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Connor Heyward
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Connor  Heyward

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Duluth, Ga.

High School:
Peachtree Ridge

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 219

Position:
RB

Experience:
HS

10/18/2017

Player Quotes: Indiana

Spartan players preview MSU's Homecoming game against Indiana Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

Game-by-Game Statistics: 2017 

CAREER NOTES:
Talented, versatile athlete who will make immediate contribution as running back and kick returner . . . his late father, Craig, played college football at Pittsburgh before spending 11 years in the NFL with New Orleans (1988-1991), Chicago (1992), Atlanta (1994-95), St. Louis (1997) and Indianapolis (1998); he rushed for 4,301 career yards and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1995 with the Falcons . . . his oldest brother, Cameron, was a 2011 NFL first-round draft choice (No. 31 overall) out of Ohio State and just finished his sixth season in the NFL with the Steelers (2011-16) as a defensive end . . . also has an older brother, Corey, who played basketball at Georgia Tech (2013-17).

2017 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Has played in 10 games, making Spartan debut against Western Michigan . . . leads team with 18 kick returns for 379 kick return yards (21.1 avg.) . . . has 394 all-purpose yards (41.4 ypg) . . . had one kick return for 21 yards against Maryland . . . tallied 87 kick return yards on season-high seven kick returns at No. 11 Ohio State . . . posted even 100 all-purpose yards in win over No. 7 Penn State on four kick returns with a long of 28 yards . . . had 44 all-purpose yards at Northwestern with two kick returns for 36 yards, one catch for 5 yards and two rushes for 3 yards, which were first rushing attempts this season . . . had one kick return for 20 yards in Indiana and was also on offense, attempting one pass that was knocked down in the end zone . . . had smashing debut as kick returner in Minnesota game, posting three returns for 115 yards (38.3 ypr) with a long of 55-yards, steam-rolling tackler on way out-of-bounds . . . caught first pass of Spartan career at Michigan for 2 yards.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:
Versatile athlete played five different positions (quarterback, receiver, running back, safety, punter) and was a three-year starter on varsity for Coach Mark Fleetwood at Peachtree Ridge High School . . . ranked among the top players in Georgia by ESPN.com (No. 58) and 247Sports (No. 96) . . . listed one of the top all-purpose athletes in the nation by 247Sports (No. 64), Scout.com (No. 67) and ESPN.com (No. 91) . . . rated one of the top all-purpose athletes in Georgia (No. 11) and the South (No. 30) by Scout.com . . . named first-team All-Gwinnett County and was an honorable mention all-state choice . . . selected for the 2016 Gwinnett All-Star Game . . . team captain had 47 receptions for 580 yards, including six touchdown catches, as a senior in 2016 . . . ran for 250 yards on 57 carries and accounted for 10 rushing TDs . . . on defense, started every game at safety and totaled 71 tackles, seven pass break-ups and three interceptions . . . also had a 37.0-yard punting average . . . ended his varsity career with more than 125 receptions and 35 total touchdowns . . . four-year starter on the basketball team . . . son of Charlotte and the late Craig Heyward . . . born Jan. 22, 1999 . . . his late father, Craig, played college football at Pittsburgh before spending 11 years in the NFL with New Orleans (1988-1991), Chicago (1992), Atlanta (1994-95), St. Louis (1997) and Indianapolis (1998); he rushed for 4,301 career yards and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1995 with the Falcons . . . his oldest brother, Cameron, was a 2011 NFL first-round draft choice (No. 31 overall) out of Ohio State and just finished his sixth season in the NFL with the Steelers (2011-16) as a defensive end . . . also has an older brother, Corey, who played basketball at Georgia Tech (2013-17) . . . no-preference major.

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