|Hometown:||Webb City, Mo.|
|High School:||Webb City HS|
2010 - In his second year as a starter, Zerkel dazzled Lions’ fans with his spectacular display of leaping grabs and athletic plays. Zerkel was quarterback Collin Howard’s favorite target before a late injury derailed his season. The Webb City product still managed to have a solid year statistically with 52 catches for 759 yards (both second on the team) and a team-leading five touchdown grabs.
2009 – Was the Lions’ top receiver starting in all ten games … caught a team-high 44 passes for 641 yards at 14.6 yards per catch … averaged 64.1 yards a game and had six scores on the season … had his best game with 135 yards on six catches for two touchdowns, including a season long 40 yard grab.
In 2008: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
In high school: Zerkel was part of a state championship team at Webb City High School with current Lion Collin Howard … played for coach John Roderique at Webb … A first team All-Conference, All-Area, All-District, All-Region and All-State selection this past year at wide receiver for the Cardinals … The Joplin Globe Offensive Player of the Year, Zerkel finished with 40 receptions for 766 yards and 10 touchdowns … Zerkel was also a standout basketball player and was a first-team All-Conference and All-Area selection last year as a junior, while being named conference MVP … Zerkel is a member of the National Honor Society and is on the honor roll at Webb City.
Personal: Born on November 19, 1989 … Zerkel is the son of Kenny Zerkel and Carrie Cavitt … He is undecided on his future major at Southern. … I can’t live without: Halo and Moe’s Southwest Grill … Favorite song: “Something you forgot”