Senior center selected to Valley’s top preseason squad; MSU picked to finish ninth by league’s coaches, media and sports information directors
Linemen Isbell and Bratton joined by Earl and Ellifrits on TonySoftli.com freshman list
Earned snaps with the first-team unit this spring with Blanar on the shelf and earned valuable reps at right tackle.
2013: Redshirted his first season at Missouri State ... Named MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for road win at Western Illinois (10/26/13).
High School: Helped the Nevada (Mo.) High Tigers to an 8-3 playoff run as a senior in 2012 as a starting offensive and defensive tackle ... Earned consensus all-state honors and all-district, All-Ozarks and All-SWMFBCA distinction on the offensive line as a senior for coach Wes Beachler's squad ... Was also all-region on the defenisve line as a senior ... Played in SWMFCA Grin Iron All-Star Game in Springfield ... Was second-team all-state on the offensive line as a junior for a 6-4 squad as well as All-SWMFBCA honors ... Earned honorable mention all-region honors on both sides as a sophomore starter ... Was also a standout baseball player and wrestler at Nevada.
Personal: Sam William Ellifrits was born 9/27/94 in Nevada, Mo. ... Son of Randy and Tracy Ellifrits of Nevada ... Has a sister Joy and two brothers, Jeremiah and Andy ... Older brother, Andy, earned his Master's at MSU ... Majoring in Physical Education.