Fifth-year senior who looks to push for the starting right cornerback slot this fall after starting 20 games in 2009 and 2010.
2010: Started all 9 games he played in his junior season, adding 31 tackles and a team-high 4 interceptions to the Bears' cause ... Finished 31st nationally and fourth in the MVFC in interceptions (0.44) ... Posted 5 tackles in 3 straight games from 10/23/10 to 11/6/10, including 4 solo stops, 2 interceptions and a touchdown against Western Illinois (10/23/10), helping him earn MSU Defensive Player of the Week and honorable mention by College Football Performance Awards' for its National Player of the Week ... Also had a 47-yard interception return at Illinois State (9/25/10) ... Finished season with 75 yards in interception returns ... Had a 3.25 GPA during the fall 2010 semester to claim MVFC Honor Roll and Commissioner's Athletic Award honors ... Posted an athletic, drive-stopping interception in team's first 2010 spring scrimmage (4/10/10).
2009: Started all 11 games at cornerback and finished with 42 tackles, 5 passes defended and an interception ... Finished ninth on the squad in total tackles ... Notched season-high 7 tackles in season opener at Arkansas (9/5/09) ... Had a 31-yard interception return in 24-14 home win over UT Martin (9/12/09) to go with 3 solo tackles ... Matched season-best 5 solo tackles in squad win at Youngstown State (10/3/09) ... Claimed 6 total tackles at home against Illinois State (10/31/09) and 5 against Northern Iowa (9/26/09).
2008: Played in all 11 games as a redshirt freshman, posting 11 tackles, including 7 solo stops ... Recorded career-high 4 tackles in win at Indiana State (11/22/08), including 3 solo tackles ... Had 3 tackles and a pair of solos in win at Southeast Missouri (9/20/08) ... Factored in a pair of tackles at UNI (11/8/08).
2007: Redshirted his first year at Missouri State.
High School: Helped Texarkana (Texas) High to the third round of the Texas state playoffs as a senior in 2006 ... Posted team-high six interceptions for Coach Barry Norton, earning all-district honors twice and all-Northeast Texas laurels as a senior ... Had 16 receptions for 352 yards as a senior and blocked 4 punts as a junior ... Also played baseball and track.
Personal: Jimmie L. Strong was born 11/6/88 in Texarkana, Texas ... Son of Jimmie, Sr. and Brenda Strong of Texarkana, Texas ... Has a brother, Ladarrius, and two sisters, Ashlee and Aailyah ... Majoring in Therapeutic Recreation.