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Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon

Hometown:
Traverse City, Mich.

High School:
Traverse City West

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 232

Position:
LB

Experience:
4L


Bio in PDF Format | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010


CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner started 49 of 51 career games at linebacker, including 40 consecutive starting assignments . . . finished his career with more starts than any other player in Michigan State history (49) . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss (10th with 29), tackles (12th with 331) and sacks (21st with 9.5).

2010 SEASON (SENIOR): Ranked second on the team and 13th in the Big Ten with 92 tackles (7.1 avg.), which tied his career high . . . named to the All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media . . . first-team All-Big Ten pick by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . also earned second-team All-Big Ten honors by Rivals.com and Phil Steele . . . recipient of the team's Downtown Coaches Club Award (Outstanding Senior, Defense) and also the Iron Man Award . . . made his 48th career start at Penn State in the regular-season finale, setting a school record for starts previously held by former tight end Chris Baker (47 starts from 1998-2001); produced six tackles in the win against the Nittany Lions that clinched a share of the Big Ten title . . . playing in his last game at Spartan Stadium on Senior Day, recorded a season-high 12 tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in comeback win over Purdue . . . tied for team lead with nine tackles against Minnesota, including one for a 3-yard loss, and had a pass break-up that led to Marcus Hyde's 40-yard interception return . . . tied for team high with nine tackles, including a half tackle for loss and a forced fumble, at No. 18 Iowa . . . sealed the win at Northwestern with his second career interception in the final minute of the game; also had six tackles and a 2-yard sack against the Wildcats . . . recorded six tackles, including for a 3-yard loss, in victory against Illinois . . . compiled six tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, in victory at No. 18 Michigan; named a game captain against the Wolverines . . . produced six tackles and a pass break-up in win over No. 11 Wisconsin . . . recorded five tackles against Notre Dame, but left the game in the first half with an injury . . . tied for team high with 11 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (5 yards) and a 4-yard sack, against Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . recorded eight tackles in the season opener against Western Michigan.

2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started all 13 games in 2009 (10 at sam linebacker and three at will linebacker) . . . ranked second on the team in tackles (career high 92) and production points (175), third (tied) in tackles for loss (7.5 for 39 yards) and fourth in sacks (3.5 for 32) . . . finished 16th in the Big Ten in tackles, averaging 7.1 per game . . . registered eight tackles vs. Texas Tech in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl . . . recorded nine tackles and blocked a field-goal attempt in Michigan State's 40-37 victory at Purdue, as the Spartans became bowl eligible for the third-straight year . . . five of his nine stops vs. Purdue were solo hits . . . blocked Carson Wiggs' 50-yard field goal attempt with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter, preventing the Boilermakers from extending their four-point lead (34-30) . . . contributed six tackles and a pass break-up vs. Western Michigan . . . posted nine stops at Minnesota, including five solo hits . . . assisted on seven tackles vs. Iowa . . . played especially well during MSU's three-game winning streak in October, averaging 9.3 tackles (28 total) during the stretch . . . recorded a sack in each of those three victories (vs. Michigan, Illinois and Northwestern) . . . recorded a career-best 14 tackles, including two for losses (8 yards), in MSU's 24-14 Homecoming win over Northwestern . . . made six stops in the Spartans' 24-14 victory at Illinois, including two behind the line of scrimmage (8 yards) . . . produced eight tackles, including 1.5 for losses (15 yards), in MSU's 26-20 overtime victory over No. 22 Michigan . . . produced eight tackles, including a half sack (5 yards), along with a pass break-up at Notre Dame . . . tallied eight tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, vs. Central Michigan.

2008 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started all 13 games at WILL linebacker in 2008 . . . ranked second on the team in tackles (85), third in sacks (3 for 15 yards) and fourth in tackles for loss (7.5 for 27 yards) . . . finished 13th (tied) in the Big Ten in tackles, averaging 6.5 per game . . . led the team in tackles three times . . . also had three pass break-ups . . . tallied five tackles, including a 5-yard sack, in the 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia . . . recorded 10 tackles vs. Purdue for his third career double-figure tackle game . . . posted eight tackles each vs. Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin . . . produced a career-high 11 tackles at Northwestern to go along with a pass break-up . . . made six stops and forced a fumble at Indiana . . . recorded a career-best two pass break-ups vs. Notre Dame and recovered an Irish fumble on the MSU 14-yard line to halt a third-quarter scoring opportunity . . . registered six tackles vs. Florida Atlantic, including 1.5 for losses of 6 yards . . . led team with seven tackles vs. Eastern Michigan, including a stop on a fake field goal from the MSU 4-yard line that prevented a touchdown in the third quarter . . . recorded six tackles, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), in season opener at California.

2007 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by Sporting News . . . saw action in 12 of 13 games, including 10 starts at WILL linebacker . . . sat out the Indiana game with a shoulder injury . . . ranked fourth on the team in production points (154) and fifth in tackles (62) . . . produced 7.5 tackles for losses (22 yards) and two pass break-ups . . . compiled a season-best 24 production points vs. Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl, recording five solo tackles and his first career interception (16-yard return) . . . registered a season-high 10 tackles at Iowa, including one for a 3-yard loss . . . tallied seven stops vs. Northwestern, including one for a 3-yard loss . . . posted five tackles at Notre Dame, including his first career sack (8) . . . made a team-best eight stops vs. Pittsburgh, including one for a 1-yard loss . . . recorded six tackles in his collegiate debut vs. UAB, including five solo hits with one resulting in a 3-yard loss.

2006 SEASON: Named recipient of the Jim Adams Award (unsung hero) after being selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State . . . redshirted . . . named to the 2007 All-Spring Team as selected by Sporting News after averaging 9.0 tackles in three scrimmages.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top 20 inside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 13) . . . ranked among the state's top 10 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 2), the Lansing State Journal (No. 2), The Detroit News (No. 3) and Detroit Free Press (No. 9) . . . nominated to play in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . earned all-state honors from the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press . . . named to The Detroit News Dream Team . . . recorded 124 tackles as a senior, including 21 for losses and five sacks . . . also credited with six forced fumbles and five pass break-ups in 2005 . . . rushed for 950 yards on 108 carries and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior . . . turned in his best all-around performance of the 2005 season in the state playoffs vs. Rockford, registering 12 tackles and gaining 126 yards on 17 carries, including a 53-yard TD run to open the fourth quarter . . . rushed for 110 yards and two TDs on nine attempts vs. Alpena . . . ran for 150 yards and two scores on 17 carries vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill . . scored two rushing TDs vs. Marquette, including a 73-yarder . . . three-year starter for Coach Matt Prisk at Traverse City (Mich.) West High School, helping the Titans to three-straight playoff appearances . . . led the team in tackles (126) and rushing (450 yards) as a junior . . . set school career records for tackles (335), tackles for losses (51) and forced fumbles (10) . . . his prep career totals include 1,400 rushing yards (152 carries) and 23 TDs . . . graduated from Traverse City West with a 3.4 grade-point average . . . attended Michigan State's 2005 summer football camp . . . his grandfather, Don Dohoney (1951-53), played end for Coach Biggie Munn at Michigan State, earning All-America honors in 1953 . . . runs 4.57 in the 40 . . . born Aug. 22, 1987 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources.

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 14, vs. Northwestern (10/17/09)
Tackles for loss: 3.0, vs. Ohio State (10/18/08)
Sacks: 1, six times (last vs. Northwestern, 10/23/10)
Pass Break-ups: 2, vs. Notre Dame (9/20/08)

GORDON'S CAREER STATISTICS

INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2007................ 12 1 16 0 16 16.0 1.3 2008................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2009................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2010................ 13 1 16 0 16 16.0 1.2 TOTAL............... 51 2 32 0 16 16.0 0.6

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2007................ 12 32 30 62 7.5-22 3 0 0 0 2008................ 13 41 44 85 7.5-27 3 1 1 0 2009................ 13 35 57 92 7.5-39 2 1 0 1 2010................ 13 36 56 92 6.5-18 3 1 0 0 TOTAL............... 51 144 187 331 29.0-106 11 3 1 1

SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2007................ 12 1 0 1.0 8 2008................ 13 3 0 3.0 15 2009................ 13 3 1 3.5 32 2010................ 13 2 0 2.0 6 TOTAL............... 51 9 1 9.5 61