Fifth-year senior who will be counted for leadership and intensity as a regular contributor at middle linebacker this fall ... Was in on five total tackles in Maroon and White Game (4/24/10).
2009: Accumulated 13 tackles in eight games played, including a pair of sacks ... Also broke up a pair of passes ... Tallied season-high four tackles in home opener against UT Martin (9/12/09) with three assists ... Recorded three solo stops in win over Murray State (9/19/09) ... Finished 15th on the team in total tackles.
2008: Started eight games, including seven at middle linebacker, and was third on the squad in tackles (71) with a pair of tackles for loss ... Secured 17 tackles and a pass break-up against Western Illinois (10/4/08) to earn MSU Coors Player of the Week honors ... Also had double-figure tackle game in win at Indiana State (11/22/08) with 11 stops, including five solos ... Collected his only interception of the season in win at Illinois State (10/18/08) ... Matched season high with five solo tackles and eight total against Southern Illinois (10/25/08) ... Also had eight tackles in win at Southeast Missouri (9/20/08) and at South Dakota State (11/1/08).
2007: Saw action in all 11 games, including five at Plaster, to finish the year with 14 tackles ... Secured six tackles, including a pair of solo tackles, in win over Southeast Missouri (11/10/07) in season finale ... Recorded five stops in home win over Indiana State (10/27/07) ... Matched season high with two solo stops in season opener against Missouri S&T (8/30/07).
2006: Redshirted as a true freshman at Missouri State ... Claimed MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors for the Illinois State game (11/4/06).
High School: Was a three-time all-state performer for coach David Allie at Raytown South High ... Claimed second-team all-state as a senior after honorable mention distinction as a sophomore and junior ... Guided the Cardinals to a 7-3 record as a senior in 2005 to help them to back-to-back Kansas City Suburban Small 6 conference titles ... Named first-team KC All-Metro and second-team all-area his senior year ... Was also a three-time all-conference and all-district performer at linebacker ... Also started two seasons for legendary basketball coach Bud Lathrop and earned one letter in baseball.
Personal: Byron Hightower, Jr. was born 2/22/88 in Kansas City, Mo. ... Son of Byron Hightower, Sr. and Davetta Whitmill of Raytown, Mo. ... Majoring in International Business Administration with a minor in French ... Has a sister Deja, and a brother, Deantay.