Bio in PDF Format | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010
Feature: At the Top of his Game
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner played in 43 career games, including 39 consecutive starts at tight end . . . had 65 catches for 951 yards and nine touchdowns . . . among all Spartan tight ends in program history, finished his career ranked tied for third in TD receptions (9) and fifth in both receptions (65) and receiving yards (951) . . . was a solid run-blocker who displayed the ability to go down field and make plays in the passing game.
2010 SEASON (SENIOR): Fourth on the team with 24 catches for 301 yards (12.5 avg.) . . . third on the team with three TD receptions . . . All-Big Ten second-team pick by the media and honorable mention selection by the coaches . . . garnered honorable mention All-America accolades by SI.com . . . named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten second team . . . winner of MSU's Up Front Award, which is awarded to the team's most outstanding offensive lineman . . . had two catches for 40 yards in the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Alabama . . . was named the John Mackey National Tight End of the Week after tying his career high with four receptions for 38 yards, including a 3-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter, as MSU won at Penn State and clinched a share of the Big Ten title . . . had three receptions for 28 yards in win against Purdue . . . was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List (nation's top tight end) . . . recorded a career-high four receptions for 35 yards at No. 18 Iowa . . . had three catches for 20 yards at Northwestern, including a key 8-yard grab on a fourth-and-1 play late in the fourth quarter to keep MSU's game-winning TD drive alive; also named Spartan Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his blocking against the Wildcats . . . hauled in three receptions for 43 yards, including a 1-yard TD catch, in win over No. 11 Wisconsin . . . scored the game-winning touchdown, a 29-yard reception from Aaron Bates on a fake field goal in overtime, to defeat Notre Dame . . . had two catches for 49 yards in the season opener against Western Michigan.
2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named to the midseason watch list for the Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . winner of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award . . . started all 13 games at tight end in 2009 . . . recorded career highs in catches (22) and receiving yards (348) . . . also had two TD receptions . . . had two catches for 34 yards in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech . . . recorded 52 receiving yards on three catches vs. Penn State, including a diving 11-yard TD grab from Kirk Cousins in the second quarter . . . hauled in a season-long 55-yard catch at Purdue . . . had two catches for 40 yards against Western Michigan . . . had two receptions for 19 yards at Minnesota . . . caught two passes for 18 yards vs. Iowa . . . had a season-high three catches for 39 yards in win over Michigan . . . also played a season-high 73 snaps against the Wolverines . . . hauled in two catches for 31 yards at Notre Dame . . . had two receptions for 28 yards, including a 16-yard TD grab, vs. Central Michigan.
2008 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . presented MSU's Tommy Love Award as the team's most improved player . . . started all 13 games at tight end in 2008 and finished fifth on the team with 19 catches for 302 yards (15.9 avg.) . . . his four touchdown receptions led the team . . . 13 of his 19 catches (68 percent) resulted in a first down or a TD . . . had four receptions for 20-plus yards . . . caught at least one pass in 10 games . . . selected Lineman of the Week by the coaching staff on two occasions: vs. Notre Dame and Wisconsin (recorded career-best three pancake blocks) . . . matched season high with three receptions for 27 yards at Penn State . . . caught two passes for 53 yards vs. Wisconsin, with both coming in the fourth quarter as MSU rallied from an 11-point deficit for a 25-24 win . . . his 4-yard TD reception from Brian Hoyer at Michigan tied the score at 21 in the third quarter . . . had a season-high three receptions for 32 yards vs. Ohio State, including a 3-yard TD catch from Kirk Cousins . . . selected Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after catching two passes for 37 yards vs. Iowa, including a 4-yard TD grab from Hoyer . . . scored his first career TD on an 82-yard reception from Hoyer in the second quarter at Indiana, the longest pass play in the Big Ten in 2008 . . . finished with two catches for a team-best 92 yards against the Hoosiers . . . had two receptions for 18 yards in his first career start at California.
2007 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in four games (UAB, Indiana, Ohio State and Boston College) to earn his first letter.
2006 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top tight ends by Rivals.com (No. 14), PrepStar (No. 14), Collegefootballnews.com (No. 21) and Scouts Inc. (No. 24) . . . listed among the Midwest's top 75 prospects by SuperPrep (No. 75) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 4), the Lansing State Journal (No. 7) and The Detroit News (No. 9) . . . two-way player for Coach Al Fracassa at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. . . . known primarily for his blocking skills, but still managed 10 catches for 139 yards (13.9 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . also started at linebacker during the second half of the 2005 season, recording 37.5 tackles and an interception . . . produced four tackles for losses as a senior, including two sacks . . . his 9-yard TD grab from Andy Lentz late in the second quarter proved to be the game winner in the Warriors' 14-7 victory over Hudsonville in the 2005 Division 2 state championship game . . . also posted five tackles (3 solos, 2 assists), including one for a loss, vs. Hudsonville . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan linebacker Adam Decker . . . son of Kathleen Murphy and Robert Gantt . . . born Dec. 31, 1987 . . . his grandfather, Robert M. Gantt Jr., was a threesport star (football, basketball and track) at Duke in the early 1940s and appeared on the cover of Look magazine in 1942 as "Dixie's finest athlete" . . . majoring in media arts and technology.
Catches: 4, twice (last vs. Penn State, 11/27/10)
Receiving Yards: 92, vs. Indiana (9/27/08)
TD Catches: 1, nine times (last vs. Penn State, 11/27/10)
RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2007................ 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2008................ 13 19 302 4 82 1.5 15.9 23.2 2009................ 13 22 348 2 55 1.7 15.8 26.8 2010................ 13 24 301 3 35 1.8 12.5 23.2 TOTAL............... 43 65 951 9 82 1.5 14.6 22.1
SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2007................ 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2008................ 13 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 24 1.8 2009................ 13 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 0.9 2010................ 13 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 18 1.4 TOTAL............... 43 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 54 1.3
ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2007................ 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2008................ 13 0 302 0 0 0 302 23.2 2009................ 13 0 348 0 0 0 348 26.8 2010................ 13 0 301 0 0 0 301 23.2 TOTAL............... 43 0 951 0 0 0 951 22.1