2009 SEASON (SENIOR): Saw action in all 13 games . . . played in 40 career games with eight starts . . . had 14 tackles in 2009 . . . named to CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team for his 3.62 GPA in finance . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third time in his career . . . graduated in December 2009 with a degree in finance . . . recorded one tackle in 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech . . . collected two stops vs. Penn State . . . recorded two tackles vs. Iowa . . . recovered a fumble in the third quarter vs. Northwestern that led to MSU's first touchdown of the game . . . also produced two tackles against the Wildcats . . . compiled three tackles at Wisconsin . . . had a quarterback hurry at Notre Dame . . . recorded three tackles in the season opener vs. Montana State.
2008 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team . . . presented Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second time in his career . . . appeared in all 13 games in 2008, including eight starting assignments at middle linebacker . . . finished fifth on the team in tackles (career-high 56 total) and sixth in tackles for loss (6.0) . . . did not see as many snaps against spread offenses . . . credited with seven stops vs. Wisconsin . . . registered a career-high 10 tackles vs. Ohio State, including one for a loss . . . selected Spartan Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Iowa . . . produced eight tackles against the Hawkeyes, including a 3-yard tackle for loss against Shonn Greene on a fourth-and-inches play from the MSU 21 with 2:10 left in the game to preserve a 16-13 victory . . . made eight tackles vs. Notre Dame, including 1.5 for loss . . . registered six tackles vs. Florida Atlantic, including one for a 2-yard loss . . . collected four tackles vs. Eastern Michigan, including a stop on a fake field goal from the MSU 4-yard line that prevented an EMU touchdown in the third quarter . . . recorded seven tackles in his first career start at California.
2007 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Sat out all but two games due to an injury . . . played against UAB and Boston College . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Northwestern and vs. Iowa).
2006 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in all 12 games in 2006 . . . recorded 10 tackles (3 solos, 7 assists) and 36 special teams production points . . . made a season high three stops vs. Eastern Michigan.
2005 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's top 30 seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 17), The Detroit News (No. 25) and Detroit Free Press (No. 29) . . . two-year starter at linebacker for Coach Al Fracassa at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. . . . also saw action at tight end . . . earned all-state honors in 2004 . . . named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press All-North Teams as a senior . . . All-Metro selection by The Detroit News in 2004 . . . led the Warriors in tackles as a junior and senior . . . recorded 118 tackles, including 8.5 sacks, and two interceptions while anchoring a defensive unit that allowed only 7.6 points per game en route to the 2004 Catholic League title . . . forced and recovered two fumbles as a senior plus blocked a punt . . . made 124 tackles as a junior . . . son of Michael and Cheryl Decker . . . father earned three letters as a linebacker at Michigan State from 1977-79, playing for Coach Darryl Rogers . . . brother Mike played offensive line at Central Michigan (2006-07) . . . born July 15, 1987. . . participated in the July 2009 Heroes for Kids golf outing, benefiting Saginaw (Mich.) youth recreation programs . . . majoring in finance.
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