#27 LaRon Council
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Major: Stats, actuarual science with a minor in criminal justice
Granted All-America status by four publications including Daktronics, which named him to its first team … Harlon Hill Trophy Regional Finalist … First-Team All-MIAA selection … Three-time MIAA Offensive Player of the Week (9/15, 9/29, 10/6) ... Named team Offensive MVP
Ranked third in the nation in rushing (1,739 yards) and second in the nation in scoring (36 touchdowns) … finished three touchdowns shy of the NCAA's single-season record … rushed for the third-most yards in program history … scored the second-most touchdowns in program history … 27 scores during the regular season is a program record … scored four touchdowns four times … tied a program playoff record with four touchdowns against North Alabama (12/6) … had eight 100-yard efforts including a career-best 197 yards and four touchdowns vs. Missouri Southern (11/8) … set an MIAA record with a 99-yard touchdown run vs. Central Missouri (10/11) … had a touchdown reception vs. Nebraska-Omaha (9/27) … caught 26 passes for 214 yards on the year … scored in every game except the finale
Started the first four games at fullback before sustaining an injury ... returned to play the final three games of the season ... had a touchdown reception in each of the first two games ... had a career-long 32-yard catch vs. Nebraska-Omaha (9/8) ... carried 11 times for 80 yards at Missouri Western (9/15) ... included in the tally was a season-long carry of 18 yards ... finished as the third-leading rusher on the team ... two touchdown receptions tied for the third-most on the team
Ran for career-high 133 yards on 13 carries in second half vs. Fort Hays (10/21) … Found the end zone for the first time vs. Emporia State (10/7) - a game in which he went for 88 yards on 11 totes … saw action in nine games ... broke his leg against Central Missouri (10/28)
Center High School
Participated in the Missouri Lions All-Star Game in July 2005 ... as a running back in 2004, totaled 1,920 yards on 221 attempts (8.7 avg.) ... added 20 rushing TDs ... posted season totals of 200 receiving yards on 14 catches (14.3 avg.) with four of those of the TD variety ... first-team all-state selection at running back ... first-team all-district and all-conference linebacker after ending with 127 total tackles as a senior ... Suburban Conference Blue Division Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... maintained a 3.6 grade point average ... named first-team all-district at punter, running back and defensive back in 2003.
Son of Rose Mercer ... Born Aug. 2, 1986