Junior-1L)



                                                           Personnel Situation
                               All-Caps indicates 2002 starter (must have started 50% of games played) - Bold indicates 2002 All-MIAA
                            Lettermen Returning (26)                                                         Lettermen Lost (30)
 Offense: 10 (3 starters)                                                          Offense: 16 (8 starters)
 QB Greg Valenzuela                                                                QB DENNIS GILE, Ross Ball
 TB KEGAN COLEMAN, Lee Thompson (injured in game three)                            RB DUSTIN DOLL, Kevin O’Sadnick
 TE Cooper Banks, Scott Young                                                      WR TODD DEVOE, DON ROBINSON, Gary Johnson, Brad Small, Nate
 OL JAY FLEEMAN, JOSH WEAKLY, Jeff Edwards, Jon Lindquist, Rich                         Thomas, Jake Winters
      Villigram                                                                    TE MIKE CARTER
                                                                                   OL DAN JOINER, ANDY MINFORD, CHRIS MUNSTERMAN, Derrick
 Defense: 12 (3 starters)                                                               Clark, James Walker
 DL RODRICK GREEN, AARON URICH, Ben Sutherlin, David Williams,
      Jeremy Wooden                                                                Defense: 15 (8 starters)
 LB JASON VANLOO, Joe Brown, Dan Stookey, Danny Tuttle (moved to                   DL TOM FLICK, TIM URICH, Dan Spencer
      defensive end in the spring), Mike Wright                                    LB CASEY BLACKSTUN, Teon Wilson
 DB Andy Hodges, John McPherson                                                    DB JULIUS ALLEN,CHRIS HOOPER, BILLY JONES, BRIAN RILEY,
 Specialists: 4 (4 starters)                                                            JOEY ROBINSON, Chad Bruto, Cassidy McCrite, Dan Moon, Pat
 PK BRANDON STARKS                                                                      Nussbeck, Trevor Rubly
 P    JASON BROWN
 LS CASEY SHADEL                                                                   Specialists: 2 (1 starters)
 KR KEGAN COLEMAN                                                                  PK Ryan Ashcraft
                                                                                   KR NATE THOMAS


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                                                                               In high school: Competed for Riverview Gardens High School in St.
                       34 tonyALEXANDER                                        Louis, Mo. . . played for head coach Darren Sunkett . . . helped
                       Free Safety                                             Riverview Gardens to a state title in 1998 . . . lettered as a cornerback
                                                                               and kick returner . . . also lettered in track & field.
                       5-10 * 200 * Senior-Sq                                  Personal: Business Management major . . . born May 4, 1982 . . . son
                       Long Beach, California                                  of Glenda Smith.
                       Los Angeles Southwest Jr College
Saw limited action last fall after transferring from Los Angeles                                      89 cooperBANKS
Southwest Junior College . . . also attended West Liberty State College
. . . should provide depth at the free safety position.                                               Tight End
As a junior: Saw action in five games . . . finished season with eight                                6-1 * 271 * Sophomore-1L
tackles, four solo and four assists . . . had two games with three tackles
in the home opener against Sterling and Southwest Baptist.
                                                                                                      Liberty, Missouri
At Los Angeles Southwest:                                                                             Liberty High School
In high school: Lettered in football at Lynwood High School in Long
Beach, Calif. . .                                                              Projected as a reserve tight end for the Mules this season, he will see a
Personal: Criminal Justice major . . . born September 29, 1979 . . . son       great deal of playing time in two-tight end sets . . . has excellent size up
of Lorrie Clark.                                                               front and developed nicely over the spring.
                       Career Statistics at Central                            As a freshman: Played in seven contests last season mostly at reserve
Defensive   G    UT AT TOT           TFL     FF   FR     Int.   PBU Sacks      tight end and on special teams . . . redshirted in 2001.
2002        4     4  4   8            0-0     0    0     0-0      1   0-0      In high school: Lettered three years for head coach Pat Hansen at
                                                                               Liberty High School . . . earned all-conference honors as a junior and
                                                                               senior, and was invited to the Metro All-Star Game following his senior
                      81 brandonALMAGUER                                       year.
                                                                               Personal: Undecided on a major . . . born October 22, 1982 . . . son of
                      Wide Receiver                                            Dan and Patti Banks.

                      6-1 * 206 * Junior-Tr
                      Hollister, California                                                          96     tenneyBARBER
                      Gavilan Community College
                                                                                                     Defensive Line
A talented veteran receiver who transferred to Central in the spring from                           6-0 * 276 * Senior-Tr
Gavilan Community College . . . has excellent size to beat pressure at
the line, and should battle for a starting nod this fall.                                           Pago Pago, American Samoa
At Gavilan: Lettered two seasons for head coach John Lango . . .                                    Snow College
earned all-conference honors for his efforts both seasons.
In high school: Played for Chris Cameron at San Benito High School             A big body who sat out last season after enjoying standout careers in
in Hollister, Calif. . . earned a pair of varsity letters while earning all-   both high school and junior college . . . will provide added depth across
conference honors and helping San Benito the the Central Coast Section         the defensive front this fall.
Division II title as a junior . . . also lettered twice in basketball and      At Snow College: Earned all-star honors while suiting up for head
baseball.                                                                      coach Keith Uperesa at Snow.
Personal: Physical Education major with a 3.37 GPA . . . born January          In high school: Lettered for Pio Groshe at Fagaitua High School in
29, 1983 . . . son of John Almaguer and Brenda Almaguer.                       Pago Pago, American Samoa . . . helped his squad to the Hawaii State
                                                                               High School Championship game . . . earned all-state honors as a senior.
                                                                               Personal: History major witha 3.12 GPA . . . born October 26, 1980 . . .
                      23     rickyARMSTRONG                                    son of Loimata and Taumafai Barber . . . he and his wife, Brandy, have a
                                                                               daughter, Tedy (4).
                      Cornerback
                       5-10 * 163 * Junior-Tr                                                         68 ryanBARNES
                       St. Louis, Missouri                                                            Offensive Line
                       Highland Community College
                                                                                                     6-4 * 317 * Junior-Sq
Joined the Mules in the spring after transferring from Highland                                      Raymore, Missouri
Community College . . . will have the opportunity to compete for a                                   Raymore-Peculiar High School
starting nod at cornerback.
At Highland: Lettered one season at Highland Community College                 Projected for reserve duty at left guard this season after seeing limited
where he played for Michael White . . . enrolled at Reedley College after      action as a freshman and sophomore . . . had a solid spring and has
high school.                                                                   added size and strength.

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As a sophomore: Saw action in three games for the Mules in reserve.
As a freshman: Returning squad member who saw action in the Mules’                                   53 joeBROWN
first two games vs. Lincoln and Ottawa.                                                              Linebacker
In high school: Earned second-team all-state and first-team all-
conference and all-district honors his senior season for Tom Kruse at                               6-2 * 235 * Junior-2L
Raymore-Peculiar High School in Peculiar, Mo. . . named first-team all-                             Greenfield, Missouri
district as a junior . . . also lettered in track & field.                                          Greenfield High School
Personal: Undecided on a major, but maintains a 3.05 grade-point
average . . . born February 29, 1983 . . . son of Ron and Carol Barnes.
                                                                             Is slated for a starting nod at weakside linebacker after seeing reserve
                                                                             duty the last two year . . . also was a key member of the kicking game,
                                                                             as he tied for second on the team in special teams tackles with 10.
                      30 billyBEYER                                          As a sophomore: Finished the season with 38 tackles, 22 solo, in 12
                                                                             games . . . registered five tackles for a loss of 10 yards . . . registered six
                      Strong Safety                                          tackles, two for losses, and two forced fumbles at Northwest Missouri
                      6-0 * 214 * Freshman-Rs                                State . . . recorded a career-high with nine stops, one for a loss, in the
                                                                             NCAA Division II Playoff game at Northern Colorado . . . also had a
                      Blue Springs, Missouri                                 solid game against Washburn, intercepting a pass and returning it 35
                      Blue Springs High School                               yards for a touchdown, in addition to making one solo tackle and
                                                                             breaking up a pass.
Redshirted last season as a linebacker after coming to the Mules from        As a freshman: Notched eight tackles, all solo while appearing in all
Blue Springs (Mo.) High School . . . will compete this fall for playing      11 regular season games . . . also had two tackles for losses, a pass
time at either strong safety or bandit and on special teams.                 breakup, and a sack . . . redshirted in 2000.
In high school: Lettered all four years for head coach Kelly Donahoe at      In high school: Earned all-conference honors on offense & defense
Blue Springs High School . . . earned all-conference and all-district        three straight years at Greenfield High School . . . played running back
honors, and helped Blue Springs to a state title in 2001 . . . also earned   and linebacker for his father, head coach Mike Brown . . . also lettered in
four letters each in swimming and track.                                     basketball, baseball & track.
Personal: Undecided on a major, but maintains a 3.52 grade-point             Personal: Undecided on a major . . . born September 29, 1981 . . . son
average . . . born February 24, 1984 . . . son of Bill and Kyle Beyer.       of Mike Brown.
                                                                                                     Career Statistics at Central
                                                                             Defensive   G     UT AT TOT            TFL     FF   FR     Int. PBU Sacks
                                                                             2001        12      8  0   8         2-(-16)    0    1     0-0    1    1-9
                      98 jasonBROWN                                          2002        12     22 16  38         5-(-10)    2    0    1-35    1 0.5-3
                                                                             Totals      24     30 16  46         7-(-26)    2    1    1-35    2 1.5-12
                      Punter
                      6-0 * 225 * Junior-1L
                      Bois D’arc, Missouri                                                           28 marioBROWN
                      Ash Grove High School
                                                                                                     Strong Safety
Developed into a steady and reliable punter for the Mules last fall after                           6-0 * 199 * Sophomore-Tr
seeing limited action as a freshman . . . possesses a strong leg and                                Amory, Mississippi
showed a great deal of accuracy.
As a sophomore: Saw action in 11 contests, missing the season finale
                                                                                                    Itawamba Community College
with an injured left ankle . . . averaged 39.5 yards on 44 punts for the
season to rank second in MIAA . . . had a career-best punt of 71 yards       Comes to the Mules after one season at Itawamba (Miss.) Community
and six punts inside the 20 at the NCAA playoff game against Northern        College . . . has good size for the enforcer position, and is penciled in as
Colorado . . . added a solo tackle against Northwest Missouri.               the starter at strong safety after a very good spring campaign . . . a
As a freshman: Had three punts on the season for a 35-yard average           “strong” safety in every sense of the word, he put up 330 pounds in the
. . . long punt was 36 yards, and he downed two inside the opponents 20      power cleans for the Mules during the spring of 2002.
yard line.                                                                   At Itawamba: Lettered in his one season playing for head coach Jeff
In high school: Graduated from Ash Grove High School, where he               Terrell.
earned all-state football honors as a punter his senior season after being   In high school: Lettered three seasons for head coach Pat Byrd at
named all-district as a junior and senior . . . played for head coach        Amory (Miss.) High School . . . earned all-state honors as a senior and
Dennis Whitehead.                                                            helped lead Amory to a state championship as a sophomore.
Personal: Agribusiness major . . . born December 5, 1980 . . . son of        Personal: Physical Education major . . . born August 30, 1983 . . . son
Timmy and Sherrie Brown.                                                     of Wilie Brown.
                       Career Statistics at Central
Punting    G    No.   Yards      Avg.    Long     TB     FC    I20 Blkd
2001        2     3      105     35.0      36      0      0      2    0
2002       11    44    1,736     39.5      71      3      3     20    1
Total      13    47    1,841     39.2      71      3      3     22    1




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                      80 masonBURKS                                                                 11 keganCOLEMAN
                      Tight End                                                                     Running Back
                      6-1 * 271 * Freshman-Rs                                                        5-8 * 195 * Junior-2L
                      St. Louis, Missouri                                                            Lee’s Summit, Missouri
                      Parkway North High School                                                      Lee’s Summit N. High School

A versatile athlete, he will battle for playing time at tight end after a      ** 2002 First-Team All-MIAA Running Back **
stellar high school athletic career at Parkway North High School in St.
Louis, Mo. . . redshirted in 2002.
                                                                                         ** First-Team All-Region **
In high school: Earned second-team All-Suburban South Conference                     ** Daktronics, D2Football.com, and
honors as a senior for head coach Bob Bunton . . . also lettered in                    Football Gazette All-American **
basketball and volleyball . . . was an all-conference and all-state pick in
volleyball after helping Parkway North to a pair of state championships.
                                                                               ** DOPKE.com MIAA Performer of the Year **
Personal: Business major . . . born March 28, 1984 . . . son of Mason         ** 2003 Street & Smiths Preseason All-American**
Burks and under the guardianship of Cecile Burks.                               ** Football Gazette Preseason All-American **
                                                                              One of the top returning players in NCAA Division II, he will be
                                                                              counted on to head up Central’s ground attack with redshirt junior Lee
                      82 robbieCAMPBELL                                       Thompson . . . has great quickness and speed, and worked hard in the
                                                                              off-season training program to increase size and strength.
                      Punter                                                  As a sophomore: A unanimous first-team MIAA selection after leading
                      5-11 * 194 * Freshman-Rs                                the league in rushing and
                                                                              scoring, and finishing
                      Platte City, Missouri                                   third in the MIAA in all-
                      Platte County R-III High School                         purpose yards . . . earned
                                                                              Football Gazette a n d
                                                                              Daktronics second-team
Slated for reserve duty as the Mules’ punter this season . . . made the
                                                                              All-America            and
team as a walk-on last fall, and worked hard throughout the off-season
                                                                              honorable        mention
to develop his skills.
                                                                              D2Football.com All-
In high school: Joined the Mules from Platte County R-III High
                                                                              America honors . . . also
School, where he was a two-time all-conference selection (as a punter in
                                                                              named DOPKE.com
2000 and as a quarterback in 2001) . . . played quarterback in the
                                                                              MIAA performer of the
Missouri All-Star Game, and also was a two-time all-state wrestler . . .
                                                                              year . . . earned MIAA
helped lead coach Chip Sherman’s football team to a pair of state
                                                                              player of the week
championships, and the wrestling squad to three championships.
                                                                              honors three times . . .
Personal: Elementary Education major . . . born June 4, 1983 . . . son of
                                                                              rushed for 1,379 yards
Richard and Rhonda Campbell.
                                                                              (the third best single-
                                                                              season mark in school
                                                                              history) on 262 carries
                      3 coreyCHATMAN                                          with 22 touchdowns . . .
                                                                              his 144 points set a new
                      Cornerback                                              school record, as did his
                      5-10 * 162 * Junior-Tr                                  22 rushing touchdowns Kegan Coleman had a career-year for the Mules
                                                                              and 24 total TDs . . .        in 2002 with 24 touchdowns and almost 1,800 all-
                      Tustin, California                                      rushed for five 100-plus purpose yards.
                      Santa Anna College                                      games and two games
                                                                              more than 200 – 47 carries for 271 yards at Southwest Baptist, 233 yards
                                                                              on 33 carries against Missouri Western . . . gained a total of 147 yards
Joined the Mules last spring after two years at Santa Anna College . . .
                                                                              on 13 catches with one touchdown . . . had four of those catches for 85
will compete for playing time on special teams and in the defensive
                                                                              yards against Truman . . . also tallied 205 yards on kick returns . . .
secondary this fall.
                                                                              moved into third place in school history in career scoring with 204
At Santa Anna: Played two seasons for head coach Groff Jones at
                                                                              points, and took over fifth place in career rushing with 2,013 yards.
Santa Anna.
                                                                              As a freshman: Finished second in the MIAA in kickoff return average
In high school: Lettered as a defensive back at Tustin (Calif.) High
                                                                              and 10th in all-purpose yards . . . rushed for more than 100 yards three
School . . . competed for head coach Myron Miller.
                                                                              times – 157 vs. Emporia State, 102 vs. Minnesota-Duluth, and 100 vs.
Personal: Elementary Education major . . . born April 11, 1982 . . . son
                                                                              Missouri Western . . . also had two receptions (both for touchdowns) for
of Charles Chatman.
                                                                              81 yards vs. Washburn, and six receptions for 44 yards vs. Pittsburg
                                                                              State.



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In high school: Rushed for 1,722 yards with 23 touchdowns as a senior
for head coach Harold Wambsgans at Lee’s Summit North High School                                         15 jeremyDENNISON
. . . a second-team all-metro selection following his senior campaign, he                                  Cornerback
played in the Missouri-Kansas All-State Game.
Personal: Communications major . . . born April 16, 1982 . . . son of                                      5-10 * 187 * Junior-Tr
Francena Thomas and Theodore Coleman.                                                                      Santa Maria, California
                       Career Statistics at Central
Rushing        G        Att.    Gain       Loss       Net      Avg.    TD    LR
                                                                                                           West Texas A&M University
2001           12       112       679        45       634       5.7      8    68
2002           12       262     1,484       105     1,379       5.3     22    60   Came to the Mules during the spring season from West Texas A&M
Totals         24       374     2,163       150     2,013       5.4     30    68   University, where he attended school in 2001-02 . . . enjoyed a solid
                                                                                   spring, and will compete for a starting nod at cornerback . . . also saw
Receiving       G        No. Yards          Avg.       TD        LR
2001           12          20      185        9.2        2        43               time at Allan Hancock College after enjoying a stellar prep career.
2002           12          13      147      11.3         1        52               In high school: Earned all-county, All-CIF, all-area, and all-state for
Totals         23          33      332      10.0         3        52               head coach John Huss at Arrayo Grande High School . . . helped Arrayo
Misc. Stats:   22 kickoff returns, 615 yards, 28.0 average, 1 TD                   Grande to back-to-back conference championships.
                3 punt returns, 32 yards, 10.7 average                             Personal: Business Management major . . . born July 6, 1981 . . . son of
                                                                                   David and Carolyn Denison . . . cousin of Houston Texans quarterback
                                                                                   David Carr.
                          19 jimmyCONNER
                          Wide Receiver                                                                   33 kyleDUBRAY
                         5-9 * 167 * Junior-Rs
                                                                                                          Linebacker
                         Phoenix, Arizona
                                                                                                          6-2 * 236 * Freshman-Rs
                         Phoenix College
                                                                                                          Drexel, Missouri
A talented returnee who will battle for a starting nod this season at one                                 Miami R-I High School
of the wide receiver positions . . . has good hands and speed, and runs
crisp routes . . . redshirted last season after transferring from Phoenix          Redshirted last season while making the adjustment to the college game
(Ariz.) College.                                                                   . . . an excellent athlete, he is expected to compete for playing time at
At Phoenix: Earned honorable mention all-conference honors for head                weakside linebacker and on special teams this fall.
coach Gary Cook as a freshman and sophomore.                                       In high school: Earned all-state honors at both running back and
In high school: Was an all-conference, all-district, and all-state pick for        linebacker for head coach Scott Bailey at Miami R-I High School in
head coach Mike Brown at Greenway High School . . . added letters in               Amort, Mo.
baseball, where he helped Greenway to a conference championship as a               Personal: Physical Education major . . . born March 9, 1984 . . . son of
senior, and to the state tournament his last two seasons.                          Danny and Kathy Dubray.
Personal: Secondary Education major . . . born April 28, 1980 . . . son
of Patty Jachino and Dean Conner.

                                                                                                          65 jeffEDWARDS
                           5 arielCOWAN                                                                   Offensive Line
                           Strong Safety                                                                  6-3 * 281 * Sophomore-1L
                                                                                                          Lee’s Summit, Missouri
                          5-11 * 207 * Junior-Tr
                                                                                                          Lee’s Summit High School
                          Hacienda Heights, Calif.
                          Cerritos College                                         A talented youngster who brings good size to the Mules’ offensive line
                                                                                   . . . his is slated for reserve duty at center again this fall after earning a
Came to the Mules in the spring from Cerritos College . . . had a solid            letter last season and redshirting in 2001.
campaign, and will compete for a starting nod this fall.                           As a freshman: Appeared in seven games for the Mules . . . saw his
At Cerritos: A two-time all-conference pick for head coach Frank                   most extensive play early in the season.
Mozzota.                                                                           In high school: Earned all-conference honors as a senior for head coach
In high school: A two-sport athlete at Glen A Wilson High School,                  Chris Barrows at Lee’s Summit High School . . . lettered as a
competing in football and track & field . . . earned all-conference and            sophomore, junior, and senior . . . also earned all-conference honors in
All-Valley honors for head coach Dave Merrill.                                     track & field for his efforts in the discus.
Personal: Business Administration major . . . born April 14, 1980 . . .            P e r s o n a l : Art major with a 3.66 grade-point average. . . born
son of Hylton and Sally Jackson.                                                   November 2, 1982 . . . son of Craig and Diana Edwards.




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                        72 jayFLEEMAN                                            In high school: Earned all-conference, all-district, and all-state honors
                                                                                 for head coach Brent Eckley at Montgomery County R-II High School
                        Offensive Line                                           . . . also played in the Lions’ Club All-Star Game following his senior
                                                                                 year, and added letters in basketball.
                       6-5 * 310 * Junior-2L                                     Redshirted last season
                       Pleasant Hill, Missouri                                   Personal: Undecided on a major . . . born December 5, 1983 . . . son of
                                                                                 Fred and Audrey Graves.
                       Pleasant Hill High School

A two-year starter for the Mules, he is expected to start move from right
tackle to the left side this fall . . . has excellent size and strength, and                            90 roderickGREEN
will be counted on to anchor the offensive line . . . redshirted as a true
freshman in 2000.
                                                                                                        Defensive End
As a Sophomore: Started all 12 games at right tackle . . . helped the                                  6-2 * 243 * Senior-1L
Mules’ finish first in the conference in scoring offense, while cranking                               Brenham, Texas
out 183.1 yards per game rushing and 226 yards per outing through the
air . . . also made significant gains in the weight room, as he put up 260
                                                                                                       Blinn Community College
pounds in the behind-the-neck press, good for third on the Mules’ all-
time list.                                                                         ** 2002 First-Team All-MIAA Defensive Lineman **
As a freshman: Appeared in 10 games, making four starts . . . appeared
with the starting unit vs. Lincoln, Ottawa, Emporia State, and Missouri-
                                                                                              ** First-Team All-Region **
Rolla . . . was a key reason the Mules finished second in the MIAA in            ** D2Football.com & Associated Press All-American **
scoring offense with 38.2 points while averaging 399.4 yards of total                ** Football Gazette Preseason All-American **
offense per game.                                                                Returning starter at the “hammer” defensive end position for the Mules
In high school: Earned all-conference and all-district football honors           . . . made an immediate impact after transferring to Central from Blinn
on offense and defense for head coach Kyle Roach at Pleasant Hill High           Community College . . . already has turned heads among NFL scouts, as
School as a senior . . . also lettered in track & field at Pleasant Hill . . .   he is the only NCAA Division II player listed among the top 40 college
played in the 2000 Lion’s Club All-Star football game.                           prospects as selected by the National Football Scouting Service.
Personal: Physical Education major . . . born March 17, 1982 . . . son of         As a junior: Named to the Associated Press Little All-America third-
John and Glenna Fleeman.                                                         team . . . also was an honorable mention member of the D2Football.com
                                                                                 All-America team . . . a unanimous first-team All-MIAA selection, he
                                                                                 added Football Gazette and Daktronics Division II All-Region first-team
                         54 darrylGRACE                                          honors . . . named MIAA player of the week in November . . . finished
                                                                                 the season with 51 tackles, 31 primary hits and 20 assists in all 12 of the
                         Offensive Line                                          Mules’ games . . . accounted for 19 tackles for a loss of 84 yards . . . had
                                                                                 a season-high of seven tackles, four solo stops against Emporia State . . .
                         6-2 * 292 * Sophomore-Tr                                added six sacks for loss of 46 yards, including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 21
                         Captain Cook, Hawaii                                    yards against Truman . . . recovered two fumbles and forced one in the
                         Gavilan Community College                               second half of the
                                                                                 season . . . one
                                                                                 broken up pass in
Earned a starting nod at right tackle with a superb spring after                 season opener
transferring to Central from Gavilan College . . . has good size and             against Lincoln
quickness.                                                                       . . . ranked second
At Gavilan: Lettered as a freshman for head coach John Lango . . .               in conference in
earned all-conference honors as an offensive lineman.                            tackles for loss
In high school: Attended Konawaena High School, where he played for              and fourth in
Roy Aukai . . . earned first-team all-league honors as a junior and senior.      sacks . . . an
Personal: Aviation major witha 3.54 GPA . . . November 6, 1983 . . .             impressive
son of Darryl and Leona Grace.                                                   combination of
                                                                                 strength          and
                                                                                 speed, he holds
                       37 justinGRAVES                                           the CMSU all-
                                                                                 time record in
                       Wide Receiver                                             power cleans,
                       6-0 * 196 * Freshman-Rs                                   putting up 350
                       Montgomery City, Missouri                                 pounds . . . eighth
                                                                                 in 40 yard dash
                       Montgomery County R-II H.S.                               . . . also is sixth in
                                                                                 the broad jump
A reserve wide receiver last season who redshirted while adjusting to the        and third in the
college game . . . made the team as a walk-on . . . he is expected to serve                             An All-American for the Mules last season, Roderick
                                                                                 vertical jump.         Green is a rare combination of power and speed.
in a reserve capacity again this fall.

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At Blinn: Earned all-conference and All-America honors as a defensive
tackle for head coach Everett Todd.                                                                 24 andyHODGES
In high school: Was a standout in football and basketball at Brenham                                Strong Safety
High School . . . earned all-conference honors as a senior at defensive
tackle, and lettered three years on the gridiron.                                                  5-9 * 185 * Sophomore-1L
Personal: Physical Education major . . . born April 26, 1982 . . . son of                          Baytown, Texas
Charles and Shirley Green.                                                                         Lee High School
                        Career Statistics at Central
Defensive   G     UT AT TOT     TFL        FF    FR    Int.   PBU Sacks
2002        12     31 20  51 19-(-84)       1     2    0-0      1 6-46       penciled in as the starter at bandit when camp opens this fall . . . after
                                                                             redshirting in 2001, he played a key role in the Mules’ kicking game last
                                                                             fall and also performed solidly as a reserve defensive back.
                                                                             As a freshman: Played in nine games last season . . . had two kick
                       84 micahHEFNER                                        returns for 19 yards against Missouri-Rolla . . . notched 12 tackles, eight
                                                                             solo . . . recorded his first career sack against Washburn . . . posted five
                       Wide Receiver                                         tackles on special teams, including three solo.
                                                                             In high school: Graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in
                       5-11 * 175 * Junior-Tr                                Baytown, Texas . . . earned three letters for head coach Dick Olin, and
                       Grain Valley, Missouri                                was a two time all-district selection . . . earned Defensive Player of the
                       Central Methodist College                             Year honors as a senior.
                                                                             Personal: Undecided on a major, but maintains a 3.09 grade-point
                                                                             average . . . born February 2, 1982 . . . son of Clayton and Audrey
Joined the Mules in the spring after transferring from Central Methodist     Hodges.
College . . . showed solid ability and adjusted well to the system . . .                             Career Statistics at Central
should battle for playing time at wide receiver and on special teams.        Defensive   G    UT AT TOT            TFL     FF   FR    Int.   PBU Sacks
At Central Methodist: Redshirted one season and then saw action the          2002        9     8  4   12          1-(-6)    0    0      0      0   1-6
past two years for the Eagles.
In high school: Competed for Buddy Young at Blue Springs South
High School . . . earned three letters, and was twice named all-
conference, all-district, and all-area.
                                                                                                    10 mattHUDSON
Personal: Construction Management major . . . born November 2, 1981                                 Wide Receiver
. . . son of John and Vicki Hefner . . . brother-in-law of Vancouver
Canucks goalie Peter Skudra.                                                                       6-1 * 207 * Sophomore-Rs
                                                                                                   Highlands Ranch, Colorado
                                                                                                   Adams State College
                       13 jamisonHEISKELL
                                                                             Moved to wide receiver in the spring after playing quarterback last fall,
                       Wide Receiver                                         he will contend for playing time in 2003. . . redshirted last season as a
                       5-9 * 165 * Junior-Tr                                 transfer after originally enrolling at Adams State College in Alamosa,
                                                                             Colo.
                       Dallas, Texas
                                                                             At Adams State: He was enrolled at Adams State for three terms, and
                       Cisco Junior College                                  saw action in 10 games in 1999 . . . completed 6-of-15 passes for 118
                                                                             yards and two touchdowns, and gained 17 yards on two carries.
Earned a starting nod at wide receiver with a stellar performance in the     In high school: Lettered three seasons in football and twice each in
spring . . . transferred to Central from Cisco Junior College . . . has      basketball and track for Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High School . . .
speed, quickness, and hands necessary to excel in Chris Klenakis’ ball-      earned all-conference and all-state honors for coach Chuck Puga, and
control offense.                                                             represented Highlands Ranch in the Colorado All-State Game.
At Cisco: Lettered as a wide receiver for head coach Kirk Nichos . . .       Personal: Marketing major with a 3.32 grade-point average . . . born
earned all-conference honors last fall.                                      June 30, 1980 . . . son of Jim and Bonnie Hudson.
In high school: Graduated from Wilmer-Hutchins High School . . .
lettered for Mike Roberson in football, and also earned letters in track &
field and basketball.                                                                               64 justinISHMAEL
Personal: Physical Education major . . . born May 3, 1983 . . . son of
Daphne Heiskell.                                                                                    Offensive Lineman
                                                                                                   6-2 * 271 * Freshman-Rs
                                                                                                   Bonner Springs, Kansas
                                                                                                   Basehor-Linwood High School
                                                                             Redshirted last season while making the transition to the college game
                                                                             . . . he has good size and strength, and will contend for playing time at
                                                                             right guard this fall.

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In high school: Earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior,
and all-state and All-Kansan honors his final season for head coach Paul
                                                                                                       67 jonLINDQUIST
Brown at Basehor-Linwood High School . . . played in the KCFCA All-                                    Offensive Line
Star game following his senior campaign . . . lettered three years each in
football and track & field.                                                                             6-2 * 271 * Sophomore-1L
Redshirted last season                                                                                  Jefferson City, Missouri
P e r s o n a l : Communications major who boasts a 3.55 grade-point                                    Jefferson City High School
average . . . born April 26, 1984 . . . son of Spencer and Laurie Ishmael.
                                                                                Scheduled to be the Mules’ starter at right guard, he gained valuable
                                                                                experience last season in a reserve capacity . . . worked hard in the off-
                        27 colinJOHNSON                                         season to add size and strength for the rigors of starting in the MIAA.
                                                                                As a freshman: Lettered in 2002 as a redshirt freshman while serving
                        Free Safety                                             as a reserve on the offensive front line.
                        5-9 * 183 * Senior-Tr                                   In high school: Graduated from Jefferson City High School, where he
                                                                                lettered three years for head coach Ron Cole . . . earned all-district
                        Oklahoma City, Oklahoma                                 honors as a junior and senior, and was all-area in his final prep campaign
                        Southwest Missouri State Univ.                          . . . helped the Jays to a pair of conference championships and to a state
                                                                                title as a sophomore . . . also lettered in track & field three times, earning
Is expected to compete for a starting nod at free safety after excelling the    district champion honors as a junior and senior and state champion
past two years at Southwest Missouri State University . . . has excellent       honors as a senior in the throws.
range and a reputation as a sure tackler . . . actually graduated from          Personal: Undecided on a major, but boasts a 3.07 grade-point average
SMSU last year, but could come to an NCAA-II school to complete his             . . . born March 18, 1983 . . . son of Jon and Sandi Lindquist.
eligibility on the field.
At SMSU: Started two seasons for the Bears of head coach Randy Ball
. . . finished his career at Southwest Missouri State with 179 total                                   88 tedMAXWELL
tackles, four interceptions, eight pass breakups, and three forced fumbles
. . . exhausted his eligibility via semesters at a D-I school, but per NCAA                            Tight End
guidelines, can play his fourth season at the D-II level.                                              6-4 * 251 * Sophomore-Sq
At NEO A&M: Earned all-conference honors as a redshirt freshman
for the Norsemen when he helped NEO to the Red River Bowl . . .                                        Kansas City, Missouri
redshirted one season and missed another due to injury.                                                North Kansas City High School
In high school: A four-year letterman for Oklahoma City’s Classen
High School . . . earned all-city, all-district, and all-state honors as a      Saw limited action for the Mules in 2002 as a reserve tight end and on
senior . . . also lettered four years in basketball, earning all-district and   special teams, but is slated to play a much greater role in Central’s new
all-city kudos his final season.                                                offense . . . bulked up in the off-season strength and conditioning
Personal: Criminal Justice major . . . born February 29, 1980 . . . son of      program, and is now among the Mules’ strongest players.
William and Lawanda Johnson.                                                    As a freshman: Saw action in four contests . . . caught one pass for 15
                                                                                yards with a touchdown against Washburn off a fake field goal . . .
                                                                                moved up to eighth in power cleans in the Central Missouri State all-
                       58 chaseKENNEDY                                          time record book last spring with an effort of 330 pounds . . . redshirted
                                                                                in 2001.
                       Defensive End                                            In high school: Lettered in football, basketball, and track for North
                                                                                Kansas City High School . . . earned all-conference honors at free safety
                       6-1 * 257 * Sophomore-Sq                                 as a junior and senior for head coach Derek Howard . . . was selected to
                       Dexter, Missouri                                         play in the Mo-Kan All-Star Game following his senior campaign.
                       Dexter, High School                                      Personal: Mass Communications major . . . born July 8, 1982 . . . son
                                                                                of Dean and Kathy Maxwell.
                                                                                                       Career Statistics at Central
A returning squad member who saw limited action for the Mules in 2002
                                                                                Receiving    G        No.   Yards       Avg.      TD        LR
while serving a valuable role on the scout teams . . . he will again battle
                                                                                2002         4         1       15       15.0       1         15
for playing time while providing depth on the defensive line.
As a freshman: Saw playing time in the home opener against Sterling
College . . . redshirted in 2000, and did not see any action in 2001.
In high school: Lettered three years in football for head coach Aaron
Pixley at Dexter High School . . . earned all-conference, all-district, and
all-state honors as a junior and senior.
Personal: Construction Management major . . . born February 18, 1983
. . . son of Joe and Darla Kennedy.




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                                                                                    Sczcygiel . . . also was an all-district and all-metro selection on the
                         83 jaredMcGINLEY                                           gridiron . . . added all-state honors in track & field by placing sixth in
                         Wide Receiver                                              the shot put and second on the 400-meter relay team.
                                                                                    Personal: Physical Education major . . . born December 18, 1979 . . .
                         5-11 * 180 * Freshman-HS                                   son of Cheryl McPherson . . . he and his wife, Kristin, have two sons,
                         Albany, Missouri                                           Jahron (5) and Jaylyn (3).
                                                                                                           Career Statistics at Central
                         Albany R-III High School                                   Defensive   G    UT AT TOT           TFL     FF   FR    Int.   PBU Sacks
                                                                                    2002        11    47 13  60         2-(-4)    0    0   2-62      5   0-0
A young receiver who joined the Mules in the spring . . . enjoyed an
award-studded prep career at Albany High School . . . will battle for
playing time as a freshman this fall.
In high school: Lettered all four years in football, basketball, and track
                                                                                                          91 kyleMOLES
at Albany High . . . earned all-conference honors three times, and all-                                   Defensive End
district and all-state kudos as a senior for head coach Jim Brothe on the
gridiron . . . also was all state in track and all-district in basketball.                                6-5 * 265 * Freshman-Rs
Personal: Physical Education major . . . born November 7, 1983 . . .                                      Harrisonville, Missouri
son of Robert and Dixie McGinley.                                                                         Harrisonville High School

                                                                                    Expected to serve in a reserve capacity at the defensive end position, he
                        1 johnMcPHERSON                                             redshirted in 2002 . . . gained valuable experience on the scout teams,
                                                                                    and should be ready to make a contribution on the field this fall.
                        Cornerback                                                  In high school: Earned all-conference honors for head coach Tim Dade
                        5-8 * 192 * Junior-1L                                       as a junior and senior at Harrisonville (Mo.) High School . . . a talented
                                                                                    all-around athlete, he also lettered in basketball and track.
                        Kansas City, Missouri
                                                                                    P e r s o n a l : Finance major . . . born April 27, 1984 . . . under the
                        University of Missouri                                      guardianship of his aunt and uncle, Ronald and Karen Bryant.

       ** 2002 HM All-MIAA Defensive Back **
A key returnee for the Mules who transferred to Central and made an                                       35 kellenNESBITT
immediate impact at cornerback and in the kicking game . . . he will be
expected to hold down one corner position and also serve on the                                           Free Safety
coverage teams and as a kick returner.                                                                    6-0 * 186 * Freshman-Rs
As a sophomore: An honorable mention All-MIAA selection, despite
not starting . . . saw action in all but one game, tallying 60 tackles--47
                                                                                                          Columbia, Missouri
solo stops and 13 assists . . . led the Mules with 14 special teams tackles                               Hickman High School
. . . had 10 tackles, eight solo at Pittsburg State to help the Mules reach
the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history . . . had two                Redshirted in 2002, but is expected to battle for starting nod at free
interceptions for 62 yards and added five pass breakups . . . ranks third           safety this fall . . . worked hard to make the adjustment to the college
in the 40 yard                                                                      game last season . . . a coaches son, he also brings a football mind to
dash in CMSU’s                                                                      Central’s lineup.
all-time record                                                                     In high school: Earned all-district and all-area honors as a junior and
book and second                                                                     senior, and all-state honors his final campaign at Hickman High School
in the broad                                                                        in Columbia, Mo. . . helped the squad reach the state quarterfinals his
jump.                                                                               junior year . . . lettered three years in football and two in baseball.
At Missouri:                                                                        Personal: Physical Education major . . . born January 27, 1984 . . . son
Named Special                                                                       of Greg and Jackie Nesbitt . . . his father was his head coach at Hickman
Teams Player of                                                                     High School
the Year for the
Tigers in 1999
while serving as
a reserve in the
                                                                                                          63 leePALELEI
secondary.                                                                                                Offensive Line
In high school:
Earned all-state                                                                                          6-4 * 277 * Freshman-Rs
honors as a                                                                                               Blue Springs, Missouri
junior and senior                                                                                         Blue Springs High School
at Schlagle High
School in Kansas
                                                                                    Another redshirt from 2002, he comes from a highly successful prep
City, where he
                       Where ever the ball was, there too was John McPherson        program and will compete for playing time this fall while again learning
played for head        in 2002. He was fifth on the team in tackles and fourth in   from the Mules’ veterans.
coach        Steve     passes defensed.

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In high school: Earned a pair of letters in football and two more in            As a sophomore: Saw action on special teams against Sterling College
basketball at Blue Springs High School . . . helped head coach Kelly            in the Mules’ 2002 home opener.
Donohoe’s football squad to a state championship in 2001.                       As a freshman: Saw action in seven games on special teams . . .
Personal: Finance major . . . born May 25, 1984 . . . son of Jack and           registered one tackle . . . also appeared in the Mules’ Mineral Water
Nva Palelei.                                                                    Bowl game against Minnesota-Duluth . . . redshirted as a true freshman
                                                                                in 2000.
                                                                                In high school: Enjoyed a standout football career at California High
                                                                                School . . . he was a first-team all-state selection as a center his senior
                       26 dustinPATTON                                          year, and was a first-team all-conference and all-district selection as a
                       Running Back                                             junior & senior . . . played center in the Missouri All-Star Football Game
                                                                                following his senior campaign.
                       6-0 * 202 * Sophomore-Sq                                 Personal: Undecided on major . . . born April 4, 1982 . . . son of David
                       Reeds Spring, Missouri                                   Potter and Letha Carlson.
                                                                                                        Career Statistics at Central
                       Reeds Springs High School                                Defensive   G    UT AT TOT           TFL    FF   FR     Int.   PBU Sacks
                                                                                2001        8     1  0   1            0-0    0    0     0-0      0   0-0
A returning squad member who saw limited playing time in 2001, but              2002        1     0  0   0            0-0    0    0     0-0      0   0-0
caught the eye of the Mules’ coaches with his tenacity and solid play on        Totals      9     1  0   1            0-0    0    0     0-0      0   0-0
scout teams in spring drills . . . he will be expected to play a greater role
on special teams on offense this fall.
As a freshman: Saw limited playing time on special teams and in the
backfield last season . . . redshirted in 2001.                                                       16 gregRACE
In high school: Lettered three seasons in football for head coach Aaron
Wells at Reeds Spring . . . earned all-conference, all-district, all-area,
                                                                                                       Strong Safety
and All-Southwest Missouri Football Coaches Association honors as a                                    5-10 * 203 * Sophomore-Tr
junior and senior . . . also lettered three times in track, twice in                                   Warrensburg, Missouri
basketball, and once in baseball.
Personal: Physical Education major . . . born March 18, 1983 . . . son
                                                                                                       William Jewell College
of Dale and Debbie Patton.
                                                                                A local product who came home after a year at William Jewell College
                                                                                in Liberty, Mo. . . enjoyed a solid spring campaign after transferring to
                       21 davidPOOLMAN                                          Central . . . will battle for the starting nod at the bandit position.
                                                                                At William Jewell: Lettered as a freshman last fall for William Jewell
                       Strong Safety                                            . . . earned all-conference honors in his first collegiate campaign.
                                                                                In high school: Played for Shane Taylor at Warrensburg High.
                      5-11 * 200 * Freshman-Rs                                  Personal: Physics/Engineering major . . . born August 6, 1983 . . . son
                      Platte City, Missouri                                     of Gwenetter Grady.
                      Platte County High School

A redshirt cornerback last season, he will move to strong safety this fall                             9   jimmySANGSTER
and will for playing time . . . served a key role on the scout teams last
season while making the transition to the college game.                                                Quarterback
In high school: Earned all-conference, all-district, all-metro, and all-                               6-5 * 245 * Freshman-Rs
state honors for head coach Chip Sherman at Platte County (Mo.) High
School . . . helped lead Platte County to back-to-back undefeated state                                Atlanta, Missouri
championships in 2000 and 2001 . . . earned four letters each in football                              Macon High School
and track.
Personal: Criminal Justice major . . . born April 4, 1983 . . . son of Dan      Expected to battle for the starting nod at quarterback in 2003, he enjoyed
and Lynette Poolman.                                                            a solid spring campaign for the Mules . . . one of the largest quarterbacks
                                                                                ever to don the Cardinal & Black, he is mature and steady in the pocket
                                                                                and gives Central fans someone to look forward to in the coming
                      52 joePOTTER                                              seasons.
                                                                                In high school: Earned all-conference honors as a senior for head coach
                      Deep Snapper                                              Walt Thompson at Macon (Mo.) High School . . . also lettered in
                                                                                basketball, track, and cross country.
                       6-0 * 239 * Junior-1L                                    Personal: Undecided on a major . . . born January 30, 1984 . . . son of
                       California, Missouri                                     Ed Sangster and Cheryl Bennett.
                       California High School

A solid contributor on special teams, he will continue to battle for
playing time this fall . . . worked hard in the off-season and added much
needed size and strength to compete in 2003.

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                                                                               the NCAA Division II playoff game against Northern Colorado . . .
                       75 caseySHADEL                                          connected on three-of-six in field goals . . . longest kick was 27 yards
                       Deep Snapper                                            (twice, last vs. Truman) . . . named to the MIAA Commissioner’s
                                                                               Academic Honor Roll.
                      5-11 * 217 * Junior-2L                                   At Southwest Baptist: Lettered as a true freshman for Southwest
                      Lebanon, Missouri                                        Baptist . . . hit 5-of-8 field goals with a long of 39 yards, and 21-of-24
                                                                               extra points.
                      Lebanon High School
                                                                               In high school: Graduated from Oak Park High School in Kansas City,
                                                                               Mo. . . lettered three years in football for head coach Keith Ross, earning
A two-year starter at the ever-important long snappers position . . . is a     all-conference honors as a senior . . . also lettered three years in soccer.
cool and steady hand under pressure, and should hold down the position         Personal: Criminal Justice major with a 3.11 grade-point average . . .
again this fall.                                                               born May 9, 1982 . . . son of Bill and Vickie Starks.
Asa sophomore: Played in all but four games as the starting long                                       Career Statistics at Central
snapper and on the return teams . . . recorded two special teams tackles.      FIELD GOALS         FG-A Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49            50+   Lg Blk
As a freshman: Appeared in seven games for the Mules . . . redshirted          2002                 3-6 50.0 0-0   3-3   0-3   0-0             0-0   27   0
as a true freshman in 2000.                                                    PATs - 25-of-25, 100 percent
In high school: Graduated from Lebanon High School, where he
played for former Mules’ gridder Chuck Blair . . . earned a pair of letters
for the Yellowjackets as a deep snapper and lineman.                                                  51 danSTOOKEY
Personal: Undecided on major . . . born October 26, 1981 . . . son of
Rusty and Marcia Shadel.                                                                              Linebacker
                      Career Statistics at Central
Defensive   G     UT AT TOT          TFL     FF   FR     Int.   PBU Sacks
                                                                                                     6-1 * 237 * Sophomore-1L
2002        12     1  1   2           0-0     0    0     0-0      0   0-0                            Columbia, Missouri
                                                                                                     Hickman High School
                       7 mikeSPIEGEL                                           A returning letterwinner who made a solid contribution on special teams
                       Quarterback                                             and as a reserve linebacker in 2002 . . . he is expected to battle for
                                                                               playing time at strongside linebacker this fall.
                      6-1 * 195 * Freshman-Rs                                  As a freshman: Played in eight of the Mules’ 12 games . . . tallied for
                      Lee’s Summit, Missouri                                   nine tackles, one for a loss . . . best game was against Missouri-Rolla, as
                                                                               he racked up four tackles, two solo . . . redshirted in 2001.
                      Truman State University
                                                                               In high school: Lettered for head coach Gregg Nesbitt at Hickman
                                                                               High School in Columbia, Mo. . . earned all-area, all-district, and all-
Transferred to Central from MIAA-rival Truman State University last            state honors for the Kewpies.
fall . . . a smart and talented young player, he will be in a heated battle    P e r s o n a l : Graphic Arts major who maintains a 3.14 grade-point
for the starting nod at quarterback this season after having to sit out last   average . . . born October 3, 1982 . . . son of Dan and Rita Stookey.
year in accordance with MIAA transfer rules . . . was enjoying a solid                                  Career Statistics at Central
spring when a shoulder injury kept him out the second half of drills.          Defensive   G    UT AT TOT            TFL     FF   FR    Int.    PBU Sacks
In high school: Graduated from Lee’s Summit High School . . . lettered         2002        8     4  5   9           1-(-1)    0    0    0-0       0   0-0
three times for his father, head coach Mike Spiegel . . . earned honorable
mention all-conference honors as a junior and senior . . . also was
second-team all-area as a senior . . . added a pair of letters in basketball
and baseball . . . was first-team all-conference and second-team all-area                             6 keithSTOWERS
in basketball, and all-district, all-area, and all-conference in baseball.
Personal: Undecided on a major . . . born August 8, 1982 . . . son of
                                                                                                      Wide Receiver
Mike and Jean Spiegel.                                                                               6-2 * 195 * Junior-Sq
                                                                                                     St. Louis, Missouri
                                                                                                     Tyler Junior College
                       39 brandonSTARKS
                       Placekicker                                             Transferred to Central last season from Tyler (Texas) Junior College . . .
                                                                               saw limited action while working with the scout teams, but has
                      5-10 * 179 * Junior-1L                                   impressed the coaching staff with his hands, speed, and strength . . . he
                      Kansas City, Missouri                                    will battle for playing time at wide out this fall.
                                                                               As a sophomore: Saw action in six games.
                      Southwest Baptist University
                                                                               At Tyler: Lettered as a freshman . . . served as a reserve wide receiver
                                                                               for the conference champions.
Earned the starting nod at placekicker midway through the season and           In high school: Played his high school football at Parkway South High
performed well after having to sit out the 2001 campaign as a transfer         School in Ballwin, Mo. . . earned all-metro and all-conference honors
. . . came to the Mules from MIAA-rival Southwest Baptist University.          for head coach Tom Daily at Parkway South.
As a sophomore: Made a perfect 25-for-25 in extra points . . . went six-       Personal: Communications major . . . born June 26, 1981 . . . son of
for-six against Missouri Southern and four-for-four twice, including in        Orlando and Sherra Stowers.

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                                                                                 At Blinn: Lettered two seasons for head coach Everett Todd, earning
                       59 benSUTHERLIN                                           all-conference accolades.
                       Defensive End                                             In high school: Graduated from Ozen High School in Beaumont,
                                                                                 Texas, where he earned all-district honors for head coach Arthur Louis.
                       6-0 * 221 * Junior-2L                                     Personal: Business major . . . born September 9, 1981 . . . son of
                       Lenexa, Kansas                                            William and Rita Thibeaux.
                       Shawnee Mission West H.S.

Has seen limited action in a reserve role the past two seasons for the                                    2 leeTHOMPSON
Mules . . . a devoted team player, he continues to work hard, and will
serve in a similar capacity this fall.                                                                    Running Back
As a sophomore: Racked up nine tackles in four games . . . registered                                    5-8 * 202 * Junior-2L
three tackles for losses, including one sack . . . had three tackles in the                              Liberty, Missouri
home opener against Sterling . . . earned MIAA Commissioner’s
Academic Honor Roll honors.                                                                              Liberty High School
As a freshman: Appeared in three games, and made two tackles . . .
had a solo and an assist vs. Ottawa, with one sack and a forced fumble.          Returns to the Mules’ lineup after missing most of last season with a
In high school: Graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School,                 severe knee injury . . . sustained the injury in the first half of the third
where he was a second-team all-state selection for head coach Jon Krug           game of the season, and was awarded a medical hardship . . . gained 144
. . . also earned all-conference and All-Sun Country honors for the 2000         yards on just 23 carries with a pair of touchdowns on the year before the
conference champions . . . added letters in wrestling & baseball.                injury . . . worked hard on his rehabilitation and is back stronger than
Personal: Education major with a 3.10 grade-point average . . . born             ever to share the running load with Kegan Coleman . . . combines with
April 12, 1982 . . . son of Steve Sutherlin and Sarah Spencer.                   Coleman to give the Mules one of the best one-two punches in NCAA
                        Career Statistics at Central                             Division II.
Defensive   G     UT AT TOT           TFL     FF   FR     Int.   PBU Sacks       As a sophomore: Named first-team All-MIAA and second-team
2001        3      1  1    2         1-(-6)    1    0     0-0      0   1-6
                                                                                 Daktronics All-Region as a running back . . . tied Henry Caldwell’s
2002        4      8  1    9        3-(-17)    0    0     0-0      0   1-8
Totals      6      9  2   11        4-(-23)    1    0     0-0      0 2-14        school record for single-season scoring with 96 points on 16 touchdowns
                                                                                 (Caldwell set the mark in 1993) . . . also had the fifth-highest single-
                                                                                 season rushing total in CMSU history with 1,016 yards . . . ranked
                                                                                 second in the MIAA in scoring and third in rushing (second-highest
                        56 dewayneTATE                                           rushing total, third-highest per game average) . . . ran for more than 100
                                                                                 yards five times on the year . . . top game was 32 carries for 160 yards
                        Defensive Line                                           and three touchdowns vs. Truman . . . added 28 carries for 160 yards vs.
                        6-1 * 307 * Freshman-HS                                  Lincoln, and 19 carries for 128 yards and two scores vs. Missouri-Rolla.
                        Blue Springs, Missouri                                   As a freshman: Played in all but one game and started four . . . rushed
                                                                                 for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in his collegiate debut
                        University City High School                              vs. Winona State . . . had 113 yards and three TDs on 18 carries the
                                                                                 following week vs. Quincy . . . rushed for 100 yards on 29 carries vs.
Joined the Mules in the spring after sitting out the fall semester . . . has     Emporia State . . . redshirted as a true freshman in 1999.
excellent size for the defensive front . . . will battle for playing time this   In high school: Had an outstanding career at Liberty High School . . .
fall while continuting to make the adjustment to the college game.               as a senior, he rushed for 1,804 yards and scored 22 touchdowns . . .
In high school: Lettered in football and wrestling at University City            rushed for more than 6,000 yards and scored 80 TDs in his high school
High . . . played for head coach Lafayette Gatewood on the gridiron, and         career . . . a three-time all-state selection, he also lettered in track.
was a three-time all-conference pick . . . also helped lead the wrestling        Personal: Computer Information Systems major . . . born July 23, 1981
team to the state championship.                                                  . . . son of Lee and Karen Thompson.
Personal: Computer Science major . . . born February 5, 1984 . . . son                                    Career Statistics at Central
of DeWante and Connie Tate.                                                      Rushing       G        Att.    Gain       Loss       Net      Avg.     TD      LR
                                                                                 2000          10       144       667        10       657       4.6       6      45
                                                                                 2001          12       231     1,117        40     1,077       4.7      18      40
                                                                                 2002 *         3        23       144         0       144       6.3       2      15
                       99 wesleyTHIBEAUX                                         Totals        25       398     1,928        50     1,878       4.7      26      45

                                                                                 Receiving      G         No.     Yds.      Avg.        TD         LR
                        Defensive Tackle                                         2000           10          1       16       16.0         0         16
                        6-3 * 309 * Junior-Tr                                    2001           11         10       40        4.0         0         11
                                                                                 2002 *          3          1        -1      -1.0         0         -1
                        Beaumont, Texas                                          Totals         24         12       55        4.6         0         16
                        Blinn College                                            * - received a hardship season after being injured in the third game of 2002


A big, talented defensive lineman who earned the starting assignment at
defensive tackle with a solid spring campaign . . . transferred to Central
from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas . . . he will be counted on to
round out the Mules’ already solid front four.

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                      4 zachTHREADGILL                                        worked hard to gain size and strength, and is penciled in as the backup at
                                                                              noseguard entering fall camp.
                       Quarterback                                            As a freshman: Saw action in three games for the Mules . . . notched
                                                                              four tackles--two primary hits and two assists--for the season . . . also
                       6-2 * 211 * Senior-Tr                                  had two tackles for losses and a sack . . . had a pair of stops each against
                       Glendale, Arizona                                      Sterling and Missouri-Rolla . . . redshirted in 2001.
                                                                              In high school: Graduated from Farmington High School, where he
                       University of Nevada
                                                                              lettered for head coach Mike Thebeau . . . earned all-conference and all-
                                                                              district honors as a junior and senior . . . also lettered in track & field
Will compete for the starting nod under center this fall after a stellar      and wrestling.
career at the University of Nevada . . . has graduated from Nevada, but       Personal: Undecided on a major . . . born April 18, 1983 . . . son of
can complete his eligibility at an NCAA-II school, and chose Central          Virginia Botkin.
where he will again team up with offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis.                               Career Statistics at Central
At Nevada: Passed for 3,418 yards last fall while completing 61               Defensive   G     UT AT TOT            TFL     FF   FR     Int.   PBU Sacks
percent of his passes for 26 touchdowns and 17 interceptions . . .            2002        3      2  2   4           2-(-9)    0    0     0-0      0   1-9
touched BYU for 410 yards and four touchdowns, Rice for 408 yards
and four scores . . . threw for 801 yards and two scores in 2001 . . .
missed the 2000 season with a knee injury, but was not granted a
hardship season . . . saw action in two games in 1999 . . . redshirted in                             46 dannyTUTTLE
1998 . . . exhausted his eligibility via semesters at a D-I school, but per                           Defensive End
NCAA guidelines, can play his fourth season at the D-II level.
In high school: Earned three letters in both football and baseball at                                6-0 * 236 * Sophomore-1L
Apollo High School in Glendale, Ariz. . . earned all-region honors as                                California, Missouri
junior and senior, and all-state kudos as a senior when he was tabbed                                California High School
Northwest Valley Player of the Year . . . also was a two-time all-
conference pick on the baseball diamond.
Personal: Business major . . . born December 15, 1979 . . . son of Jim        Moved to defensive end from linebacker after a solid redshirt freshman
and Janet Threadgill.                                                         campaign . . . made the transition to the front line with a productive
                                                                              spring season, and will battle for playing time while providing valuable
                                                                              depth.
                                                                              As a freshman: Saw action in nine contests . . . registered 13 tackles,
                      18 marcusTHURMAN                                        including four solo stops and nine assists . . . added a forced fumble
                                                                              against Emporia State . . . tallied four tackles in the season opener at
                       Cornerback                                             Lincoln . . . redshirted in 2001.
                       5-9 * 187 * Junior-Rs                                  In high school: Graduated from a tradition-rich program at California
                       Avondale, Arizona                                      High School, where he lettered for head coach Gary Labuary . . . earned
                                                                              all-conference and all-district honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior
                       Weber State University                                 for the Pintos . . . helped lead California High to four conference and
                                                                              district championships, and to a state title in 1997.
Earned the starting nod at cornerback with a solid spring campaign . . .      Personal: Construction Management major . . . born October 7, 1982
transferred to the Mules at the semester from Weber State University . . .    . . . son of Richard and Cindy Tuttle.
not really big, but makes up for it with excellent quickness and speed.                               Career Statistics at Central
At Weber State: Earned a pair of letters at Weber State . . . named           Defensive   G     UT AT TOT            TFL     FF   FR     Int.   PBU Sacks
honorable mention All-Big Sky as a redshirt freshman.                         2002        9      4  9   13            0-0     1    0     0-0      0   0-0
In high school: Graduated from Desert Vista High School in Phoenix,
Ariz. . . first-team all-state and Arizona Defensive Back of the Year in
2000 for head coach Jim Rattay . . . returned four interceptions for                                  94 aaronURICH
touchdowns on the season.
Personal: Business major . . . born December 24, 1981 . . . son of                                    Defensive Line
Carnell Thurman and Teisha Woods.
                                                                                                     6-0 * 280 * Junior-2L
                                                                                                     Centertown, Missouri
                      50 travisTODD                                                                  California High School
                      Defensive Line                                          A returning at nose guard, he is a big, strong player who does a great job
                                                                              clogging the middle and keeping blockers from the Mules’ linebackers
                      6-2 * 264 * Sophomore-Sq
                                                                              . . . has good quickness for a player his size and is expected to step up
                      Farmington, Missouri                                    his game as a junior this fall.
                      Farmington High School                                  As a sophomore: Recorded 21 tackles in 11 games . . . had five tackles
                                                                              for a loss of 16 yards . . . tallied 1.5 sacks for a loss of 11 yards . . . his
                                                                              top statistical game came at Missouri Western, where he accounted for
A returning squad member who saw limited playing time last fall, but
                                                                              three tackles and a sack for a loss of eight yards . . . named to MIAA
will be counted on to provide depth to the defensive line this fall . . .
                                                                              Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll . . . moved up to the eighth on

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the Mules’ all-time squats list, putting up 575 pounds last spring . . . also
power cleaned 315 pounds.
                                                                                                            49 jasonVANLOO
As a freshman: Saw action in 12 contests (including the Mineral Water                                       Linebacker
Bowl) . . . registered 12 total tackles, three for losses . . . had three stops
vs. Washburn, two vs. Missouri Southern.                                                                    6-3 * 249 * Junior-1L
In high school: A two-time all-state football selection as a defensive                                      Jefferson City, Missouri
lineman for Gary Labuary at California High School . . . he was a                                           University of Missouri
member of California’s 1997 state championship team . . . also lettered
in track & field.
Personal: Computer Information Systems major with a 3.34 grade-                        ** 2002 Second-Team All-MIAA Linebacker **
point average . . . brother, Tim, is a senior with the Mules . . . born             A returning starter at strongside linebacker, he transferred to the Mules
February 9, 1982 . . . son of David and Jennifer Urich.                             last fall from the University of Missouri . . . made an immediate impact
                       Career Statistics at Central                                 on the squad and has received some pre-season notice from various
Defensive   G     UT AT TOT             TFL       FF    FR     Int.    PBU Sacks    college football publications . . . he will be counted on as a defensive
2001        12      6  7  13           3-(-3)      0     0     0-0       0    0-0
                                                                                    leader for the Cardinal & Black this fall.
2002        11      8 13  21          5-(-16)      0     0     0-0       0 1.5-11
                                                                                    As a sophomore: Second-team All-MIAA selection at linebacker . . .
Totals      23     14 20  34          8-(-19)      0     0     0-0       0 1.5-11
                                                                                    played in all 12 contests . . . racked up 79 tackles, 45 solo . . . registered
                                                                                    13 tackles for a loss of 30 yards to rank 10th in the MIAA . . . had three
                                                                                    games with double-digit tackles--13 tackles, at Pittsburg State; 11
                         14 gregVALENZUELA                                          tackles vs. Truman; and 10 stops vs. Washburn . . . two forced
                                                                                    fumbles . . . added an interception returned 24 yards for a touchdown
                         Quarterback                                                against Sterling
                                                                                    . . . also added
                         6-1 * 202 * Senior-1L                                      two pass break-
                         Pomona, California                                         ups.
                         Mt. San Antonio College                                    In high school:
                                                                                    Enjoyed a stellar
                                                                                    career at Helias
Transferred to Central from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut,
                                                                                    High School in
Calif., and performed admirably as the Mules’ backup quarterback . . .
                                                                                    Jefferson City,
showed some versatility as well, as he was called upon to punt in two
                                                                                    Mo. . . there he
games after starter Jason Brown went down with an ankle injury . . . he
                                                                                    was a two-time
will battle for the starting nod this season under center.
                                                                                    all-conference,
As a junior: Played in eight games for the Mules, connecting on
                                                                                    all-district, and
12-of-21 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns . . . his best game
                                                                                    a l l - s t a t e
came against Washburn, has he hit 5-of-7 for 106 yards and two
                                                                                    linebacker for
touchdowns . . . longest connection was for 45 yards against Missouri-
                                                                                    coaches Mike
Rolla . . . also punted 11 times with an average of 33.4 . . . had his best
                                                                                    Jeffries and Ray
kick of 48 yards at Pittsburg State to help the Mules reach the NCAA
                                                                                    Hentges . . .
Division II playoffs . . . also had two kicks inside the 20 yard line.
                                                                                    helped Helias to
At Mt. San Antonio: Lettered two season at Mt. SAC . . . earned all-
                                                                                    the     Missouri
conference and California Junior College All-State honors as a
                                                                                    Class 4A State         Jason Vanloo transferred to Central from the University of
sophomore.
                                                                                    Championship in        Missouri last season and tied for the team-lead with 79
In high school: Graduated from Charter Oak High School in Covina,
                                                                                    1998 and to a tackles, 13 for losses.
Calif. . . earned a pair of letters and was an all-conference and all-state
                                                                                    runner up finish
pick as a senior in 1999.
                                                                                    in 1999 . . . also lettered in wrestling, and was state champion at 215
Personal: History major . . . born February 25, 1982 . . . son of Richard
                                                                                    pounds his senior year.
and Denise Valenzuela.
                                                                                    Personal: Agriculture Business major . . . born April 20, 1982 . . . son
                         Career Statistics at Central
Passing G      Effic.    Att   Comp       Int       Pct      Yards      TD Long     of Don and Debbie VanLoo.
2002    8     174.17      21     12         0      57.1        214       2   45                             Career Statistics at Central
                                                                                    Defensive   G     UT AT TOT     TFL             FF   FR      Int.   PBU Sacks
Rushing       G         Att.   Gain       Loss         Net     Avg.     TD    LR    2002        12     45 34  79 13-(-30)            2    1     1-24      3 0.5-2
2002          8           5       6         12          -6      -1.2     1     4

Punting     G     No.    Yards     Avg.         Long      TB    FC      I20 Blkd
2002        8      11      367     33.4           48       0     2        2    0




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                       61 andyVIEBROCK                                                                 62 joshWEAKLY
                       Offensive Line                                                                  Offensive Line
                      6-3 * 285 * Freshman-Rs                                                         6-1 * 321 * Senior-1L
                      Overland Park, Kansas                                                           Kansas City, Kansas
                      Olathe South High School                                                        Coffeyville Community College
Redshirted last season while making the transition to the college game,        The Mules’ returning starter at left guard, he combines power and
but is expected to compete for playing time at left tackle this season . . .   quickness on the offensive line . . . a 2002 transfer from Coffeyville
gives the Mules another talented big man on the offensive front.               ( K a n . ) Community College, he will be called upon to anchor the
In high school: Earned All-Sunflower League, All-Johnson County,               offensive line this fall.
all-metro, and All-Kansan football honors for head coach Mark Littrell         As a junior: Saw action in all but one game . . . helped the Mules’
at Olathe South High School in Olathe, Kan. . . played in the Mo-Kan           finish first in the conference in scoring offense, while cranking out 183.1
All-Star Game following his senior campaign . . . also lettered in             yards per game rushing and 226 yards per outing through the air.
baseball at Olathe South.                                                      At Coffeyville C.C.: Earned a pair of letters for the Coffeyville
Personal: Criminal Justice major . . . born April 10, 1984 . . . son of        Community College Ravens . . . played for Skip Foster and Jeff Leiter
Dave and Connie Viebrock.                                                      . . . earned first-team all-conference honors last fall for the Ravens.
                                                                               In high school: Lettered three years in football at Wyandotte High
                                                                               School in Kansas City, Kan. . . earned first-team All-Kansan honors on
                       70 richVILLIGRAM                                        offense and defense for coaches Robert Lee and Les Unruh . . . also was
                                                                               a three-time all-conference performer . . . added letters and all-
                       Offensive Line                                          conference honors in wrestling and in track.
                      6-5 * 317 * Sophomore-1L                                 Personal: Physical Education major . . . born June 8, 1982 . . . son of
                                                                               Herman and Anna Weakly.
                      St. Charles Missouri
                      St. Charles High School
A talented returnee who saw reserve duty on the offensive line during
                                                                                                       92 davidWILLIAMS
the 2002 season . . . worked hard in the off-season strength and                                       Defensive End
conditioning phase to add size and strength.
As a freshman: Lettered as a redshirt freshman while helping the                                      6-2 * 265 * Junior-2L
Mules’ finish first in the conference in scoring offense, while cranking                              Independence, Missouri
out 183.1 yards per game rushing and 226 yards per outing through the                                 Raytown High School
air . . . redshirted in 2001.
In high school: Graduated from St. Charles High School . . . lettered as
                                                                               A talented player who has served in a reserve role the past two seasons,
an offensive tackle for head coach Mike Throne at St. Charles, and
                                                                               he should battle for greater playing time this fall . . . he is slated for
earned all-conference honors . . . also lettered in track & field.
                                                                               back-up duty at defensive end and as a key contributor on special teams.
Personal: Physical Education major . . . born April 15, 1983 . . . son of
                                                                               As a sophomore: Registered nine tackles, four solo and five assists, in
Robert and Mary Villigram.
                                                                               seven games . . . had three tackles for a loss of 17 yards . . . added one
                                                                               pass break-up vs. Emporia State . . . had his best statistical game vs.
                                                                               Washburn, accounting for two primary hits and one sack for a loss of
                        60 chaseWARD                                           nine yards.
                                                                               As a freshman: Appeared in eight games during the regular season,
                        Offensive Line                                         registering six total tackles with three for losses . . . had a pair of tackles
                        6-2 * 305 * Junior-Tr                                  in the Mules’ Mineral Water Bowl victory over Minnesota-Duluth . . .
                        Tomball, Texas                                         redshirted as a true freshman in 2000.
                                                                               In high school: Graduated from Raytown High School . . . lettered two
                        Navarro College                                        times in football for head coach Pete Carpino and three times in
                                                                               basketball at Raytown High.
Penciled in as the Mules’ starting center after a stellar spring campaign      Personal: Safety major . . . born April 18, 1982 . . . son of Violet
. . . came to Central at semester from Navarro College . . . is a big body     Alexander.
with quick feet . . .put up 435 pound in the bench press and 585 pounds                                Career Statistics at Central
on the squats to go with 5.19 speed in the 40-yard dash.                       Defensive   G     UT AT TOT            TFL     FF   FR     Int.   PBU Sacks
At Navarro: Lettered two seasons for Navarro as an offensive center.           2001         9     4  4    8          3-(-3)    0    0       0      1    0-0
In high school: Earned three letters in football, two in track, and one in     2002         7     4  5    9         3-(-17)    0    0       0      1 1.5-15
                                                                               Totals      16     8  9   17         6-(-20)    0    0       0      2 1.5-15
wrestling at Klien Oak High School . . . earned all-conference kudos and
was tabbed as an All-American as a junior for Klein Oak High . . . was
selected to play in the Texas Blue-Chip All-Star game following his
senior campaign.
Personal: Elementary Education major . . . born August 19, 1983 . . .
son of Rick and Elizabeth Hill.

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                       55 jeremyWOODEN                                                                97 scottYOUNG
                       Defensive End                                                                  Tight End
                      6-2 * 265 * Senior-3L                                                          6-3 * 254 * Senior-2L
                      Columbia, Missouri                                                             Odessa, Missouri
                      Hickman High School                                                            Odessa High School
Slated to be the Mules opening day starter at defensive end after serving      A reserve the past three seasons, he is ready to be the Mules’ starter at
as a back up the past three years . . . added the size and strength in the     tight end this fall . . . a reliable and heady player, he will be counted on
off-season needed to endure the grind of playing in the MIAA, and is           to play a crucial role in Central’s new offensive scheme this season.
ready for a breakout year for the Cardinal & Black.                            As a junior: Played in all but one game . . . saw his most extensive
As a junior: Played in 11 games, racking up 28 tackles, including 13           playing time at tight end, as well as on special teams . . . caught two
solo stops and 15 assists . . . tallied eight tackles for a loss of 51 yards   passes for 31 yards including a 19-yard reception against Missouri
. . . added 3.5 sacks for a loss of 35 yards, ranking ninth in the MIAA        Southern . . . tacked on two special teams tackles, one each against
. . . had a huge game aginst Truman with four tackles, a sack for 12           Southwest Baptist and Northwest Missouri.
yards, and a forced fumble . . . added one pass break-up in the home           As a sophomore: Saw action in all 11 games (plus the Mineral Water
opener against Sterling . . . currently is eighth in behind-the-neck press     Bowl) . . . had four receptions for 26 yards and a score . . . grabbed a
on Central’s all-time record list.                                             pair of passes for Missouri-Rolla . . . touchdown came vs. Missouri
As a sophomore: Led the Mules and tied for fifth in the MIAA in sacks          Western.
with four . . . finished the season with 30 total tackles, eight tackles for   As a freshman: Appeared in four games as a reserve and on special
losses, and two forced fumbles . . . added seven tackles (four solo) vs.       teams . . . redshirted as a true freshman in 1999.
Minnesota-Duluth in the Mineral Water Bowl.                                    In high school: Graduated from Odessa High School . . . earned all-
As a freshman: Played linebacker for the Mules, but switched to                conference & all-district football honors . . . also lettered in basketball
defensive end in spring practice . . . played in all but one game as           for Odessa High.
reserve linebacker & on special teams . . . had 26 tackles, two fumble         Personal: Construction Management major . . . born July 8, 1981 . . .
recoveries . . . top game was 10 tackles vs. Missouri-Rolla . . . redshirted   son of Steve and Mary Young.
as a true freshman in 1999.                                                    Career Statistics at Central
In high school: Had a standout career at Hickman High School . . . a           Receiving   G         No.    Yds.     Avg.       TD       LR
two-year team captain, he earned all-state and honorable mention High          2001        11         4      26       6.5        1        18
School All-America honors as a senior . . . also lettered in basketball and    2002        11         2      31      15.5        0        19
wrestling at Hickman.                                                          Totals      22         6      57       9.5        1        19
Personal: Finance major . . . born August 14, 1980 . . . son of Kevin
and Susan Wooden . . . has a daughter, Audrey, now four.
                        Career Statistics at Central
Defensive   G     UT AT TOT       TFL        FF   FR     Int. PBU    Sacks
2000
2001
            10
            11
                   18  8
                   18 19
                          26       0-0
                          37 9-(-52)
                                              0
                                              2
                                                   2
                                                   2
                                                         0-0
                                                         0-0
                                                                1
                                                                0
                                                                        0-0
                                                                       4-38
                                                                                        2003 Mules Signees
2002        11     13 15  28 8-(-51)          1    0     0-0    1    3.5-35
Totals      31     49 42  91 17-(-103)        3    4     0-0    2    7.5-73    76 - Dan Allgeyer - OL
                                                                               6-4 * 260 * Freshman
                                                                               St. Louis, Missouri
                       57 mikeWRIGHT                                           Vianney High School
                       Linebacker                                              Head Coach: Gene Gladstone - a first-team All-Metro Catholic
                                                                               Conference and Academic All-Conference pick as a junior and senior,
                     5-11 * 232 * Sophomore-1L                                 he was named second-team 5A All-State last fall . . . also earned first-
                     Warrensburg, Missouri                                     team All-District and honorable mention All-Metro honors . . . lettered
                     Crest Ridge High School                                   three years and served as a team captain . . . his older brother, Kevin,
                                                                               played at Central Missouri State from 1987-89.
Lettered last fall for the Mules on defense and in the kicking game . . .
he will be expected to serve in a similar capacity this season.
As a freshman: Action on special teams and as a reserve linebacker
                                                                               42 - Julian Batts - LB
. . . accounted for a solo tackle in the home opener against Sterling . . .    6-1 * 215 * Freshman
redshirted in 2001.                                                            Parkville, Missouri
In high school: Graduated from Crest Ridge High School in
Centerview, Mo. . . lettered all four years for head coach Larry Mueller       Parkhill South High School
. . . earned first team all-conference honors as a senior linebacker, when     Head Coach: Ron Litchfield - lettered two years as a fullback and
he helped Crest Ridge to a conference championship . . . also lettered         linebacker for Parkhill South . . . earned second-team all-conference
four years in baseball.                                                        honors as a senior and was selected to represent Missouri in the Metro
Personal: Physical Education major with a 3.41 grade-point average             Challenge All-Star Game . . . also lettered in track & field as a shot
. . . born May 29, 1982 . . . son of James and Therye Wright.                  putter.

34                                                                              2003 Central Missouri State Mules Football
             Meet the 2003 Central Missouri State Mules

47 - Jesse Beck - DE                                                       Metro Challenge All-Star Football Game, sponsored by the Greater
                                                                           Kansas City Football Coaches Association.
6-5 * 235 * Freshman
Raymore, Missouri
Raymore-Peculiar High School                                               93 - Veantae Burnside - DE
Head Coach: Tom Kruse - started as a senior for Ray-Pec, finishing the     6-2 * 290 * Junior
season second on the team in sacks . . . named to the All-Conference
team following the season.
                                                                           Victorville, California
                                                                           Chaffey College
                                                                           Head Coach: Carl Beach - lettered two seasons at Chaffey College,
48 - Jon Books - DE/TE                                                     earning all-conference honors as a sophomore . . . helped lead Chaffey
                                                                           to a berth in the Southern California Verizon Bowl . . . graduated from
6-5 * 230 * Freshman                                                       Hesperia High School, where he lettered three seasons as a linebacker
Williamsburg, Missouri                                                     . . . was an all-conference pick for head coach Fred Bohm . . . earned
                                                                           league Defensive Most Valuable Player honors as a senior, and also
North Callaway High School                                                 lettered in basketball.
Head Coach: Mike Emmons - a four-year letterman who was named
second-team All-State as a defensive end following his senior campaign
. . . also earned first-team All-Conference and second-team All-District
honors while serving as a team captain . . . led North Callaway in sacks
                                                                           45 - Jacob Crider - DE/TE
(nine) and tackles for loss (14) and caught 27 passes for 479 yards and    6-2 * 225 * Freshman
nine touchdowns.
                                                                           Pleasant Hill, Missouri
                                                                           Pleasant Hill High School
32 - Jim Bouknight - RB                                                    Head Coach: Kyle Roach - a three-year letterwinner at Pleasant Hill
                                                                           High School, where he was a two-time all-conference pick as a tight end
5-11 * 180 * Freshman                                                      . . . also earned all-district honors as a senior defensive end . . . added a
Olathe, Kansas                                                             pair of letters in basketball and one in track & field.
Olathe North High School
Head Coach: Gene Weir - the all-time single-season rushing leader in
Olathe North history, he capped his prep career by rushing for 2,793
                                                                           77 - Tim Downs - OL
yards on 378 carries (7.4 yards per carry) with 34 touchdowns . . . a      6-7 * 325 * Freshman
first-team All-Metro and All-State pick, he was named to the Topeka
Capital Journal Top 11 Super Team, and was awarded the Simone
                                                                           St. Louis, Missouri
Award as the Big Class Player of the Year in the Kansas City area . . .    Lutheran North High School
played for the Kansas team in the Metro Challenge All-Star Football        Head Coach: Jim Manion - earned second-team Class 2A All-State and
Game.                                                                      All-Metro honors as a senior . . . a three-year starter as an offensive
                                                                           tackle and defensive lineman for Lutheran North, he also was a first-
                                                                           team All-ABC League selection.
78 - Jordon Bright – DL
6-5 * 240 * Freshman                                                       36 - Mark Duggan - WR/FS
Paris, Missouri                                                            6-1 * 190 * Freshman
Paris High School
Head Coach: Nile Thudium - lettered three years as a defensive lineman
                                                                           Sunrise Beach, Missouri
for Paris High School . . . also lettered in basketball for Paris High     Camdenton High School
School                                                                     Head Coach: Bob Shore - named Camdenton Lakers defensive Most
                                                                           Valuable Player following his senior season . . . a team captain, he was
                                                                           second-team All-State as a defensive back, and first-team All-Southwest
95 - Dallas Bryant - DE                                                    Missouri, All-Conference, and All-District as both a wide receiver and
                                                                           free safety.
6-4 * 235 * Freshman
Raymore, Missouri
Raymore-Peculiar High School                                               40 - Courtney Ford - LB
Head Coach: Tom Kruse - a three-year starter on the Panthers' defensive    6-2 * 215 * Freshman
line . . . set Ray-Pec's season and career records for sacks, and earned
first-team All-State honors . . . also earned Kansas City Star,
                                                                           St. Louis, Missouri
MetroSports, Channel 41, and Prep Football All-Metro honors, and was       Lutheran North High School
a finalist for the Buchanon Award, given to the Big Class Player of the    Head Coach: Jim Manion - a three-year letterwinner who served as a
Year in the Kansas City area . . . played for the Missouri team in the     team captain last season and was a first-team All-Conference pick.

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              Meet the 2003 Central Missouri State Mules

41 - Matt Frankel – PK                                                        85 - Jason McCartney - WR
5-10 * 170 * Freshman                                                         6-4 * 190 * Freshman
Overland Park, Kansas                                                         Columbia, Missouri
Shawnee Mission West High School                                              Rockbridge High School
Head Coach: Jon Krug - lettered all four years for Shawnee Mission            Head Coach: Barry Odom - earned All-Conference and Columbia
West High School . . . earned first-team Kansas Class 6A All-State, all-      Tribune All-Area team honors after catching 49 passes for 506 yards
metro, All-Johnson County, All-Sunflower League, and All-Sun County           and seven touchdowns last fall . . . a three-year letterwinner, he also
. . . also was selected to play in the Kansas-Missouri All-Star game . . .    starts on the Columbia Rockbridge basketball team.
played for the Kansas team in the Metro Challenge All-Star Football
Game, sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches
Association.                                                                  69 - Matt Oschner – OL
                                                                              6-5 * 260 * Freshman
22 - Monroe Hicks - RB/DB                                                     Lohman, Missouri
5-10 * 175 * Freshman                                                         Helias High School
                                                                              Head Coach: Mike Jeffries - lettered as a senior offensive lineman for
Cape Girardeau, Missouri                                                      Helias High School in his first season of organized football . . . also
Central High School                                                           lettered in wrestling.
Head Coach: Lawrence Brookins - named first-team All-State as a
running back as a junior and senior, and first-team All-Conference and
All-Region on both sides of the ball as a sophomore, junior, and senior       44 - Pete Person - LB
. . . capped his prep career by rushing for 1,587 yards and 20
touchdowns, catching 32 passes for 551 yards and five scores, and             6-1 * 215 * Freshman
making 75 tackles and five interceptions as a senior.                         St. Ann, Missouri
                                                                              Ritenour High School
                                                                              Head Coach: Rick Shelton - earned first-team 5A All-State honors after
66 - Todd Highfill - DL/OL                                                    claiming Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the Suburban North
6-4 * 270 * Freshman                                                          Conference . . . also named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro
                                                                              team, and served as a team captain.
Springfield, Missouri
Willard High School
Head Coach: Eric Ramsey - a team captain, he was named first-team             12 - Derek Rasmussen - QB
All-Conference and All-District as an offensive and defensive lineman
his junior and senior seasons, and first-team All-Southwest Missouri          6-4 * 200 * Freshman
Football Coaches Association as an offensive lineman his last two years.      Lee's Summit, Missouri
                                                                              Raymore-Peculiar High School
                                                                              Head Coach: Tom Kruse - boasted a 21-2 record as a two-year starter
29 - Roy Loren - SS/WR                                                        . . . named Suburban Conference Offensive Player of the Year last fall
6-1 * 185 * Freshman                                                          after breaking every school passing record, including single-season
                                                                              touchdown passes with 36, a mark that ranks third all-time in the state
Prairie Village, Kansas                                                       . . . earned first-team All-State honors by Associated Press and Football
Shawnee Mission East High School                                              Coaches Association . . . also was first-team All-Metro by MetroSports
Head Coach: Todd Dain - as a senior he caught 37 passes for 772 yards         and Prep Football, and was a Simone Award finalist for Big Class
and 10 touchdowns and was Shawnee Mission East's leading tackler              Player of the Year in Kansas City area . . . played for the Missouri team
with 110 stops (61 solo) . . . also had four interceptions (one for a         in the Metro Challenge All-Star Football Game, sponsored by the
touchdown) and seven pass breakups . . . earned All-Sunflower League          Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association.
and All-Sun County honors as both a wide receiver and defensive back
. . . was a Channel 41 All-Metro wide receiver and Kansas Class 6A All-
State defensive back . . . added Kansas City Star All-Johnson County          20 - Kendall Ricketts - FS
and All-Metro, and Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle honorable
mention All-State kudos . . . as a senior finished third in the state track   5-10 * 170 * Freshman
& field championships in both the 100- and 200-meter dash.                    Raytown, Missouri
                                                                              Raytown South High School
                                                                              Head Coach: David Allie - recorded 162 tackles and three interceptions,
                                                                              two of which he returned for touchdowns . . . was named first-team
                                                                              Independence Examiner All-Suburban Blue Conference and second-
                                                                              team All-Metro . . . played for the Missouri team in the Metro Challenge
                                                                              All-Star Football Game.

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              Meet the 2003 Central Missouri State Mules

71 - Kerry Rounds - DL                                                          and seven touchdowns, returned 10 kickoffs 263 yards, and brought
                                                                                back 11 punts 135 yards . . . also played free safety, collecting 51
6-4 * 295 * Freshman                                                            tackles, 13 pass breakups, and three interceptions.
St. Louis, Missouri
Lutheran North High School
Head Coach: Jim Manion - a three-year letterwinner, he was named
                                                                                17 - Paul Vassor - WR
first-team All-Conference as a senior defensive lineman . . . also served       6-0 * 185 * Junior
as a team captain.
                                                                                Overland Park , Kansas
                                                                                Butler County Community College
73 - Abijah Sanders – OL                                                        Head Coach: Troy Morrel - Lettered one season at Butler County after
                                                                                transferring from Emporia State University nabbed 16 passes for 271
6-2 * 305 * Freshman                                                            yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore for Butler County’s 2002
Kansas City, Missouri                                                           KJCCC Championship team . . . redshirted at Emporia State in 2000,
                                                                                and then saw action in 2001 . . . was a two-year letterman at Shawnee
William Chrisman High School                                                    Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kan. . . there he was a
Head Coach: Brad Drehle - earned first-team all-conference, all-district,       two-time all-conference defensive back, and as a senior also earned all-
and Missouri Coaches Association All-State honors as a senior . . . also        conference honors as a wide receiver and kick returner . . . added All-
was a Blue Springs Examiner second-team all-area selection and an All-          Metro, All-Johnson County, and honorable mention all-state kudos as a
MetroSports selection.                                                          defensive back for head coach John Krug.


86 - Joey Sterling - WR                                                         31 - Justin Walley - FS
6-3 * 185 * Freshman                                                            6-4 * 190 * Freshman
Kansas City, Missouri                                                           Peculiar, Missouri
Park Hill High School                                                           Raymore-Peculiar High School
Head Coach: Greg Reynolds - a three-year letterman, he was a first-             Head Coach: Tom Kruse - a three-year starter at free safety for
team All-Conference and All-State, and second-team All-Metro                    Raymore-Peculiar, he owns the school record for career interceptions
selection as a split end . . . as a senior he had 34 receptions for 694 yards   with 11 . . . earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior.




                                  Mules Football - It’s a Family Affair
Two members of the Central Missouri State Mules football team--junior cornerback John McPherson and senior defensive lineman Tenney Barber--
                                       have found a way to balance academics, athletics, and family life




                                                                                                              Kristin and John McPherson and
                                                                                                               sons Jaylyn (3) and Jahron (5).

    Tenney and Brandy Barber
     and daughter, Tedy (4).




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                                         Alphabetical Roster
No.   Name                 Pos.    Ht.    Wt.   Year (Exp)   Hometown                   Previous Football School
34    Anthony Alexander     FS    5-10    200   Senior-Sq    Long Beach, Calif.         West Liberty State College
76    Dan Allgeyer         OL      6-4    260   Fresh.-HS    St. Louis, Mo.             Vianney High School
81    Brandon Almaguer     WR      6-1    206   Junior-Tr    Hollister, Calif.          Gavilan Junior College
23    Ricky Armstrong      CB     5-10    163   Soph.-Tr     St. Louis, Mo.             Reedley Junior College
89    Cooper Banks         TE      6-3    262   Soph.-1L     Liberty, Mo.               Liberty High School
96    Tenney Barber        DL      6-0    276   Senior-Tr    Pago Pago, Am. Samoa       Snow College
68    Ryan Barnes          OL      6-4    317   Junior-Sq    Raymore, Mo.               Raymore-Peculiar High School
42    Julian Batts         LB      6-1    215   Fresh.-HS    Parkville, Mo.             Parkhill South High School

47    Jesse Beck           DE      6-5    235   Fresh.-HS    Raymore, Mo.               Raymore-Peculiar High School
30    Billy Beyer          SS      6-0    214   Fresh.-Rs    Blue Springs, Mo.          Blue Springs High School
48    Jon Books           DE/TE    6-5    230   Fresh.-HS    Williamsburg, Mo.          North Callaway High School
32    Jim Bouknight        RB     5-11    180   Fresh.-HS    Olathe, Kan.               Olathe North High School
78    Jordon Bright        DL      6-5    240   Fresh.-HS    Paris, Mo.                 Paris High School
98    Jason Brown           P      6-0    225   Junior-1L    Bois D’arc, Mo.            Ash Grove High School
53    Joe Brown            LB      6-2    235   Junior-2L    Greenfield, Mo.            Greenfield High School
28    Mario Brown          SS      6-0    199   Junior-Tr    Amory, Miss.               Itawamba Community College

95    Dallas Bryant        DE      6-4    235   Fresh.-HS    Raymore, Mo.               Raymore-Peculiar High School
80    Mason Burks          TE      6-1    271   Fresh.-Rs    St. Louis, Mo.             Parkway North High School
93    Veantae Burnside     DL      6-3    290   Junior-Tr    Victorville, Calif.        Chafey College
82    Robbie Campbell     P/RB    5-11    194   Fresh.-Rs    Platte City, Mo.           Platte County R-III High School
3     Corey Chatman        CB     5-10    162   Junior-Tr    Tustin, Calif.             Santa Ana Junior College
11    Kegan Coleman        RB      5-8    195   Junior-2L    Lee’s Summit, Mo.          Lee’s Summit North High School
19    Jimmy Conner        WR       5-9    167   Junior-Rs    Phoenix, Ariz.             Phoenix Community College
5     Ariel Cowan          SS     5-11    207   Junior-Tr    Hacienda Heights, Calif.   Cerritos Junior College

45    John Crider         DE/TE    6-2    225   Fresh.-HS    Pleasant Hill, Mo.         Pleasant Hill High School
15    Jeremy Denison       CB     5-10    187   Junior-Tr    Santa Maria, Calif.        Alan Hancock Junior College
77    Tim Downs            OL      6-7    325   Fresh.-HS    St. Louis, Mo.             Lutheran North High School
33    Kyle Dubray          LB      6-2    236   Fresh.-Rs    Drexel, Mo.                Miami High School
36    Mark Duggan         WR/FS    6-1    190   Fresh.-HS    Sunrise Beach, Mo.         Camdenton High School
65    Jeff Edwards         OL      6-3    281   Soph.-1L     Lee’s Summit, Mo.          Lee’s Summit High School
72    Jay Fleeman          OL      6-5    310   Junior-2L    Pleasant Hill, Mo.         Pleasant Hill High School
40    Courtney Ford        LB      6-2    215   Fresh.-HS    St. Louis, Mo.             Lutheran North High School

41    Matt Frankel         PK     5-10    170   Fresh.-HS    Overland Park, Kan.        Shawnee Mission West High School
54    Darryl Grace         OL      6-2    292   Junior-Tr    Captain Cook, Hawaii       Gavilan Junior College
37    Justin Graves        WR      6-0    196   Fresh.-Rs    Montgomery City, Mo.       Montgomery County R-II High School
90    Roderick Green       DE      6-2    243   Senior-1L    Brenham, Texas             Blinn (Texas) Community College
84    Micah Hefner         WR     5-11    175   Junior-Tr    Blue Springs, Mo.          Central Methodist College
13    Jamison Heiskell     WR      5-9    165   Junior-Tr    Dallas, Texas              Cisco Junior College
22    Monroe Hicks        RB/DB   5-10    175   Fresh.-HS    Cape Girardeau, Mo.        Central High School
66    Todd Highfill       DL/OL    6-4    270   Fresh.-HS    Springfield, Mo.           Willard High School

24    Andy Hodges           SS    5-9     185   Soph.-1L     Baytown, Texas             Lee High School
10    Matt Hudson          WR     6-1     207   Soph.-Rs     Engelwood, Colo.           Adams State College
64    Justin Ishmael       OL     6-2     271   Fresh.-Rs    Basehor, Kan.              Basehor-Linwood High School
27    Colin Johnson         FS    5-9     183   Senior-Tr    Oklahoma City, Okla.       Southwest Missouri State University
58    Chase Kennedy        DE     6-1     257   Soph.-Sq     Dexter, Mo.                Dexter High School
67    Jon Lindquist        OL     6-2     285   Soph.-1L     Jefferson City, Mo.        Jefferson City High School
29    Roy Loren           SS/WR   6-1     185   Fresh.-HS    Prairie Village, Kan.      Shawnee Mission East High School
88    Ted Maxwell           TE    6-4     251   Soph.-Sq     Kansas City, Mo.           North Kansas City High School

85    Jason McCartney      WR      6-4    190   Fresh.-HS    Columbia, Mo.              Rockbridge High School
83    Jared McGinley       WR     5-11    180   Junior-Tr    Albany, Mo.                North Central Missouri College
1     John McPherson       CB      5-8    192   Junior-1L    Kansas City, Kan.          University of Missouri
91    Kyle Moles           DL      6-5    265   Fresh.-Rs    Harrisonville, Mo.         Harrisonville High School
35    Kellen Nesbitt       FS      6-0    186   Fresh.-Rs    Columbia, Mo.              Hickman High School
69    Matt Oschner         OL      6-5    260   Fresh.-HS    Lohman, Mo.                Helias High School
63    Lee Palelei          OL      6-4    277   Fresh.-Rs    Blue Springs, Mo.          Blue Springs High School
26    Dustin Patton        RB      6-0    202   Soph.-Sq     Reeds Spring, Mo.          Reeds Spring High School

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                                               Alphabetical Roster
No.   Name                    Pos.       Ht.     Wt.      Year (Exp)       Hometown                  Previous Football School
44    Pete Person             LB         6-1     215      Fresh.-HS        St. Ann, Mo.              Ritenour High School
21    David Poolman            SS       5-11     200      Fresh.-Rs        Platte City, Mo.          Platte County High School
52    Joe Potter              DS         6-0     239      Junior-1L        California, Mo.           California High School
16    Greg Race                SS       5-10     203      Soph.-Tr         Warrensburg, Mo.          William Jewell College
12    Derek Rasmussen         QB         6-4     200      Fresh.-HS        Lee’s Summit, Mo.         Raymore-Peculiar High School
20    Kendall Ricketts         FS       5-10     170      Fresh.-HS        Raytown, Mo.              Raytown South High School
71    Kerry Rounds            DL         6-4     295      Fresh.-HS        St. Louis, Mo.            Lutheran North High School
73    Abijah Sanders          OL         6-2     305      Fresh.-HS        Kansas City, Mo.          William Chrisman High School

9     Jimmy Sangster          QB         6-5     245      Fresh.-Rs        Macon, Mo.                Macon High School
75    Casey Shadel            DS        5-11     217      Junior-2L        Lebanon, Mo.              Lebanon High School
7     Mike Spiegel            QB         6-1     195      Fresh.-Rs        Lee’s Summit, Mo.         Truman State University
39    Brandon Starks          PK        5-10     179      Junior-1L        Kansas City, Mo.          Southwest Baptist University
86    Joey Sterling           WR         6-3     185      Fresh.-HS        Kansas City, Mo.          Park Hill High School
51    Dan Stookey             LB         6-1     237      Soph.-1L         Columbia, Mo.             Hickman High School
6     Keith Stowers           WR         6-2     195      Junior-Sq        St. Louis, Mo.            Tyler Junior College
59    Ben Sutherlin           DE         6-0     221      Junior-2L        Overland Park, Kan.       Shawnee Mission West High School

56    DeWayne Tate            DL        6-1      307      Fresh.-Rs        St. Louis, Mo.            University City High School
99    Wesley Thibeaux         DL        6-3      309      Junior-Tr        Beaumont, Texas           Blinn College
2     Lee Thompson            RB        5-8      202      Junior-2L        Liberty, Mo.              Liberty High School
4     Zack Threadgill         QB        6-2      211      Senior-Tr        Glendale, Ariz.           University of Nevada
18    Marcus Thurman          CB        5-9      187      Junior-Tr        Phoenix, Ariz.            Weber State University
50    Travis Todd             DL        6-2      264      Soph.-Sq         Farmington, Mo.           Farmington High School
46    Danny Tuttle            DE        6-0      236      Soph.-1L         California, Mo.           California High School
94    Aaron Urich             DL        6-0      280      Junior-2L        Centertown, Mo.           California High School

14    Greg Valenzuela         QB        6-1      202      Senior-1L        Pomona, Calif.            Mt. San Antonio College
49    Jason Vanloo            LB        6-3      249      Junior-1L        Jefferson City, Mo.       University Missouri
17    Paul Vassor             WR        6-0      185      Junior-Tr        Overland Park, Kan.       Butler County Community College
61    Andy Viebrock           OL        6-3      285      Fresh.-Rs        Olathe, Kan.              Olathe South High School
70    Richard Villigram       OL        6-5      317      Soph.-1L         St. Charles, Mo.          St. Charles High School
31    Justin Walley           FS        6-4      190      Fresh.-HS        Peculiar, Mo.             Raymore-Peculiar High School
60    Chase Ward              OL        6-2      305      Junior-Tr        Tomball, Texas            Navarro College
62    Josh Weakly             OL        6-1      321      Senior-1L        Kansas City, Kan.         Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College

92    David Williams          DE         6-2     265      Junior-2L        Raytown, Mo.              Raytown High School
55    Jeremy Wooden           DE         6-2     265      Senior-3L        Columbia, Mo.             Hickman High School
57    Mike Wright             LB        5-11     232      Soph.-1L         Warrensburg, Mo.          Crest Ridge High School
97    Scott Young             TE         6-3     254      Senior-2L        Odessa, Mo.               Odessa High School

Head Coach: Willie Fritz
Assistant Coaches: Scott Baumgartner (special teams coordinator/wide receivers), Chuck Clemens (defensive coordinator/defensive line), Scott
Grinde (assistant head coach/offensive line), Chris Klenakis (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Charles Lee (defensive secondary), Andy Ball
(special teams), Casey Blackstun (enforcers), Bill Brechue (defensive line), David Brown (running backs), Dan Joiner (offensive line), Andy Sims
(linebackers), Nate Thomas (wide receivers)


                                                       Pronunciation Guide
                                                        Mules Football Players
       Brandon Almaguer - AL-ma-ger                       Abijah Sanders - a-BY-jah                     Jim Bouknight - BAWK-night
         Kegan Coleman - KEY-gan                        Ariel Cowan - AIR-ee-l CO-in                      Kyle Dubray - dew-BRAY
        Jamison Heiskell - HASS-kull                      Justin Ishmael - ISH-male                      Jon Lindquist - lind-QWIST
          Kellen Nesbitt - NES-bit                       Pat Nussbeck - NOOS-beck                         Matt Oschner - AWSH-ner
          Lee Palelei - PAL-le-lay                     Derek Rasmussen - RAS-muss-in                      Casey Shadel - SHAY-dul
          Mike Spiegel - SPEE-gul                         Wesley Thibeaux - T-bow                          Aaron Urich - YUR-ick
          Jason Vanloo - van-LOO                         Andy Viebrock - VEE-brock                      Veantae Burnside - vee-ON-tay

                                                       Mules Football Coaches
      Scott Baumgartner - BOMB-gart-ner                                                                   Bill Brechue - bre-SHOE
            Scott Grinde - GRIN-dee                                                                     Chris Klenakis - klen-AWK-iss

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                                               Numerical Roster

No.   Name                 Pos.   Year (Exp)   No.   Name                    Pos.      Year (Exp)
1     John McPherson       CB      Junior-1L   60    Chase Ward              OL         Junior-Tr
                                                                                                       2003 Central Missouri Mules
2     Lee Thompson         RB      Junior-2L   61    Andy Viebrock           OL         Fresh.-Rs              at a Glance
3     Corey Chatman        CB      Junior-Tr   62    Josh Weakly             OL        Senior-1L
4     Zack Threadgill      QB      Senior-Tr   63    Lee Palelei             OL         Fresh.-Rs
                                                                                                       TALLEST
5     Ariel Cowan           SS     Junior-Tr   64    Justin Ishmael          OL         Fresh.-Rs      Tim Downs (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
6     Keith Stowers        WR      Junior-Sq   65    Jeff Edwards            OL         Soph.-1L       Jon Books (TE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
7     Mike Spiegel         QB      Fresh.-Rs   66    Todd Highfill          DL/OL      Fresh.-HS       Jesse Beck (DE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
9     Jimmy Sangster       QB      Fresh.-Rs   67    Jon Lindquist           OL         Soph.-1L       Jordon Bright (DE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
                                               68    Ryan Barnes             OL         Junior-Sq      Jimmy Sangster (QB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
                                                                                                       Matt Oschner (OL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
                                               69    Matt Oschner            OL        Fresh.-HS       Kyle Moles (DE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
10    Matt Hudson          WR     Soph.-Rs                                                             Jay Fleeman (OL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
11    Kegan Coleman        RB     Junior-2L                                                            Richard Villigram (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
12    Derek Rasmussen      QB     Fresh.-HS    70    Richard Villigram        OL        Soph.-1L
                                                                                                       SHORTEST
13    Jamison Heiskell     WR     Junior-Tr    71    Kerry Rounds             DL        Fresh.-HS
                                                                                                       Kegan Coleman (RB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
14    Greg Valenzuela      QB     Senior-1L    72    Jay Fleeman              OL        Junior-2L      John McPherson (CB). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
15    Jeremy Denison       CB     Junior-Tr    73    Abijah Sanders           OL        Fresh.-HS      Lee Thompson (RB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
16    Greg Race            SS     Soph.-Tr     75    Casey Shadel             DS        Junior-2L      Jimmy Conner (WR). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
17    Paul Vassor          WR     Junior-Tr    76    Dan Allgeyer             OL        Fresh.-HS      Jamison Heiskell (WR). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
18    Marcus Thurman       CB     Junior-Tr    77    Tim Downs                OL        Fresh.-HS      Andy Hodges (SS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
                                                                                                       Colin Johnson (FS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9
19    Jimmy Conner         WR     Junior-Rs    78    Jordon Bright            DL        Fresh.-HS      Marcus Thurman (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9

                                                                                                       HEAVIEST
20    Kendall Ricketts      FS    Fresh.-HS    80    Mason Burks              TE        Fresh.-Rs      Tim Downs (OL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
                                                                                                       Josh Weakly (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
21    David Poolman         SS    Fresh.-Rs    81    Brandon Almaguer         WR        Junior-Tr
                                                                                                       Richard Villigram (OL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
22    Monroe Hicks        RB/DB   Fresh.-HS    82    Robbie Campbell         P/RB       Fresh.-Rs      Ryan Barnes (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
23    Ricky Armstrong       CB    Soph.-Tr     83    Jared McGinley           WR        Junior-Tr      Jay Fleeman (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310
24    Andy Hodges           SS    Soph.-1L     84    Micah Hefner             WR        Junior-Tr      Wesley Thibeaux (DL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
26    Dustin Patton         RB    Soph.-Sq     85    Jason McCartney          WR        Fresh.-HS      DeWayne Tate (DL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
                                                                                                       Abijah Sanders (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
27    Colin Johnson         FS    Senior-Tr    86    Joey Sterling            WR        Fresh.-HS
                                                                                                       Chase Ward (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
28    Mario Brown           SS    Junior-Tr    88    Ted Maxwell              TE        Soph.-Sq
29    Roy Loren           SS/WR   Fresh.-HS    89    Cooper Banks             TE        Soph.-1L       LIGHTEST
                                                                                                       Corey Chatman (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
                                                                                                       Ricky Armstrong (CB). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
                                                                                                       Jamison Heiskell (WR). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
30    Billy Beyer          SS     Fresh.-Rs    90    Roderick Green           DE        Senior-1L      Jimmy Conner (WR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
31    Justin Walley        FS     Fresh.-HS    91    Kyle Moles               DL        Fresh.-Rs      Kendall Ricketts (CB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
32    Jim Bouknight        RB     Fresh.-HS    92    David Williams           DE        Junior-2L      Matt Frankel (PK). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
33    Kyle Dubray          LB     Fresh.-Rs    93    Veantae Burnside         DL        Junior-Tr
                                                                                                       TOP GRADE-POINT AVERAGES
34    Anthony Alexander    FS     Senior-Sq    94    Aaron Urich              DL        Junior-2L      Jeff Edwards (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.66
35    Kellen Nesbitt       FS     Fresh.-Rs    95    Dallas Bryant            DE        Fresh.-HS      Justin Ishmael (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.55
36    Mark Duggan         WR/FS   Fresh.-HS    96    Tenney Barber            DL        Senior-Tr      Darryl Grace (OL). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.54
37    Justin Graves        WR     Fresh.-Rs    97    Scott Young              TE        Senior-2L      Billy Beyer (SS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.52
39    Brandon Starks       PK     Junior-1L    98    Jason Brown               P        Junior-1L      Michael Wright (LB). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.41
                                                                                                       Brandon Almaguer (WR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.37
                                               99    Wesley Thibeaux          DL        Junior-Tr      Aaron Urich (DL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.34
                                                                                                       Matt Hudson (WR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.32
40    Courtney Ford        LB     Fresh.-HS                                                            Dan Stookey (LB) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.14
41    Matt Frankel         PK     Fresh.-HS    Head Coach: Willie Fritz                                Tenney Barber (OL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.12
42    Julian Batts         LB     Fresh.-HS    Assistant Coaches: Scott Baumgartner (special           Brandon Starks (PK) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.11
44    Pete Person          LB     Fresh.-HS    teams coordinator/wide receivers), Chuck Clemens        Andy Hodges (SS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.09
                                               (defensive coordinator/defensive line), Scott Grinde    Jon Lindquist (OL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.07
45    John Crider         DE/TE   Fresh.-HS                                                            Ryan Barnes (OL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.05
                                               (assistant head coach/offensive line), Chris Klenakis
46    Danny Tuttle         DE     Soph.-1L
                                               (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Charles Lee                               MULES BY CLASS
47    Jesse Beck           DE     Fresh.-HS
                                               (defensive secondary), Andy Ball (special teams),
48    Jon Books           DE/TE   Fresh.-HS                                                            Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                               Casey Blackstun (enforcers), Bill Brechue               Juniors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
49    Jason Vanloo         LB     Junior-1L    (defensive line), David Brown (running backs), Dan      Sophomores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
                                               Joiner (offensive line), Andy Sims (linebackers),       Freshmen (including redshirts). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
                                               Nate Thomas (wide receivers)                            Newcomers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
50    Travis Todd          DL     Soph.-Sq
51    Dan Stookey          LB     Soph.-1L                                                                                     MULES BY STATE
52    Joe Potter           DS     Junior-1L                                                            Missouri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
53    Joe Brown            LB     Junior-2L                                                            Kansas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
54    Darryl Grace         OL     Junior-Tr                                                            California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                                                                       Texas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
55    Jeremy Wooden        DE     Senior-3L                                                            Arizona. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
56    DeWayne Tate         DL     Fresh.-Rs                                                            American Samoa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
57    Mike Wright          LB     Soph.-1L                                                             Colorado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
58    Chase Kennedy        DE     Soph.-Sq                                                             Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
59    Ben Sutherlin        DE     Junior-2L                                                            Mississippi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
                                                                                                       Oklahoma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1


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