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Rucker, Smith & Steeples showcase talent
Transferred to the University of Memphis from Missouri following 2012 spring drills ... As a Mizzou graduate, was immediately eligible to play for the Blue and Gray in 2012, making the most of his lone season in a Memphis uniform ... Played in all 12 games, starting 10 contests in his only season as a Memphis Tiger ... Played in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 11, 2013) ... Combined with career at Mizzou, made 83 total tackles with 47 solo hits and 36 assists ... Had 14 career pass breakups and 4.5 tackles for lost yards (12 yards).
As a Memphis Tiger tallied 42 total tackles - 22 solo stops and 20 assists - for a Memphis defense which led Conference USA in total defense in league games during the 2012 season ... More than doubled his tackle total from his three-year career at Missouri during his lone season wearing the Blue and Gray ... Ranked third among defensive backs in total tackles ... Had two tackles for lost yards (five yards) ... Co-leader on the team with five pass breakups ... Also the team's co-leader in fumble recoveries with three ... In first career start against Middle Tennessee, had three total tackles ... Had four tackles the following week on the road at Duke ... Returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown against UCF ... Registered a career-high nine tackles including one for lost yardage at Houston ... During the Tigers' three-game win streak to end the season, had nine total tackles starting with a five-tackle effort in a 37-23 win over Tulane.
2011 (Junior; Missouri)
Played in all 13 games ... Had 21 total tackles with 12 solo stops and nine assists ... Added two pass breakups ... Posted two tackles (1-1) against Miami, Ohio ... Recorded his first career start at Arizona State ... Picked up three assisted tackles against Western Illinois, while also recording his first career interception ... Had a career-best six tackles, including five solo hits, vs Oklahoma ... Logged two tackles, including a TFL, vs Kansas State ... Totaled two tackles, one TFL and one pass breakup against Iowa State ... Finished the Oklahoma State game with three tackles ... Made a tackle and broke up a pass in the Tigers' Independence Bowl win over North Carolina.
2010 (Sophomore; Missouri)
Played in all 13 games and made five tackles (2-3) ... Recorded a tackle in each of the first two games of the year vs Illinois and McNeese State ... Had a stop in back-to-back games vs Miami, Ohio, and Colorado ... Added a tackle in the win over Kansas State.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman; Missouri)
Saw action in 13 games, and his snaps increased the second half of the season ... Ended with 15 tackles (11-4) and four pass breakups ... The four pass breakups ranked third-best on the team ... Tallied a season-high four tackles each in games against Texas and Baylor ... Also made two stops in the Tigers' epic win over rival Kansas ... Recorded first career sack at Colorado and also forced a fumble on the play, which was recovered by the Tigers.
2008 (Freshman; Missouri)
One of the top players in the state of Missouri ... Ranked by Rivals as the state's No. 8 player at any position ... Rated the No. 40-ranked cornerback prospect in the nation ... ESPN.com listed him as the nation's No. 45 cornerback prospect ... Earned 2007 all-state first team recognition as a senior cornerback ... Logged 24 total tackles, 12 pass breakups, five interceptions and one forced fumble as a senior ... Had 40 tackles as a junior with 11 pass breakups, while rushing for 250 yards and averaging 30 yards per kickoff return ... Played on DeSmet's 2005 Class 6 state championship team ... Played for Coach Pat Mahoney at DeSmet Jesuit.
Son of Robert and Phyllis Steeples ... Earned bachelor's degree in management from Missouri's renowned College of Business ... Enrolled in graduate school at Memphis.