Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Penn State head coach James Franklin and players discuss MSU-PSU game.
White set a Spartan freshman single-game record with 165 receiving yards at Northwestern.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Indiana head coach Tom Allen and players discuss MSU-Indiana game.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and players discuss MSU-Iowa game.
Spartan Football All-Access takes you inside the Michigan State Football program. This episode includes an inside look of the walk-on to scholarship story of defensive end, Kenny Willekes, a look into the life of Executive Director of Player Personnel, Sheldon White and an depth view to the triple overtime thriller against the Northwestern Wildcats.
USATSI photos from Michigan State football vs. Penn State - Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
USATSI photos from Michigan State vs. Indian - Saturday Oct. 21, 2017
USATSI Gallery - Western Michigan @ Michigan State
CAREER NOTES: Talented first-year player expected to make immediate contribution to wide receiver corps . . . his father, Sheldon, is the executive director of player personnel and recruiting for the Spartans and previously worked 19 seasons in the front office with the Detroit Lions; he played defensive back in the NFL for six seasons (1988-93).
2017 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Has played in all 10 games and has started the last three games . . . has erupted in last four games with 25 catches for 357 yards (14.3 ypc) over that span, with 14 going for first downs, in last four games vs. Indiana, Northwestern, Penn State and Ohio State . . . leads team and ranks 18th in B1G in yards per catch (13.6), along with tying for second on team in TD receptions (2), while now third on team in receptions (30), yards (407) and yards per game (40.7) . . . 17 of 30 total catches have gone for first down or touchdown . . . snared game-high five catches to go with team-best 42 yards at No. 11 Ohio State, adding one rush for 5 yards . . . posted five receptions for 51 yards in win over No. 7 Penn State . . . had breakout game at Northwestern in first career start with nine catches for 165 yards and two TDs, with a long of 60-yards, that is MSU’s longest pass play of season, earning Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors . . . the 165 receiving yards were the most by a Spartan freshman in a single game in school history and 19th-most overall by an MSU wide receiver . . . it also marked the third-most receiving yards by a Spartan against Northwestern . . . hauled in a career-high nine catches and two touchdowns (6 yards in first quarter, 11 yards in second overtime) . . . also had a 45-yard reception on third-and-18 in the fourth quarter . . . entered Indiana game with five catches for 50 yards and more than doubled that by erupting for six catches for 99 yards against the Hoosiers, adding a 3-yard rush, with four catches and the one rush going for a first down, adding three punt returns . . . with MSU facing third-and-9 at midfield with 2:43 to play, snared a career-long 34-yard catch and run setting up Spartans at the IU 18, and they scored game-sealing win on next play; also had a 16-yard catch on third-and-19 from the IU 49, setting up a fourth-down play that MSU converted on first TD drive . . . was named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week against Indiana and was also named to Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week . . . had one catch for 0 yards at Minnesota, but sealed Spartan victory by catching and covering onside kick in the waning moments of the game . . . had season-long 17-yard catch vs. Iowa . . . had two catches for 21 yards against Notre Dame, and also caught a 2-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter . . . made Spartan debut against Bowling Green and had one catch for 12 yards in the game.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Winner of the Michigan Mr. Football Award played a multitude of positions for Coach Mike Zdebski at Walled Lake Western, including wide receiver, quarterback, running back, safety, cornerback, punter, placekicker and return specialist . . . selected to the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News All-State Dream Teams . . . named to The Associated Press 2016 Division 1-2 All-Michigan First Team as a specialist . . . chosen to USA TODAY's All-USA Michigan First Team . . . named captain of the Detroit Free Press All-North First Team . . . selected to Detroit News All-Metro North Team . . . named to the PrepStar All-Midwest Region Team . . . named a finalist for the Detroit Athletic Club Michigan High School Athlete of the Year . . . team captain helped lead Walled Lake Western to a 12-2 record and a berth in the Division 2 state championship game as a senior . . . ranked among the top wide receiver prospects in the nation by Scout.com (No. 51), 247Sports (No. 58), Rivals.com (No. 62), and ESPN.com (No. 88) . . . rated one of the best overall players in the Midwest by ESPN.com (No. 54) and the No. 7 wide receiver in the Midwest by Scout.com . . . listed as the No. 3 wide receiver prospect in Michigan by Scout.com and Rivals.com . . . named one of the top four players in the state of Michigan by MLive . . . also rated one of the best players in the state by the Lansing State Journal (No. 6), The Detroit News (No. 7), Detroit Free Press (No. 11), Rivals.com (No. 12), ESPN.com (No. 13) and 247Sports (No. 13) . . . nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . named Oakland County Offensive Player of the Year by MIPrepZone.com . . . collected more than 3,200 all-purpose yards in his high school career at Walled Lake Western, including 102 receptions for 1,853 yards and 18 receiving TDs . . . versatile athlete finished his senior season with 43 catches for 705 receiving yards (16.4 avg.) and nine TDs . . . also was 31-of-68 passing for 638 passing yards and nine TDs . . . accounted for 576 rushing yards on 53 carries (10.9 avg.) . . . also punted 28 times and returned seven kicks . . . started the first three games of the season at quarterback . . . completed 10-of-13 throws for 171 yards and four touchdowns, and also carried three times for 33 yards and another touchdown, in the first half of the 41-14 season-opening victory over Farmington at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 25 . . . accounted for four touchdowns in the 33-30 win over Canton on Sept. 1; was 9-of-21 passing for 190 yards and two TDs, and rushed for 101 yards and two TDs . . . led the Warriors on a nine-play, 68-yard drive late in the fourth quarter for the win, capped by a 29-yard TD pass with 37 seconds remaining . . . completed 11-of-16 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns in the 48-34 win over Northville on Sept. 9 . . . returned to his role as a starting wide receiver against Walled Lake Central in Week 4 and caught seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns . . . had two interceptions in the Week 8 win over White Lake Lakeland . . . led the Warriors to the KLAA Lakes Conference title in Week 9 with nine catches for 117 yards and three TDs against Brighton, setting the school record for most career touchdown receptions . . . scored three total touchdowns and rushed for 110 yards in the state semifinal win over Lowell . . . returned an interception 23 yards in the state title game against Detroit Martin Luther King High School . . . as a junior, caught 49 passes for 927 yards and eight touchdowns in helping the Warriors reach the Division 2 semifinals . . . named to the 2015 Detroit News and Detroit Free Press All-State Team . . . also played baseball and basketball and ran track . . . team captain of the baseball and basketball teams . . . three-time KLAA All-Academic selection and two-time first-team All-KLAA selection in basketball . . . named first-team All-KLAA centerfielder his senior season . . . as a junior, was a first-team all-district outfielder and played seven different positions . . . two-time city high jump champion . . . as a senior, qualified for the state track championships in the long jump and 4 x 100 meters . . . had a 3.6 grade-point average and was involved in student government at Walled Lake Western . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . son of Sheldon and Amy White . . . born Nov. 28, 1998 . . . plans to major in business . . . his father, Sheldon, is the executive director of player personnel and recruiting for the Spartans and previously worked 19 seasons in the front office with the Detroit Lions; he played defensive back in the NFL for six seasons (1988-93).