2009 SEASON (SENIOR): Started 10 games at WILL linebacker and saw action in 12 games . . . started six games in a row before missing the Purdue game with an injury . . . former running back first made the transition to safety before finding a home at linebacker . . . saw action in 45 career games . . . ranked third on the team with a career-high 68 tackles . . . also posted career highs in tackles for loss (4) and sacks (2.5) . . . led team with 13 special teams tackles . . . collected five tackles in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech . . . made nine stops, including a 1-yard sack, vs. Penn State . . . tallied four tackles, including a 4-yard loss, vs. Western Michigan . . . recorded his first career interception at Minnesota and ran the pick back 20 yards, setting up MSU's first TD of the game . . . also tallied five tackles against the Golden Gophers . . . racked up eight tackles, including a 4-yard sack, vs. Iowa . . . collected a career-high 10 tackles against Northwestern . . . posted five tackles, including a half-sack, along with a pass break-up at Illinois . . . registered three tackles, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards) and a quarterback hurry, vs. Michigan . . . tallied five tackles at Notre Dame . . . recorded nine tackles vs. Central Michigan . . . in his first career start, tied for third on the team with four tackles against Montana State.
2008 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 12 games . . . saw time at SAM linebacker in the nickel package and on special teams . . . produced a career-high 31 tackles in 2008, including 1.5 for losses (11 yards) . . . also had three pass break-ups . . . led special teams in tackles with 13 . . . earned Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week honors three times (vs. California, Florida Atlantic and Notre Dame) . . . recorded a career-best seven tackles and a pass break-up at Penn State . . . recorded 1.5 sacks for 11 yards in the home finale vs. Purdue . . . posted four tackles and a pass break-up vs. Wisconsin . . . credited with three stops and a pass break-up vs. Florida Atlantic . . . totaled four tackles vs. Eastern Michigan . . . tallied three tackles and recovered a blocked punt that led to an MSU touchdown in the third quarter in the season opener at California . . . made the transition from safety to linebacker during spring practice.
2007 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Earned his second letter by playing in all 13 games, primarily on special teams . . . collected 10 tackles, including two each vs. Indiana, Purdue and Penn State.
2006 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in the last eight games of the regular season in 2006, primarily on special teams . . . accumulated 47 production points on special teams . . . made one stop each vs. Northwestern and Penn State . . . selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Illinois and Michigan . . . made the transition from running back to strong safety during spring drills.
2005 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter at running back and cornerback for Coach Rufus Pipkins at Willow Run High School in Ypsilanti, Mich. . . . rushed for 750 yards as a senior, including a career-best 210 yards and three touchdowns in the 2004 season finale vs. Inkster . . . averaged 4.4 points and 8.7 rebounds as a power forward on the Willow Run basketball team in 2004-05 . . . four-year starter in center field for the Flyers' baseball team . . . led the ballclub in steals (10) as a junior . . . earned all-conference honors in track and field as a senior, competing in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as the long jump . . . son of Diana Denson . . . born July 22, 1987 . . . participated in the July 2009 Heroes for Kids golf outing, benefiting Saginaw (Mich.) youth recreation programs . . . majoring in criminal justice.
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