The Utah Blaze signed veteran defensive lineman Dwayne Missouri (6-5, 280, Northwestern) to a one-year contract today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed due to team policy.
"It's very exciting to add such a talented, seasoned veteran to our team," said Blaze head coach and general manager Danny White. "Dwayne's athletic ability and knowledge of the game will be a real asset to the Blaze."
From 2004-07, Missouri played for the Philadelphia Soul. During those four seasons, he recorded 72.5 total tackles, including 10.5 for a loss, 18.5 sacks, 15 pass breakups, 15 forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. Offensively, he caught six receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to playing for the Soul, Missouri played in seven games for the Colorado Crush, where he recorded 8.5 total tackles, one sack, and three pass breakups. In 2003, he was also signed by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.
In 2002, Missouri was allocated to the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe by the Dallas Cowboys. He received defensive honors in week 10 after helping the Berlin's defense limit Frankfurt to seven points. Missouri finished the game with 6 total tackles, 2 sacks and one forced fumble. He also helped lead Berlin's defense to win World Bowl X. At the end of the season, Missouri tied for second in the league with 5.5 sacks.
After Missouri's senior year at Northwestern University, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL draft. He played on the Ravens practice squad prior to being signed to the Dallas Cowboys. He played in two games with Dallas, but did not record any stats.