The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


July 10, 2012

Five transfers join Missouri Southern football program

Five transfers — three from Division I schools and two from junior colleges — have joined Missouri Southern’s football program, Lions coach Daryl Daye announced Tuesday.

Travis Hurd, 5-foot-8, 180-pound running back, led Rhode Island in rushing last season with 433 yards on 111 carries. He earned first team all-Colonial Athletic Conference honors as a freshman when he led the league in kickoff returns (26.2 average). As a senior at Cheshire Academy he rushed for 1,120 yards, had 420 receiving yards and scored 12 touchdowns.

Brennan Nora, 6-5, 250 defensive lineman, started 11 games as a true freshman at Nicholls State in 2009. He sat out the last two seasons and will be a junior for the Lions. He helped Destrehan High School to consecutive state championships and a 29-0 record in 2007-08. He logged eight quarterback sacks and 63 tackles his senior year.

Eric Dago, 6-3, 236 defensive lineman, redshirted at Utah last season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He is the older brother of incoming freshman Gino Dago. As a senior at Westside High School in Houston, Eric Dago had 73 tackles and seven sacks.

Daryl Thomas, 6-0, 187 linebacker, earned all-conference honors two years at Ridgewater Community College — at linebacker as a freshman and at defensive back as a sophomore after he had 75 tackles and four interceptions. He had 90 tackles and was named his team’s defensive most valuable player as a senior at Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Trevante Ebron, 5-10, 156 athlete, earned all-conference honors on offense and defense at Lincoln High School in Dallas but is expected to play defensive back at MSSU. He played last season at Cisco Junior College and has three years of eligibility left.

“This group of individuals shows the hard work my assistant coaches have put forth in finding the best possible players for our program," Daye said in a press release. “Each one of these players is very talented and has a good shot of helping us right away. It just proves that a good coach doesn't stop recruiting on signing day and can go out and find players of this level this late in the process.”

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