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Darqueze Dennard heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 1/24 -- Darqueze Dennard, CB, 5-11, 199, Michigan State...The Bengals needed to get younger at corner and felt lucky Dennard slipped into their laps at 24. Most had him projected five to 10 picks earlier, but he fits perfectly into a man-press scheme. - The Sports Xchange
*Trae Waynes heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 1/11 - Trae Waynes, CB, 6-0, 186, Michigan State...Has the size, arm length, speed (4.31) and cover ability to be the No. 2 corner the Vikings need to compete with the NFC North's big receivers. Is expected to win a starting job opposite Xavier Rhodes and allow Captain Munnerlyn to move inside as the No. 3 slot corner exclusively. - The Sports Xchange
Beanie Wells heading into Jr season: 2008: Academic All-Big Ten Conference first-team and All-Big Ten second-team selection, as he started eight of ten games that he played in, missing the Ohio University, Southern California and Troy contests...Still managed to lead the team and rank third in the conference with 207 carries for 1,197 yards (5.8 avg) and eight touchdowns...Scored 48 points and caught eight passes for 47 yards (5.9 avg)...Generated 1,244 all-purpose yards, ranking seventh in the league with an average of 124.4 yards per game...Turned the ball over three times on fumbles, including one each in the Youngstown State, Minnesota and Illinois contests...Rushed for over 100 yards in eight contests...Wells started 21 of 36 games as a Buckeye, carrying 585 times for 3,382 yards (5.78 avg) and 30 touchdowns, adding 84 yards on 15 receptions (5.6 avg). He recorded two solo tackles, registered 180 points and generated 3,466 all-purpose yards, an average of 96.28 yards per game...His 3,382 yards rank fourth in school history behind Archie Griffin (5,589; 1972-75), Eddie George (3,768; 1992-95) and Tim Spencer (3,553; 1979-82)...His average of 93.94 yards per game rushing rank third in school annals, topped by Griffin (121.15 ypg) and Jim Otis (94.15 ypg, 1967-69)...Rushed for more than 100 yards 17 times during his career, tying Keith Byars (1982-85) for third on the OSU all-time record list behind Griffin (34) and George (20)...Set the school sophomore rushing record, as his 1,609 yards on the ground in 2007 rank fourth on the Buckeyes single-season record list, surpassed by George (1,927 in 1995), Byars (1,764 in 1984) and Griffin (1,695 in 1974)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 274-1609-5.9-15; Rec: 5-21-4.2-0; 2 Sol-2 TT; Voted team Most Valuable Player … second team All-America (Rivals) … first team all-Big Ten (media, coaches, Rivals) … 1,609 yards for season with 15 touchdowns … ranks fourth among all-tim...2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 104-576-5.5-7; Rec: 2-16-8-0; Played in all 13 games as a true freshman and finished second on the team with 576 yards on 104 carries ... was named the team's outstanding first-year award on offense ... averaged 5.6 yards per rush. Goes by "Beanie," a nickname given to him by his family at a young age.
Trenton Robinson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 6/180 -- Trenton Robinson S, 5-10, 195 Michigan State...Will likely become the team's fourth safety. - The Sports Xchange
*Jerel Worthy heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 2/51 -- Jerel Worthy, DE, 6-2, 308, Michigan State...The first-round prospect's slide down the board enabled the Packers to jump up to get him. Kicking the powerful defensive tackle outside fills a void alongside B.J. Raji. - The Sports Xchange
Brett Swenson heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: XP 34-34, FG 22-28, 40-49: 6-7, 50+ 1-3, Long 50; Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's head coaches and media … Ranked among the NCAA leaders in field goals made (tied for fourth) and scoring (45th) … His 22 field goals made tied MSU's single-season record (Dave Rayner, 2003-04; Paul Edinger, 1998) … Named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week on three occasions (vs. Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin) … After missing his first attempt of the 2008 season in the opener at California, converted a school-record 15 consecutive field goals, breaking the mark previously held by Edinger (13, 1998) … His 15 straight field goals tied the fourth-longest streak in Big Ten history … Went 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts vs. Wisconsin, hitting the game-winner from 44 yards out with seven seconds left, as the Spartans rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 25-24 win … His career-long 50-yarder with 5:16 to play against the Badgers pulled MSU to within 24-22 … Selected as one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after accounting for a career-high 16 points in MSU's 42-29 victory at Indiana in the Big Ten opener … Kicked a career-best four field goals against the Hoosiers, including three from 40-plus yards. 2007: XP 53-54, FG 15-22, 40-49: 3-5, 50+ 0-2, Long 46, 0 TB-1 KO. 2006: XP 33-33, FG 15-19, 40-49: 4-4, 50+ 0-1, Long 46; Named first-team Freshman All-American by Scripps/Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com … Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media … Presented the MSU Downtown Coaches Club Award as the outstanding special teams player … Named one of the Lou Groza Award's Top Three Stars of the Week after his 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left gave Michigan State a 41-38 victory at Northwestern, completing the greatest comeback in NCAA I-A history as the Spartans rallied from a 35-point third-quarter deficit.
*Le'Veon Bell heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 2/48 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, 6-1, 230, Michigan State...Should step right in and start in a backfield that regressed last season and ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing. His 1,793 yards rushing in 2012 was fifth in the country, second-most in MSU history. Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley compared him to Eddie George. - The Sports Xchange
Kirk Cousins heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 4/102 -- Kirk Cousins, QB, 6-3, 214, Michigan State...If the LeRibeus pick was surprising, this one was shocking. If Griffin, whom the Redskins paid a record price to acquire, is as good as they believe, Cousins will only see the field if the former is hurt. - The Sports Xchange
Greg Jones heading into Sr season: 2010: One of 10 players in the nation to earn unanimous first-team All-American honors (The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of American and the Sporting News) . . . was the only repeat selection from the 2009 team to the 2010 AFCA and AP All-America Teams . . . also garnered first-team All-America accolades by SI.com, Phil Steele, CBSSports.com and Scout.com . . . named to the All-Big Ten first team for the third straight year . . . earned the Governor's Award (Team MVP) . . . led the team and ranked seventh in the Big Ten in tackles (8.2 pg; 106 total) . . . tied for team lead team with 10.0 tackles for loss (20 yards) . . . tied for second in Big Ten with three forced fumbles . . . named one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award and one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award . . . also named one of 23 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, which is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year . . .2009: Consensus All-American ranked first in the Big Ten and third in the nation with 154 tackles (11.8 avg.) . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten and tied for 30th in the nation with nine sacks (53 yards) . . . also ranked 10th in the conference and tied for 51st in the FBS with a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss (68 yards) . . . his 154 tackles were the seventh-highest single-season total in MSU history . . .2008: First-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's head coaches and second-team pick by the media . . . first Spartan linebacker to earn All-Big Ten first-team honors since Josh Thornhill in 2001 . . . named to CollegeFootballNews.com's All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . presented MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award . . . started all 13 games (eight at SAM linebacker and five at middle linebacker) . . . led the team in tackles for the second straight season with 127 (80 solos, 47 assists)...2007: Named first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com . . . led the team with 78 tackles in 2007, becoming the first true freshman to lead the Spartans in tackles since Dan Bass made 111 stops in 1976 . . . also ranked first among Big Ten freshmen with 78 stops, including 40 solos and 38 assists . . . ranked third on the team in sacks (4.5 for 25 yards) and fourth in tackles for loss (8.5 for 33) . . . appeared in all 13 games, including seven starts at SAM linebacker.
*Dion Sims heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 4/106 - Dion Sims, TE, 6-5, 262, Michigan State...The Dolphins need a tight end to replace the blocking production of Anthony Fasano, who departed for Kansas City, and drafted one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft in Sims, who played at 285 pounds at Michigan State. Dustin Keller will be the main pass-catching tight end, and Sims, who had 475 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 2012, will likely be ahead of Michael Egnew and Charles Clay as the No. 2 tight end. - The Sports Xchange
Jeremy Langford heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bears' six picks: Round 4/106 - Jeremy Langford, RB, 6-1, 208, Michigan State...With Matt Forte missing minicamp and wanting a contract extension, the Bears could be looking long term with this one. Langford has a running style not unlike Forte's. He had the combine's fastest 40 time for backs (4.43) and is an adept cut-back runner, but lacks ability to break tackles or be a power back. He is far above average at picking up blitzes while pass blocking and at sliding out of the backfield as a receiver. This isn't a back along the lines of the power type coach John Fox has often had in the past. The plan eventually is to use him in a two- or three-back rotation. - The Sports Xchange
Brian Hoyer heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 47-(-105)-(-2.2)-1; Pass: 376-223-59.3-2725-20-11; 2 Sol-2 TT...2006: 8 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 13-(-36)-(-2.8)-0; Pass: 144-82-56.9-863-4-3; Appeared in eight games and completed 82-of-144 passes (.569) for 863 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions . . . Earned his first career starting assignment in the season finale at Penn State with Drew Stanton sidelined with a concussion . . . Threw for 291 yards and a TD against the Nittany Lions, setting personal bests for pass attempts (school-record 61) and completions (30) . . . 2005: 5 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 2-6-3-0; Pass: 23-15-65.2-167-2-0; Saw action in five games at quarterback in 2005. . . Completed 15-of-23 throws (.652) for 167 yards and two touchdowns . . . Hit 4-of-8 passes for 57 yards vs. Northwestern . . . 2004: Redshirted.
Javon Ringer heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 245-1447-5.9-6; Rec: 35-295-8.4-0; Second team All-Big 10. 2006: 8 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 86-497-5.8-1; Rec: 14-96-6.9-1; KR: 4-85-21.2-0; Earned the Biggie Munn Award as the team's most inspirational player . . . Saw action in eight games, including five starts at running back (vs. Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Penn State) . . . Led the Spartans in rushing (497 yards on 86 carries) for the second year in a row, despite missing four-plus games with a torn right MCL . . . Ranked fourth in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in rushing through four games, averaging 108.0 yards per game . . . Appeared to suffer a season-ending knee injury early in the second quarter vs. Illinois, but after four weeks of intensive rehabilitation, he returned to the lineup for the last three games...2005: 11 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 122-817-6.7-5; Rec: 19-138-7.3-0; Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America status from The Sporting News . . . Named to The Sporting News Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . Paced the ground game with 817 yards (122 carries) - the second best single-season rushing total by a true freshman in Spartan history . . . Finished eighth in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 74.3 yards per game . . . Averaged an impressive 6.7 yards per carry and scored five TDs.
Willie Rose heading into rSr season: 2007: Played in every game...is a versatile player who is a solid blocker, runs with power and is a very dangerous pass catching fullback...13 GP; 63-333-5.3, 1TD rushing; 38-264-6.9, 7TDs receiving...2006: Played in eight games following a strong preseason.
Otis Wiley heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 7 GS; 30 Sol-49 TT, 1 TFL, 4 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF...2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 58 Sol-94 TT, 6.5 TFL, 1 SK, 10 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . Won the MSU Downtown Coaches Club Award as the outstanding defensive player . . . Led the Spartans in tackles (94 total), production points (165) and pass break-ups (10) . . . Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in tackles, averaging 7.8 per game . . . Ranked third on the team in tackles for losses (6.5 for 17 yards) . . . 2005: 10 GP; 0 GS; 12 Sol-18 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Appeared in the last 10 games of the 2005 season (DNP vs. Kent State) . . . Totaled 18 tackles (12 solos, 6 assists) . . . Compiled 54 production points on special teams.
*William Gholston heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bucs' picks: Round 4/126 - William Gholston, DE, 6-7, 278, Michigan State...Gholston was among the best players on the No. 1 defense in the Big 10 the past two seasons. While he only produced 10 sacks in three seasons, he has an astounding 30 tackles for losses and is capable of playing either defensive end position. Had 10 passes defensed in 2012. Will be in the rotation as a third-down pass rusher. - The Sports Xchange
Marcellus Bowman heading into rSr season: 2007: Forced to sit out the last five games of the season with an injury...2006: Played in all 13 games...had 12 tackles, including nine solo stops during the season...registered one tackle for loss and recovered one fumble...2005: Redshirted.
Garrett Celek heading into rSr season: 2010: Saw action in two games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . before his injury, caught two passes for 17 yards against the Owls. 2009: Saw action in 10 games . . . solid run blocker . . . had three receptions for 33 yards (11.0 avg.) and a touchdown . . . missed the first three games of the season with a shoulder injury. 2008: Appeared in 12 of 13 games in 2008 (DNP vs. Penn State due to illness) . . . had five starts to his credit when team opened games in a two tight end set (vs. California, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State) . . . had six catches for 50 yards (8.3 avg.) . . . caught his first career touchdown pass, a 3-yarder from Brian Hoyer in the first quarter at Northwestern. 2007: Redshirted. Personal: Son of Steve and Debbie Celek . . . brother Brent earned four letters at Cincinnati (2003-06), then was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Zack Pianalto heading into Sr season: 2010: Pianalto was having an outstanding season before fracturing his right fibula at Virginia. He had surgery to repair his fibula on Friday, Oct. 22, and will missed the remainder of the regular season. Pianalto was leading the team with 30 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown at the time of the injury. At the time of his injury, he ranked second nationally among tight ends in receptions behind Missouri’s Michael Egnew. Pianalto owns the UNC career record for receptions by a tight end with 95. The previous mark of 78 was held by Arnold Franklin, 1982-85...2009: Honorable mention All-ACC selection at tight end ... Posted a career-high 33 receptions for a career-best 334 yards and a touchdown on the season ... Set the school record for catches by a tight end with 33, eclipsing the previous mark of 32 set by Freddie Jones in 1996 ... Had two catchesfor 26 yards vs. Pitt in the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Suffered a subtalar dislocation of his right foot at Connecticut and missed five straight games …2008: Played in seven games and made two starts ... Had seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown on the season ... Suffered a fractured left fibula in the win over No. 20 Georgia Tech and missed the final four games of the year …2007: Started eight games at h-back/tight end ... Finished fourth on the team with 24 catches for 204 yards on the season.
*Edwin Baker heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 7/250 - Edwin Baker, RB, 5-8, 204, Michigan State...The team's final pick went for depth, as Baker could be in line to back up Ryan Mathews. - The Sports Xchange
Will Ta'ufo'ou heading into rSr season: 2007: 11 GP; 4 GS; Rush: 9-52-5.8-0; Rec: 4-48-12-0; A bruising fullback that compiled 52 yards on the ground in 11 games (four starts) … did not have any carries for negative yardage … missed two full games and parts of others due to sprained knee ligament...2006: 13 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 1-2-2-0; Rec: 2-18-9-0; A physical player, who saw time on the field as a fullback and on special teams in all 13 games ... 2005: Saw action in 11 games, primarily on special teams ... was credited with five tackles, including three solo stops...2004: Redshirt ... earned Cal's freshman strength award... last name pronounced tau-FOE-oh.
Charlie Gantt heading into rSr season: 2010: All-Big Ten second-team pick by the media and honorable mention selection by the coaches . . . garnered honorable mention All-America accolades by SI.com . . . named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten second team . . . winner of MSU's Up Front Award, which is awarded to the team's most outstanding offensive lineman . . . has 63 career catches for 911 yards and nine touchdowns . . . the 911 receiving yards are sixth most by a Spartan tight end in school history (record: Chris Baker, 133 catches for 1,705 yards) . . . fourth on the team with 22 catches for 261 yards and three touchdowns in 2010 . . .2009: Started all 13 games at tight end . . . has played in 30 career games with 26 consecutive starts at tight end . . . solid run-blocker who has displayed the ability to go down field and make plays in the passing game . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . named to the midseason watch list for the Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end . . . recorded career highs in catches (22) and receiving yards (348) in 2009 . . . also had two touchdown receptions . . . winner of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award . . .2008: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . presented MSU's Tommy Love Award as the team's most improved player . . . started all 13 games at tight end in 2008 and finished fifth on the team with 19 catches for 302 yards (15.9 avg.) . . . his four touchdown receptions led the team . . . 13 of his 19 catches (68 percent) resulted in a first down or a TD . . . had four receptions for 20-plus yards . . .2007: Appeared in four games (UAB, Indiana, Ohio State and Boston College) to earn his first letter...2006: Redshirted.
Sunny Harris heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-15 TT, 3 TFL, 4 QBH; Made a greater presence as the season wore on as he utilized his size to create an obstacle along the defensive interior. Posted a career-high four tackles (3 unassisted) in the next-to-the-last game of the regular season at UCLA as well as two tackles for loss. Stepped onto the field for 12 of 13 games, including a career-high 45 snaps against the Bruins, to share team's defensive player of the game kudos for his performance in Pasadena...2006: 6 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-3 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU; Was expected to vie for opportunity to provide a major contribution before a torn triceps muscle during fall camp was thought to end the year before it started. Diligently followed his rehabilitation instruction and was able to return for the final six games of the season. Credited with a single-game high two tackles against Portland State in his '06 debut, and logged one quarterback sack for a 10- yard loss vs. Washington...2005: Stepped onto the field for all 12 games, yet 10 snaps against California and Oklahoma were his only two in double figures. Was named scout team's defensive player of the week for aiding preparations vs. Washington...2004: Recognized as scout team's defensive player of the week for aiding preparations heading into game with UCLA.
Terrence Toliver heading into Sr season: 2010: Played and started all 13 games for the Tigers, leading LSU in receiving with 41 catches for 579 yards and five touchdowns ... Ended career with a bang, tying a Cotton Bowl record with a career-best three touchdown receptions in 41-24 win over Texas A&M ... Named the most outstanding offensive player at the Cotton Bowl after catching five passes for 112 yards and three scores ... Caught at least two passes in every game as a senior ... Had best game of regular season in win at Florida with six receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with six seconds left ...2009: Had his most productive season at LSU with 47 catches for 654 yards and three touchdowns ... Played in 12 games with 11 starts ... Only game in which he didn’t start came vs. Louisiana-Lafayette when the Tigers opened in a two tight end set ... Ranked second on team and sixth in the SEC with 3.92 catches per game ... Also second on squad in receiving yards with 54.5 a contest ...2008: Played an important role in LSU’s 3-wide sets and saw action in all 13 games with starts versus Auburn and Ole Miss ... Recorded 22 catches for 257 yards and one touchdown on the year ...2007: Saw action in all 14 games with two starts in 2007... Caught 10 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns ... Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team ... Recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game versus Louisiana Tech, hauling in three passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Tony Lippett heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Dolphins' seven picks: Round 5/156 - Tony Lippett, CB, 6-2, 192, Michigan State...Lippett is an All-Big Ten selection at wide receiver but he'll play cornerback for the Dolphins. Lippett, who has decent size for a receiver but good size for a cornerback, started five games at cornerback as a freshman and two games at both cornerback and wide receiver as a senior. He'll take some time to learn to play cornerback in the NFL but could be valuable because of his versatility. - The Sports Xchange
Keshawn Martin heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 4/121 - Keshawn Martin, WR, 5-11, 189, Michigan State...He should provide depth as a slot receiver, and he has punt return capability that might make Jacoby Jones expendable. He scored five different ways in college, and the coaches like his versatility. - The Sports Xchange
Benjamin Burney heading into rSr season: 2007: Started all 13 games, one of just eight players to start every game for the Buffaloes in 2007...had 55 tackles (37 solo), with four for losses totaling 27 yards, along with eight pass deflections, six third down stops, three touchdown saves, two near-sacks, a tackle for zero and a caused interception...2006: Saw action in all 12 games...recorded 23 tackles on the year, including 14 solo and one for a loss...2005: Played in 11 games, mostly on special teams and in four on defense at cornerback...His father (Jacob) has been the defensive line coach for the Denver Broncos since 2002; he was a four-year starter at defensive tackle at Tennessee-Chattanooga and had tryouts with the Detroit Lions in 1981 and 1982, but injuries cut short his potential NFL career...older brother, Jacob Jr., played defensive tackle at Bucknell, completing his career in 2005.
Blair White heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 1-(-2)-(-2)-0; Rec: 43-659-15.3-1; 2 Sol-3 TT; Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the head coaches and media … Presented Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award … Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third straight year … Presented MSU's Biggie Munn Award as the team's most inspirational player … Led the team in receptions (43) and ranked second in receiving yards (659) … Finished second in the Big Ten in conference games with 71.0 receiving yards per game … Ranked ninth overall in the Big Ten in receiving yards (50.7 ypg.) 2007: 10 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 3-25-8.3-0; 0 Sol-1 TT; Saw action in 10 games, primarily on special teams … Academic All-Big Ten selection … Named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Pittsburgh. 2006: Academic All-Big Ten selection … Appeared in four games in 2006, all on special teams … Named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame. 2005: Redshirted.
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