Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Penn State head coach James Franklin and players discuss MSU-PSU game.
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and players discuss MSU-Notre Dame game.
Spartan players preview Saturday's game against Notre Dame at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State held its annual media day Monday afternoon in the Izzo Family Media Center inside Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State vs. Rutgers
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CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year senior and three-year letterwinner leads all active players with 163 career tackles . . . also has 6.5 tackles for losses, two sacks, seven pass break-ups, one interception and one fumble recovery in 38 career games (21 starts) . . . returns as the starting Star linebacker in 2018 for the third straight year . . . has started 16 consecutive games, tied for the longest streak on the team . . . his twin brother, David, is a junior safety on the Spartan roster . . . member of the team’s Eagles leadership council.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games at Star linebacker . . . ranked second on the team with a career-high 74 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack, adding four pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery . . . had five or more stops in 10 of the 13 games . . . tallied four tackles against No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl . . . posted one tackle, one pass break-up and one fumble recovery at Rutgers, with the fumble recovery coming on Rutgers’ first play from scrimmage, setting up an MSU field goal to take a 10-0 lead; finished game with 12 production points to rank second among linebackers and overall defense . . . tallied five tackles against Maryland . . . posted four stops at No. 11 Ohio State . . . logged five stops with one QB hurry in victory over No. 7 Penn State . . . tallied seven tackles at Northwestern, again matching his brother for tackle total, and added one pass break-up and one forced fumble . . . notched career-high 10 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, in Indiana win, notching 19 production points to rank second among linebacker unit . . . in win at Minnesota, shared top tackles honor with his brother with seven stops each, including identical five solo and two assists, with one assist with his brother . . . recorded nine tackles, including half a tackle for loss, in win over No. 7 Michigan, including teaming up with his brother on one stop in the first quarter and posting tackle on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, logging tackle on kickoff after MSU TD and adding stop on UM’s first play of ensuing drive . . . notched five tackles against Iowa, including half a tackle for loss, while adding one pass break-up and one QB hurry, finishing with 12 production points, ranking second among linebacking corps and defense . . . named to Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week for his performance against the Hawkeyes . . . was one of game captains for Notre Dame game, posting six stops . . . logged six tackles including one sack (11 yards) against Western Michigan . . . posted five stops in Bowling Green game.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 67 (5.6 avg.) . . . saw action in all 12 games, including eight starts at Star linebacker . . . ranked second on the team in special teams tackles (7), including a team-best five on punt returns . . . recorded six tackles at No. 8 Penn State . . . was starting Star linebacker against No. 2 Ohio State and posted six tackles, including one TFL along with one pass break-up and one QB hurry . . . started Rutgers game and shared the team lead with six tackles, adding game-best two QB hurries . . . logged five tackles including one for loss of 6 yards after starting at Star linebacker at Maryland . . . started Northwestern game at Star linebacker and matched his career high with nine tackles . . . started at Star linebacker vs. BYU and notched new career high with nine stops, logging 11 production points, which led the linebacker corps and was second overall on defense . . . was starting Star linebacker at Indiana and had eight tackles and his first career pass break-up . . . logged four tackles at No. 18 Notre Dame, including first career sack for loss of 6 yards . . . made first career start in Furman game and made a smashing debut, snaring an interception that was selected as ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 No. 1 play of the day . . . tallied eight tackles against the Paladins; named Spartan "The One" team award recipient after posting team-high 18 production points on defense.
2015 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman played in 13 games, primarily on special teams . . . was one of six true freshmen to earn a letter for the Spartans in 2015 . . . collected 22 tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss . . . led team with 10 tackles on special teams (all on kickoffs) . . . tallied three tackles vs. Penn State, including two on kickoffs . . . recorded a career-high seven tackles and recovered a fumble in the win over Air Force; had 12 production points against the Falcons.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 197) . . . rated among the country's top running backs by Scout.com (No. 26) and 247Sports.com (No. 40) . . . listed among the Midwest's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 116) . . . ranked among Ohio's top prospects by Scout.com (No. 10), 247Sports.com (No. 21) and ESPN.com (No. 48) . . . two-year starter for Coach Rick Finotti at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio . . . named to The Associated Press Division I All-Ohio first team and Cleveland.com All-Star Team as a senior . . . selected National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete . . . recorded 153 tackles (93 solos, 60 assists) as a starting safety in 2014, with two for losses, six interceptions and 11 pass break-ups . . . returned three of his six interceptions for TDs . . . rushed 47 times for 241 yards (5.1 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior . . . had 10 receptions for 148 yards (14.8 avg.) and three scores in 2014 . . . led Eagles special teams in production points . . . ran 16 times for 61 yards and a score in St. Edward's 31-21 victory over Huber Heights Wayne in the 2014 Division I state championship game . . . made several big plays down the stretch vs. Wayne, including a 14-yard grab on a third-and-9 play on the Eagles' final scoring drive and rushing for 14 yards on a fourth-and-12 play late to ice the game . . . returned an interception 43 yards for a score and had a 40-yard reception to set up a TD in the regional final/state semifinal vs. Hudson . . . carried 158 times for 968 yards (6.1 avg.) and 13 TDs as a junior . . . had 17 catches for 246 yards (14.5 avg.) and three TDs in 2013 . . . also played basketball and ran track . . . son of Will and Anita Dowell . . . his twin brother, David, is a sophomore safety on the Spartan roster . . . born Nov. 16, 1996 . . . advertising management major.