Red-shirt freshman Jack Conklin ready for collegiate debut as a starter on the offensive line Friday against Western Michigan.
Spring game set for Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Spartans hold sixth spring practice on Tuesday.
Spartans sign 18 players.
2013 NOTES: Second-year player listed as the starter at left tackle . . . has started 11 games (eight at left tackle; three at right tackle) . . . has been credited with 52 knockdowns . . . recorded a team-high five knockdowns against Minnesota . . . had a career-high eight knockdowns against Illinois . . . collected six knockdowns at Nebraska . . . recorded six knockdowns vs. Purdue . . . had seven knockdowns against Indiana . . . started his first game at left tackle at Iowa . . . started at right tackle the first three games of the season (vs. Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State) . . . also saw action at left tackle in the first four games . . . started in his collegiate debut vs. Western Michigan; played 74 snaps against the Broncos and recorded 5.5 knockdowns . . . was a preferred walk-on for the 2012 season and earned a scholarship in the spring of 2013 . . . three-year starter for his father Darren Conklin at Plainwell (Mich.) High School.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Eastern Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter for his father Darren Conklin at Plainwell (Mich.) High School . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Associated Press and The Detroit News as a senior . . . earned first-team All-Wolverine Conference and first-team All-Allegan County honors in 2011 . . . Kalamazoo Gazette Division 1-4 first-team all-area selection as a senior . . . two-way starter saw action at right tackle and defensive end in 2011 . . . led the Trojans in tackles with 80 as a senior . . . recorded 12 tackles for loss, including two sacks . . . registered a career-best 11 stops vs. Edwardsburg . . . two-year starter at center for the Trojan basketball team . . . averaged a double-double as a senior (17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game) . . . contributed 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior . . . also lettered in track (shot put and discus) . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . son of Darren and Jennifer Conklin . . . born Aug. 17, 1994 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science.
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