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Sam Block
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Sam Block

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ozark, Mo.

High School:
Ozark High

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
Linebacker

  Fifth-year squad member and three-time letterman who looks to provide leadership and challenge for time at outside linebacker.

2009: Played nine games during his fourth season with the Bears, collecting seven total tackles ... Picked up four tackles in home loss to Illinois State (10/31/09) ... Was in on two stops in 31-7 home win over Indiana State (11/7/09) ... Recipient of 2009 Bears Team Award along with senior Tyler Horner.

2008: Earned four starts at middle linebacker and played nine games overall ... Was seventh on the squad in tackles (46) ... Earned MSU Coors Player of the Week honors in his third start of the season against Southern Illinois (10/25/08) after matching career high with 10 tackles, snagging an interception and recovering a fumble ... Also posted 10 tackles in win over Youngstown State (10/11/08) ... Collected six stops vs. Washburn (9/4/08) and three tackles and a forced fumble at Oklahoma State (9/11/08) in starting roles.

2007: Started first five games and averaged 8.6 tackles during that span ... Named MSU Defensive Player of the Week in win over Missouri S&T (8/3/07) after recording seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery ... Tallied 10 tackles in win over Central Arkansas (9/22/07) ... Earned his second Defensive POW honors of the season after win over Indiana State (10/27/07) with 10 tackles and a 35-yard interception return.

2006: Redshirted as a true freshman at Missouri State.

High School: Guided coach Chris Allison's Ozark Tigers to back-to-back playoff appearances and Central Ozarks Conference titles in 2004 and 2005 ... Was named 2005 Defensive Player of the Year by the Southwest Missouri Coaches Association after his team finished the regular season 10-0 with six shutouts ... Earned All-Ozarks, all-conference and All-SMCA honors as a senior and was named Central Ozarks Defensive Player of the Year.

Personal: Samuel Nathan Block was born 5/18/87 in Ames, Iowa ... Son of King and Glenna Block of Ozark, Mo. ... Majoring in Pre-Health (individualized)... Has a brother, King II.

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