DAVID BASS

Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

Missouri Western University Griffons

#91

6:03.6-263

Saint Louis, Missouri

University City High School

 

OVERVIEW

One of the finest defensive ends in history of Division II football, Bass was recently recognized for his excellence when he became the 2012 recipient of the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award. An elite pass rusher, the Griffon went on to record a school career-record 39.5 sacks, the third-best total in Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Association history and the fourth-best total in NCAA Division II annals.

 

The recognition that Bass has received as a senior is well-deserved, based on his hard work ethic, determination and the shear fact that he was able to prove major college recruiters wrong when they considered a 190-pound University City High senior defensive end not worthy of scholarship consideration.

 

Head coach Jerry Partridge sensed that he had a rising star when he recruited Bass, who was a three-sport standout in high school, more known for his standout basketball abilities. Bass would spend a season working out in the training room, adding thirty pounds to his once lanky frame before ever suiting up in a game for the Griffons. By the time he concluded his senior season, he was measuring in at over 270 pounds of pure muscle.

 

“David Bass is the perfect player,” Griffons defensive line Wes Bell stated after the 2012 season. “He is smart, works extremely hard, is a good leader, and has always stayed out of trouble. If my children grow up and are like him, then I will consider my parenting successful. It has truly been one of my utmost pleasures being around that kid for the past five years.”

 

“David is the complete package,” Partridge chimed in. “He is a mature and poised leader, who can play the run and rush the passer. He is a great blend of power, speed, technique, and raw athleticism.”

 

Bass would end up etching his name into the school, conference and NCAA record charts before he would conclude his college playing days as one of the true standouts at the 2013 East-West Shrine Game. Usually, small college players appear out of their element facing higher competition among the select few that compete in college all-star games.

 

Throughout East-West practices, Bass dominated. He not only brought a productive resume to the game, but lived up to those lofty praises his coaches and opponents have cited throughout his banner 2012 season.

 

Facing much bigger offensive linemen, he demonstrated incredible quickness and hand strength to defeat blocks and find his way to the ball carrier. He also displayed his impressive pass rush moves and proved to be quite effective working in-line and defeating combo blocks and double teams to pressure the pocket.

 

His performance throughout the week-long practices leading up to the game was more than enough to convince NFL decision makers they needed to see more of the Griffons standout. He was handed a letter that informed him that he was about to become the first player from his school to ever compete for teams at the NFL Scouting Combine.

 

Bass produced an impressive 9-3 mark in the broad jump, was timed at 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had one of the best shuttle drill performances for the defensive linemen attending the event in Indianapolis, recording a 4.33-second run, along with a 7.07-second three cone drill.

 

Further impressing the teams during Missouri Western’s Pro Day, he ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash in poor weather conditions in late March, assuring himself as being the rising star among the 2013 draft eligible defensive ends.

 

Bass was discovered by Griffons coach Jerry Partridge after excelling in football, track and basketball at University City High School. On the gridiron, he competed as a defensive end and tight end, earning second-team All-Suburban-South League and first-team All-Metro honors while serving as team captain during his junior and senior campaigns. He still holds the school record with an 84-yard touchdown reception.

 

Bass’ dominance on the basketball court, where he also served as a two-time hoops captain, was highlighted by a senior season that saw him average 13.2 points, 1.5 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. The two-time All-League and All-Metro choice was the squad’s star forward as a junior, producing averages of 17.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in 2006.

 

Bass red-shirted at Missouri Western for the 2008 season, but would go on to start a school record 50 consecutive games at strong-side defensive end for the Griffons. He ranked seventh on the team with 47 tackles, tied for the lead with 6.5 sacks and was second on the squad with 9.5 stops-for-loss.

 

His eight pass deflections led all Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association down linemen and ranked third in the Division II ranks within that group. He would close out his first year being named MVP of the Mineral Water Bowl.

 

The 2010 campaign brought Bass All-MIAA second-team honors. Now up to 230 pounds, he registered 47 tackles, with eight sacks and 10.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He had a pair of interceptions, four pass deflections and even carried once for a 6-yard first down off a fake punt vs. Washburn.

 

National honors were soon to come his way, as Bass was a consensus All-American as both a junior and senior. In 2011, he led the MIAA and ranked fourth nationally with 14.5 sacks, the 16th-best season total in NCAA Division II history. It was a half-sack shy of the school record and ranks fourth on the conference annual record chart. He also had 55 tackles and ranked second in the league with 20.0 stops for loss, adding eight pressures.

 

Bass weighed as much as 279 pounds during his senior campaign. He was in on 61 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 16.0 tackles-for-loss. He caused a fumble, advancing a fumble recovery 47 yards vs. Fort Hays State and scored on a 55-yard interception return vs. Pittsburg State. He had a total of two pass thefts while also batting down seven other throws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER NOTES

Bass set the school record by starting 50 consecutive games at strong-side defensive end for Missouri Western…Recorded 210 tackles (127 solos), as his 39.5 sacks for minus 227 yards set the school career-record, ranking third on the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association all-time record chart while ranking fourth in NCAA Division II annals, topped by just Marc Schiechl of Colorado Mines (46.0; 2007-10), Michael Eubanks of Delta State (42.0; 2004-07) and Andre Bernardi of North Greenville (40.0; 2006-09)…Also holds the school career-record with 56.0 stops for losses of 283 yards, ranking 15th on the NCAA Division II all-time chart…Recorded twenty quarterback pressures, as he caused two fumbles, recovered two others, including one that he advanced 47 yards, deflected 23 passes and intercepted five others for 70 yards in returns, including a 55-yard touchdown.

 

2012 SEASON

The recipient of the 2012 Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award, Bass added first-team All-American honors, in addition to being named Division II Defensive Player of the Year by the NFL Draft Report…Also received first-team Little All-American honors from the Associated Press and D2Football.com, adding second-team accolades from Football Gazette and Daktronics…Was also a Daktronics All-Region first-team pick and was named All-Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Association first-team…Started all fourteen games at strong-side defensive end, as he recorded 61 tackles (36 solos), as his 11.5 sacks for minus 65 yards rank seventh on the school season-record chart and placed 12th on the MIAA annual list…Registered 16.0 stops for losses of 80 yards…His average of 0.88 sacks led the MIAA and his average of 1.23 stops-for-loss placed seventh in the league…Added five pressures, as he caused and recovered a fumble, deflected seven passes and picked off two others for 63 yards in returns…Opened the season registering at least one sack in five consecutive games and had at least one sack in a total of ten contests…Posted a 5-yard sack vs. Central Missouri, an 8-yarder vs. William Jewell, a 9-yard drop to go with seven tackles vs. Nebraska-Kearney, a 4-yard sack and a 47-yard fumble recovery return vs. Fort Hays State and a 10-yard sack vs. Central Oklahoma to begin his final season…

Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown, as he posted five tackles with 2.5 sacks for minus 9 yards vs. Pittsburg State…Had a 5-yard sack and eleven tackles (9 solos) in a 57-55 playoff opening victory over Minnesota-Duluth…Closed out his career with a 3-yard sack, 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and eight tackles (5 solos) vs. Minnesota-Mankato.

 

2011 SEASON

Bass was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-MIAA first-team selection, adding Division II Defensive Lineman of the Year honors from The NFL Draft Report…All-Region first-team pick by Daktronics, adding All-Super Region Four accolades from Don Hansen’s Football Gazette…Started all twelve games, recording 55 tackles (35 solos), as his 14.5 sacks for minus 66 yards rank third in school history, fourth in MIAA annals and tied for 16th on the Division II season-record list…The only Griffons with more sacks are Tony Franklin (17 in 1982, but five came in the playoffs and the NCAA did not recognize play-off game statistics until 1999) and Eric McDowell (holds the record recognized by the NCAA – 15.0 in 2003)…Led the team with a career-high 20.0 stops for losses of 85 yards, which ranked second in the MIAA and 17th nationally…His average of 1.21 sacks per game was fourth-best in the Division II ranks for 2011…Twice tied the school game-record with four sacks in each of the Central Missouri (added seven tackles) and Southwest Baptist (had six solo hits and five stops-for-loss) clashes, equaling a Griffons record that was first established by Josh Charles vs. Washburn in 1999…Also posted eight pressures with a forced fumble and four pass deflections…Posted six tackles, a 10-yard sack and three stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Langston…Caused a fumble from a 6-yard sack and delivered ten tackles vs. Missouri Southern.

 

 

 

2010 SEASON

Bass was named All-MIAA second-team…Started all twelve games, collecting 47 tackles (29 solos) as he led the team with eight sacks for minus 44 yards and 10.5 stops for losses of 54 yards…Added four pressures, four pass deflections and two interceptions…Also had a 6-yard carry vs. Washburn…Tallied a season-high eleven tackles vs. Truman State and had a pair of sacks in back-to-back games vs. Nebraska-Omaha (six tackles) and Fort Hays State (six tackles, three for loss and an interception)…Also picked off a pass vs. Central Missouri.

 

2009 SEASON

The 2009 Mineral Water Bowl Defensive MVP after he recorded seven tackles with six being solo, had 2.5 tackles for a loss with 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pass break-up vs. Augustana (S.D.), Bass finished his red-shirt freshman season with eight pass deflections, an interception, one fumble recovery, 47 tackles (27 solos), a team-high 6.5 sacks for minus 52 yards and 9.5 stops for losses totaling 64 yards.

 

2008 SEASON

Red-shirted as a freshman.

 

INJURY REPORT

No injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.69 in the 40-yard dash…1.66 10-yard dash…2.76 20-yard dash…4.33 20-yard shuttle…

7.07 three-cone drill…30 ½-inch vertical jump…9’3” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times…33 5/8-inch arm length…10 ½-inch hands…79 ¾-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Bass attended Univeristy City (St. Louis, Mo.) High School, playing football for head coach Duane Hawthorne…Also excelled in basketball and track…On the gridiron, he competed as a defensive end and tight end, earning second-team All-Suburban-South League and first-team All-Metro honors while serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons, as he still holds the school record with an 84-yard touchdown reception…Served as a two-time basketball team captain, that was highlighted by a senior season that saw him average 13.2 points, 1.5 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game…The two-time All-League and All-Metro choice was the squad’s star forward as a junior, producing averages of 17.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in 2006.

 

PERSONAL

Criminal Justice major…Hopes to one day become a CSI detective when his playing days are over…Son of Mardell Bass…Nicknamed “DeeJay”…Resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2009 12 12 047 027 020  01  00  01  09.5-64   08  06.5-52    03
2010 12 12 047 029 018  00  00  02  10.5-54   04  08.0-44    04
2011 12 12 055 035 020  00  01  00  20.0-85   04  14.5-66    08
2012 14 14 061 036 025  01  01  02  16.0-80   07  11.5-65    05
TOTAL 50 50 210 127 083  02  02  05  56.0-283   23  39.5-227    20

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  01      000 00.00  00    00  00      000 00.00  00    00
2010  02      007 03.50  00    05  00      000 00.00  00    00
2012  02      063 31.50  01    55  01      047 47.00  00    47
TOTAL  05      070 14.00  01    55  01      047 47.00  00    47

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Carried once for a 6-yard gain vs. Washburn in 2010.

 

BASS GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Central Mo. 08/30/12 Central Mo. 38-26

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

0

William Jewell 09/08/12 William Jewell 56-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

0

0

Neb.-Kearney 09/15/12 Neb.-Kearney 38-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

3

1

1

10

0

1

9

1

0

2

Fort Hays St. 09/22/12 at FHS 21-3

Yes

0

0

0

1

47

0

1

2

0

1

4

0

1

4

0

1

0

Central Okla. 09/29/12 UCO 45-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

1

10

0

1

10

0

0

1

Northeastern St. 10/06/12 at NSU 45-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mo. Southern St. 10/13/12 MSU 30-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

5

0

1

6

0

1

6

0

0

0

Pittsburg St. 10/20/12 at PSU 63-14

Yes

1

55

1

0

0

0

2

3

1

2

9

1

2

9

1

0

0

Emporia St. 10/25/12 at ESU 57-28

No

1

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washburn 11/03/12 Washburn 56-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

3

0

2

8

0

1

6

0

0

1

Northwest Mo. 11/10/12 at NMO 21-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Minn. Duluth 11/17/12 Minn. Duluth 57-55

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

9

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

1

Henderson St. 11/24/12 at HSU 45-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

1

0

3

0

0

0

2

0

0

Minn-Mankato 12/01/12 at Minn-Mankato 10-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

1

3

12

0

1

3

1

0

0

Season Totals

2

63

1

1

47

0

25

36

4

14

80

1

11

65

6

1

5

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Pittsburg St. 09/01/11 Pittsburg St. 7-34

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Central Mo. 09/10/11 Central Mo. 23-6

Yes

2

5

0

4

14

0

4

14

1

0

1

Langston 09/17/11 Langston 47-0

Yes

3

3

2

2

18

2

1

10

0

0

2

Washburn 09/22/11 at Washburn 20-41

Yes

2

2

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

0

1

Mo. Southern St. 10/01/11 at Mo. Southern St. 35-23

Yes

6

4

0

2

10

0

1

6

0

1

0

Lincoln (MO) 10/08/11 Lincoln (MO) 81-20

Yes

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Emporia St. 10/15/11 at Emporia St. 22-16

Yes

2

4

1

2

8

0

1

5

0

0

1

Truman 10/22/11 Truman 45-7

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Southwest Baptist 10/29/11 at Southwest Baptist 31-24

Yes

0

6

0

5

19

0

4

18

0

0

0

Northwest Mo. St. 11/05/11 Northwest Mo. St. 31-28

Yes

1

2

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fort Hays St. 11/12/11 at Fort Hays St. 55-17

Yes

2

2

1

1

5

1

1

5

0

0

0

Northwest Mo. St. 11/19/11 Northwest Mo. St. 29-35

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Season Totals

20

35

4

18

85

3

13

66

4

1

8

 

 

 

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Mesa St. 09/02/10 Mesa St. 36-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

12

0

2

12

0

0

0

Lincoln (MO) 09/09/10 Lincoln (MO) 81-14

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washburn 09/18/10 at Washburn 36-33

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

2

5

0

1

2

0

0

2

Pittsburg St. 09/25/10 Pittsburg St. 42-25

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

Northwest Mo. 10/02/10 at NMO 0-42

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Truman 10/09/10 Truman 29-7

Yes

0

0

0

2

9

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Central Mo. 10/16/10 at CMU 21-43

Yes

1

5

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mo. Southern 10/23/10 at MSU 6-23

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Emporia St. 10/30/10 ESU 42-14

Yes

0

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Neb.-Omaha 11/06/10 at UNO 16-14

Yes

0

0

0

3

3

0

2

13

0

2

13

0

0

0

Fort Hays St. 11/13/10 Fort Hays St. 48-21

Yes

1

2

0

1

5

0

3

20

0

2

17

2

0

0

Northwest Mo 11/20/10 at NMU 24-28

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Season Totals

2

7

0

18

29

3

9

54

0

7

44

4

0

4

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Northern St. 08/27/09 Northern St. 49-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mesa St. 09/05/09 at Mesa St. 35-14

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Fort Hays St. 09/12/09 at Fort Hays St. 58-31

Yes

0

0

0

5

1

2

0

7

1

0

4

0

0

1

Washburn 09/19/09 Washburn 37-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Pittsburg St. 09/26/09 at Pittsburg St. 45-40

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northwest Mo. 10/03/09 NMU 35-49

Yes

0

0

0

4

0

1

0

3

1

0

3

2

0

0

Truman 10/10/09 at Truman 38-14

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

4

0

1

4

1

0

1

Central Mo. 10/17/09 Central Mo. 36-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Mo. Southern 10/24/09 MSU 34-35

Yes

0

0

0

1

5

0

1

8

0

0

0

1

0

1

Emporia St. 10/31/09 at Emporia St. 29-6

Yes

0

0

0

3

4

3

1

19

2

1

19

0

0

0

Neb.-Omaha 11/07/09 Neb.-Omaha 21-30

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

9

0

1

9

0

0

0

Augustana (SD) 12/05/09 at Augustana (SD) 34-21

Yes

1

0

0

1

6

1

2

14

1

1

13

1

0

0

Season Totals

1

0

0

20

27

7

6

64

5

4

52

8

0

3

 

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