Spartans set to return 19 starters on offense and defense.
Spartans defeat Cougars by a final score of 42-17.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and players discuss Holiday Bowl win.
No. 16 Spartans preparing to square off with No. 18 Washington State on Dec. 28 in San Diego.
Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie wins Governor's Award for most valuable player.
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CAREER NOTES: Third-year player is in his first season as the starting quarterback . . . member of the team’s Eagles leadership council . . . has played in 16 career games, including 14 starts (9-5 record) . . . has completed 58.3 percent of his passes (264-of-453) in his career for 2,961 yards, with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while rushing for 635 yards on 131 career carries (4.8 ypc) with five touchdowns . . . suffered season-ending injury (broken tibia) in the fourth quarter of the Michigan game last season but fully participated in spring practice..
2017 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . named recipient of the MSU Outstanding Underclass Back Award on offense . . . owns school single-game records for passing yards (445 vs. Northwestern), completions (39 vs. Northwestern) and total offense (475 yards vs. Northwestern) . . . is the only quarterback in school history to throw for at least 400 yards in back-to-back games (school-record 445 vs. Northwestern; 400 vs. Penn State) and one of just three in the Big Ten in the last 20 years (Drew Brees, Purdue, 1998; C.J. Bacher, Northwestern, 2007) . . . ranks third in the B1G and 38th in FBS in total offense (255.5 ypg), along with ranking fourth in the conference and 35th in the country in completions per game (19.42), as well as fifth in the B1G and 48th in FBS in passing yards (2,580), fifth in the league and 53rd in the nation in passing yards per game (215.0 ypg) and sixth in the conference and 44th in the country in passing TDs (17) . . . has 3,066 yards of total offense, which is a Spartan sophomore single-season record (previous: Connor Cook with 2,831 in 2013), and No. 6 on MSU’s single-season total offense list . . . also ranks among the Big Ten leaders in points responsible for per game (sixth at 11.07), points responsible for (sixth at 134), completion percentage (seventh at .588), rushing yards (19th with 486), rush- ing attempts per game (21st with 9.17) and rushing yards per game (21st with 40.50) . . . has completed 233-of-396 passes (.588) for 2,580 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while rushing for 486 yards on 111 carries (4.4 ypc) . . . the 2,580 yards is No. 13 on MSU’s single-season passing list, while the 17 TDs is No. 15 on Spartans’ single-season TD list . . . has six games with 200+ yards passing, including two games with 400+ yards . . . second among all B1G QBs for total rushing (486), rushing yards per carry (4.4) and yards per game (40.8), behind Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (732 yards / 4.9 ypc / 56.3 ypg), but has 39 fewer carries in playing one less game, and also ranks third in rushing TDs (5) behind Barrett (10) and Penn State’s Trace McSorley (10) . . . is the seventh MSU QB with 400 rushing yards in a single-season, as the 486 rushing yards are the most rushing yards by a Spartan QB since Drew Stanton’s 445 yards rushing in 2006 . . . needs 14 yards to become just the fourth MSU QB with 500 rush - ing yards in a season . . . has posted five rushes of 20+ yards, highlighted by 61-yard TD run vs. Western Michigan, which is MSU’s longest offensive play of the season . . . has two rushing TDs of 20+ yards, which are tied for the team lead . . . has recorded a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in the same game twice this season (Western Michigan and Michigan) . . . led team in rushing through first five games of the season; currently ranked second (489 yards on 111 carries; 40.8 ypg) . . . tallied 53 yards rushing on 12 carries with one TD, while passing for 222 yards on 21-of-31 with one TD at Rutgers . . . rushed for 63 yards on five carries (12.6 ypc), including a 25-yard scamper for a TD against Maryland, which was MSU’s longest offensive play in the snowy, muddy conditions . . . threw for 131 yards on 18-of-36 passing at No. 11 Ohio State . . . had another standout game in leading Spartans to win over No. 7 Penn State, becoming first Spartan quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games after throwing for a school-record 445 yards at Northwestern, and for 400 against Penn State . . . the 400 yards tied for the second-most yards by a Spartan QB in a single game (Bill Burke with 400 in win over Michigan in 1999) . . . finished the game 33-of- 56 passing . . . completed six passes of 20-plus yards . . . also had 425 yards of total offense, second in school history behind only his 475 at Northwestern . . . was 9-of-14 for 156 yards on third down in the game . . . was also the holder on the game-winning field goal by Matt Coghlin . . . named to PFF Big Ten Team of the Week . . . had banner day at Northwestern, setting school single-game records for passing yards (445), total offense (475) and completions (39) . . . the 57 passing attempts also marked a career high and tied for the second most in school history (record: 61 by Brian Hoyer vs. Penn State in 2006) . . . MSU’s previous single-game records were 400 passing yards (Bill Burke vs. Michigan, 1999), 416 yards of total offense (Connor Cook vs. Indiana, 2015) and 35 completions (Jeff Smoker vs. Ohio State, 2003) . . . also threw a career-high four touchdowns, tied for the second most in school history (accomplished 13 previous times) . . . on MSU’s 12-play, 88-yard game-tying touchdown drive at the end of the fourth quarter, was 10-of-11 for 88 yards on the drive, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Felton Davis III . . . finished the game against Indiana 16-of-29 passing for 185 yards and one touchdown, a 10-yard strike to Felton Davis III in the fourth quarter that put MSU on top, 10-9 . . . on the last two drives of the game, both for touchdowns, was 5-of-7 passing for 73 yards, connecting on last five throws in a row, also part of blocking convoy for Davis’ 16-yard run that set up MSU’s second TD of game . . . threw for 120 yards on 9-of-18 passing at Minnesota with one INT, adding 9 yards on four rushes . . . was 11-of-22 passing for 94 yards with one TD in leading MSU to win at No. 7 Michigan, while also leading team with 61 rushing yards on 15 carries . . . had a 14-yard TD scamper in the first quarter, diving into end zone, also dove for a pivotal first down late in fourth quarter . . . recorded his third 200-yard passing game of the season, completing 18-of-28 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns against Iowa, and also led the Spartans in rushing with 42 yards on the ground, including a 15-yard scramble on a key third-and-12 late in the fourth quarter . . . finished with 254 yards of total offense against the Hawkeyes . . . was 31-of-55 passing for 340 yards and two TDs against Notre Dame while recording 396 yards of total offense, sixth most by a Spartan in a single game . . . ran for a career-high 81 yards vs. Western Michigan, the most by a Spartan quarterback since Drew Stanton had 83 against Purdue in Nov. 4, 2006 . . . scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 61-yard run in the first quarter, the longest TD run by a Spartan quarterback since Charlie Baggett on Oct. 27, 1973 vs. Purdue (69 yards) . . . it tied the longest rush by a Spartan QB since Damon Dowdell also had a 61-yard run against Wisconsin on Nov. 13, 2004 . . . also had a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter . . . became the first Spartan QB to record two rushing TDs in a single game since Drew Stanton in 2006 against Eastern Michigan (Sept. 9) . . . finished with 242 yards of total offense, as he was 13-of-21 passing for 161 yards and one touchdown . . . started season opener against Bowling Green and recorded then-career highs in passing yards (250), completions (22), attempts (33), passing touchdowns (3), total offense (319 yards) and longest pass (40) in earning his first career win as a starting quarterback . . . also rushed eight times for 69 yards . . . collected team “Burst of the Week” award.
2016 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in four games, including two starts (Northwestern, Maryland) . . . completed 31-of-57 passes (.544) for 381 yards and two touchdowns . . . ranked third on team with 149 rushing yards on 21 carries (7.1 avg.) . . . came off the bench vs. No. 2 Michigan and was 6-of-10 passing for 100 yards with a 20-yard TD pass to Monty Madaris, as well as a career-long 34-yard pass, and added a career-long tying 24-yard run before suffering season-ending injury (broken tibia) in fourth quarter . . . made second consecutive start at Maryland and finished 11-of-24 passing for 156 yards and an interception . . . the 24 passing attempts and 156 yards marked career highs . . . also rushed for a career-high 79 yards on 10 carries (7.9 avg.) against the Terrapins . . . made first career start vs. Northwestern, becoming the first Spartan freshman to start at quarterback since Stephen Reaves (Sept. 11, 2004 vs. Central Michigan) . . . completed 12-of-19 passes for 99 yards against the Wildcats and threw his first career TD, hitting Josiah Price for a 15-yard scoring strike; helped MSU set school record for single-game passing yards with 424 . . . his first pass of the game was his longest of the day for 33 yards to R.J. Shelton . . . added team-leading seven rushes for 30 yards, including career-long rush of 24 yards, against the Wildcats . . . made Spartan debut vs. Wisconsin, going 2-of-4 for 26 yards passing with long of 16 yards, adding one rush for 16 yards.
2015 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Western Michigan and Ohio State).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among ESPN.com's Top 300 prospects (No. 270) . . . ranked among the nation's top quarterbacks by ESPN.com (No. 11 pocket passer), 247Sports.com (No. 19 pro style) and Scout.com (No. 39) . . . listed among the West's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 43) . . . also rated among Arizona's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 3), 247Sports.com (No. 4) and Scout.com (No. 6) . . . participated in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, California . . . compiled a 19-5 record (.792) as a two-year starter for Coach Dana Zupke at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona . . . Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Division 1 all-state selection as a senior . . . named 2014 Division 1 All-Section 5 Player of the Year . . . selected Paradise Valley Unified School District Offensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . accounted for a school-record 3,426 total yards and 46 touchdowns in 2014 . . . completed 144-of-291 throws (.495) for 2,469 yards, 34 TDs and seven interceptions as a senior . . . recorded seven 200-yard passing games as a senior, including six straight during a midseason stretch . . . produced a career-high 438 total yards and four TDs (three passing and one rushing) vs. Highland . . . threw for a season-best 309 yards and five scores vs. Horizon . . . also had five TD passes vs. O'Connor (connected on 17-of-32 throws for 252 yards) . . . set career highs for carries (117), rushing yards (957) and rushing TDs (12) in 2014 . . . posted five 100-yard rushing games as a senior, including 15 attempts for a career-best 178 yards and one score vs. Highland . . . scored a career-high three rushing TDs vs. North Canyon (11 rushes for 100 yards) . . . named 2013 Division 1 All-Section 5 quarterback . . . accounted for 3,244 total yards and 36 TDs as a junior . . . hit 167-of-316 passes (.528) for a career-high 2,780 yards, 33 TDs and nine interceptions in 2013 . . . had nine 200-yard passing games as a junior, including the last five in a row . . . completed 15-of-26 throws for 355 yards and a school-record six TDs vs. Mountain View . . . hit 18-of-32 passes for a school-record 382 yards and five scores vs. Horizon . . . rushed 93 times for 464 yards (5.0 avg.) and three TDs in 2013 . . . set six school single-game and nine single-season passing records . . . holds all Pioneer career passing records . . . produced 7,090 career total yards and 87 TDs (71 passing and 16 rushing) . . . completed 333-of-648 passes (.514) for 5,523 yards, 71 TDs and 17 interceptions . . . recorded 16 career 200-yard passing games, including four 300-yard efforts . . . his career rushing totals include 228 attempts for 1,567 yards (6.9 avg.) and 16 TDs . . . son of David and Angela Lewerke . . . born Oct. 24, 1996 . . . economics major.