Spartans and Horned Frogs ready to meet in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Football Media Center: TCU
In the first six seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio, 70 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten.
Seventy-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
No. 10 Spartans prepare to host No. 20 Notre Dame Saturday night in Spartan Stadium.
CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner has recorded 13 tackles in 28 career games.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in all 13 games to earn his second letter . . . saw action primarily on special teams . . . produced a tackle at Minnesota . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second-straight year . . . made the move from linebacker to defensive end during spring practice . . . collected five tackles for the Green, including 2.0 for losses (10 yards) with an 8-yard sack, in the April 28 spring game
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 14 games to earn his first letter . . . recorded 11 tackles and forced two fumbles . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . compiled a career-high three tackles and had a quarterback hurry vs. Indiana . . . tallied two tackles at Iowa and forced a fumble on a kickoff late in the second quarter against the Hawkeyes that led to an MSU touchdown . . . posted two stops against Central Michigan . . . forced a fumble and recorded two tackles at Notre Dame.
2010 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made his only appearance of the 2010 season in Week 4 vs. Northern Colorado and posted a tackle . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week three times (vs. Western Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota).
2009 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Montana State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 59) . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 15) and Tom Lemming (No. 24) . . . rated among the country's top weakside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 24) . . . listed among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), Lansing State Journal (No. 13) and The Detroit News (No. 14) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . named to The Detroit News (Division 5-6) and Detroit Free Press (Division 5) All-State Teams . . . selected to The Detroit News All-Metro West and Detroit Free Press All-West Teams . . . three-year starter for Coach Ryan Irish at Clarenceville High School in Livonia, Mich. . . . two-time Metro Conference Defensive MVP . . . recorded 100 tackles in 2008, with 15 resulting in losses including five sacks, and forced five fumbles . . . had 12 catches for 225 yards (18.8 avg.) as a senior . . . rushed 45 times for 375 yards (8.3 avg.) in 2008 . . . accounted for six total touchdowns as a senior . . . registered 97 tackles and seven interceptions in 2007 . . . also credited with nine forced fumbles as a junior . . . scored 10 total TDs in 2007 . . . his career totals include 238 tackles, eight sacks, seven interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and 18 total TDs . . . four-year letterman in both basketball and track . . . his 10.9 in the 100 ranked among the best times in Trojan track history . . . son of Jerome and Kimberly Gainer . . . born April 8, 1991 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in hospitality business.
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