Arthur Ray Jr.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio meets with the media before the team's first practice on Saturday.
A record 294 Spartan student-athletes were honored for cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better.
Football Media Center: Georgia
Ray will be honored Jan. 4 at the Discover Orange Bowl.
B.J. Cunningham named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Fifth-year senior provides depth at left guard . . . returned to the football field during 2011 spring practice for the first time in four years following a battle with cancer . . . had his medical disqualification reversed and was cleared to practice by the NCAA on April 7, 2011 . . . participated in the last 11 spring practices in 2011, including two snaps during the Green-White game on April 30 . . . had not played football since Jan. 4, 2007, when he took park in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl high school all-star game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . two months after signing a National Letter of Intent with MSU in February 2007, began chemotherapy to treat a cancerous tumor, located on the mid shift of his left leg near the calf . . . did not enroll at Michigan State in the fall of 2007 after recovering from successful surgery to remove the cancerous tumor . . . enrolled at MSU in spring 2008 but had to leave due to an infection in his leg . . . since the original procedure, underwent three additional bone-graft surgeries, most recently in December 2008 . . . was on crutches for two years and listed on the inactive roster for the 2009 and 2010 seasons . . . cleared by doctors for conditioning in January 2011 prior to being activated during spring practice.
2011 SEASON: Named the winner of the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl/Football Writers Association of America Courage Award . . . recipient of the team's "Biggie" Munn Award for most inspirational player . . . started at left guard in his MSU debut vs. Youngstown State, as senior captain Joel Foreman volunteered his starting position . . . also saw action vs. Florida Atlantic and Indiana.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by Scout.com (No. 37), Rivals.com (No. 55) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 55) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 63) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All- Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 9) and Scout.com (No. 11) . . . two-year starter for Coach Frank Lenti at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Ill., where he helped the Caravan to a combined record of 25-3, including back-to-back trips to the state finals . . . first-team (Class 8A) all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune . . . also earned all-area honors . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Caravan average 222.2 rushing yards and 30.5 points per game en route to a 12-2 record in 2006 . . . son of Arthur Ray Sr. and Adrian Ray . . . born May 26, 1989 . . . received his bachelor's degree in communication in 2012.