A talented local product who transferred to Missouri State after camp opened in August ... The former Missouri squad member and one-time Tiger letterman should add depth to the Bears defensive line rotation this season ... He will have two seasons of eligibility with the Bears.
Missouri: Spent three seasons playing for Gary Pinkel at Missouri and earned playing time in 12 games for the Tigers ... As a sophomore in 2009, he played in five games and saw time at defensive tackle ... In 2008, he played in seven games, registering 17 tackles as a reserve ... Notched 1 tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries ... Tallied 5 tackles against Nevada and three tackles each against Colorado, Oklahoma State and Southeast Missouri ... Also recorded four tackles in the Mizzou Spring Game in 2009 ... Was redshirted as a true freshman in 2007.
High School: Was a three-year starter for coach Gary Turner at Hillcrest High in Springfield, Mo. ... Earned first-team All-State honors by the Associated Press and second-team honors by the coaches as a senior for the Hornets after totaling 108 tackles, 11 sacks, three fumble recoveries and a pair of forced fumbles in 2006 ... Was rated as the No. 12 player in Missouri by Rivals.com and the No. 41 strongside defensive end in the country ... Super Prep ranked him as the state's No. 16 overall prospect, No. 57 in the Midlands region and No. 96 nationally at DE ... Was a third-team all-state pick by the coaches as a junior ... Factored in 110 stops with eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles ... As a a sophomore, he had 76 total stops, six sacks and two fumble recoveries ... Ended his prep career with 294 total tackles and 25 sacks.
Personal: Chris Lee Earnhardt was born 11/3/88 in Springfield, Mo. ... He is the son of Melissa Earnhardt of Springfield ... Has three siblings, Trenton, Tasha and Devin ... Plans to pursue a degree in Missouri State's highly acclaimed Hospitality and Restaurant Administration program ... Plans to own his own restaurant someday.