Spartan Football All-Access takes you inside the Michigan State Football program. This episode includes an inside look the work ten Spartans did as they traveled to Houston to help with the aftermath from Hurricane Harvey as well as an in depth look at the battle against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
USATSI photos from Michigan State football vs. Penn State - Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
USATSI Gallery - Western Michigan @ Michigan State
USATSI Gallery - Bowling Green at Michigan State
CAREER NOTES: Third-year player is a starting wide receiver . . . can also return kicks and punts . . . attended the same high school of current Spartan wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel . . . has 46 catches for 479 yards as part of 901 all-purpose yards in 21 career games with five starts.
2017 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Emerging playmaker ranks second on MSU in all-purpose yards (762) and leads teams in plays of 20+ yards (13), while also ranking second in receptions (43), receiving yards (450) and receiving average per game (40.9) . . . has led MSU in all-purpose yards in three of the 11 games, topping career high the first two games . . . 24 of his 43 catches have gone for either a first down or a touchdown . . . has been named to Pro Football Focus Team of the Week twice (vs. Northwestern and Penn State) . . . had two catches for 15 yards and one rush for 1 yard at No. 11 Ohio State . . . snared five catches for 65 yards, including a 7-yard TD catch in win over No. 7 Penn State, including first and ending catch of Spartans’ first scoring drive of game, starting drive with 25-yard reception before capping drive with 7-yard TD catch . . . additionally had another 25-yard catch on a third-and-10 play and also had a 6-yard catch on MSU’s game-winning drive . . . had career-highs with 11 catches for 98 yards at Northwestern, adding 27 rushing yards on two carries, finishing with 125 all-purpose yards . . . had six catches for 49 yards in fourth quarter alone, with five for 42 yards coming on MSU’s game-tying scoring drive against the Wildcats, including a 12-yard catch and run play on fourth-and-4 from the NU 30, setting up Spartans’ game-tying TD on the next snap . . . snared three catches for 27 yards against Indiana, including a 15-yard catch on drive resulting in MSU field goal . . . had one catch for 25 yards at Minnesota, adding two rushes . . . tallied three catches for 42 yards in Michigan game, including a 30-yard catch on third down to set up MSU’s second TD of the game, adding three rushes for 13 yards . . . had one catch for 11 yards, while adding one rush for 1 yard in Iowa game . . . scored first career touchdown against Notre Dame on an acrobatic 4-yard catch, pulling ball away from the ND defender . . . tied career high with six catches for 41 yards against Notre Dame; added career-best 79 yards on kick returns, highlighted by career-long 32-yard return, along with 2 yards rushing, to finish with game-best 122 all-purpose yards . . . tallied 159 all-purpose yards (career-high 70 rushing, 33 receiving, 51 kick return, 5 punt return) against Western Michigan . . . posted career highs of six receptions for 85 yards and finished with 150 all-purpose yards (85 receiving, 28 rush, 22 kick return, 15 punt return) in season-opener against Bowling Green . . . named recipient of the Spartan “The One” and Offensive Player of the Week team awards.
2016 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in 10 games with one start (Illinois) to earn his first letter . . . had three receptions for 29 yards . . . returned five kickoffs for 107 yards (21.4 avg.) . . . notched one catch for 5 yards and one rush for 2 yards vs. Rutgers . . . made first career start at Illinois and had one catch for 8 yards . . . had first catch as a Spartan vs. No. 11 Wisconsin, and added two kick returns for 29 yards . . . returned one kickoff at No. 18 Notre Dame for 26 yards . . . saw first action as a Spartan in Furman game, tallying two kick returns for 52 yards, with a long of 27 yards, as well as one rush for 1 yard.
2015 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Oregon.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top safeties by Scout.com (No. 51) . . . rated among the country's top athletes by 247Sports.com (No. 58) . . . listed among the state's Top 100 seniors by Scout.com (No. 79), 247Sports.com (No. 93) and Houston Chronicle . . . four-year starter for Coach Robert Toomer at Nimitz High School in Houston, Texas . . . selected District 18-6A MVP as a senior . . . threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns in 2014 . . . rushed 58 times for 384 yards (6.6 avg.) and two scores as a senior . . . had 19 receptions for 468 yards (24.6 avg.) and four TDs in 2014 . . . accounted for 285 combined kick return yards (eight returns; 35.6 avg.) as a senior . . . also recorded 32 tackles, two interceptions, five pass break-ups and one defensive TD in 2014 . . . had two catches for 118 yards and two scores, including an 80-yard TD grab, vs. Aldine . . . also posted a season-high nine tackles vs. Aldine . . . set career highs for receptions (10), receiving yards (207) and TD catches (2) vs. MacArthur . . . carried 16 times for a career-best 220 yards (13.8 avg.) and two TDs vs. Worthing, including a career-long 82-yard run . . . named District 18-5A All-Purpose Player of the Year as a junior . . . caught 20 passes for 282 yards (14.1 avg.) and three TDs in 2013 . . . returned eight kickoffs for 169 yards (21.1 avg.) and six punts for 134 yards (22.3 avg.) and a TD as a junior . . . tallied 23 tackles, an interception and four pass break-ups in 2013 . . . had three catches for 77 yards and one score vs. Alief Taylor . . . was chosen District 18-5A All-Purpose Player of the Year as a sophomore . . . produced 294 yards of total offense and three TDs in 2012 . . . had 39 career receptions for 750 yards (19.2 avg.) and six TDs . . . threw for 611 career yards, five TDs and six interceptions . . . his career rushing totals include 82 attempts for 860 yards (10.5 avg.) and five scores . . . two-year letterman for the Cougar basketball team . . . also lettered in track . . . attended the same high school of current Spartan wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel . . . son of Tamara Johnson . . . born July 14, 1996 . . . criminal justice major.