Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, Titans right tackle Jack Conklin, Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer and Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes are preparing to play in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs this weekend (Jan. 13-14).
AS A SENIOR: Fifth-year senior closed his career starting his last 27 games (16-11 record)...consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media)...named one of four captains by his teammates...threw for 2,404 yards and nine TDs as a senior...ranks among MSU's career leaders in pass attempts (No. 2 at 896), passing yards (No. 3 with 6,159), pass completions (No. 3 at 500), TD passes (No. 6 with 35) and completion percentage (No. 10 at .559)...one of just three Spartan quarterbacks to record 6,000 career passing yards (Jeff Smoker, 2000-03; Drew Stanton, 2003-06)...posted four career 300-yard passing games...had 13 career 200-yard passing games, which is third most in MSU history...was listed among 26 preseason candidates for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually since 1987 to the nation's top senior quarterback by Transamerica Insurance and Investment Group...tallied his fourth career 300-yard passing game in the season opener at California with 321 yards on 20-of-48 passing with one touchdown...completed 8-of-12 throws for 148 yards vs. Eastern Michigan...due to heavy rain throughout the Florida Atlantic game, was limited to 5-of-15 passing for 88 yards...completed 12-of-26 throws for 143 yards in beating Notre Dame for the second staight year...recorded his 11th 200-yard passing game with 261 yards on 14-of-26 throws at Indiana...threw two TDs against the Hoosiers, including a career-long 82-yard TD strike to Charlie Gantt...also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter at Indiana, his second career rushing TD...went 13-for-24 passing for 184 yards and a TD in win over Iowa...played a good all-around game at Northwestern, throwing for 14-of-20 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns...completed 5-of-13 passes for 27 yards and one interception vs. Ohio State and played just one series in the second half due to a hand injury...bounced back the next week against Michigan and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Spartans to their first victory in 18 years at Michigan Stadium...threw for 282 yards and a season-high three touchdowns against the Wolverines while completing 17-of-29 throws...threw TD passes to Blair White (61 yards), Josh Rouse (7 yards) and Charlie Gantt (4 yards)...also caught his first career pass, a 24-yard reception from Keshawn Martin in the second quarter...recorded his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season vs. Wisconsin, completing 19-of-44 passes for 252 yards in orchestrating the Spartans' 11-point, fourth-quarter comeback...threw for 184 yards in the second half against the Badgers...completed 10-of-22 passes for 154 yards on Senior Day vs. Purdue...had his fifth 200-yard passing game of the season with 206 yards on 25-of-40 throws at Penn State...completed 18-of-34 passes for 169 yards in the 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia...earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science - community relations in December 2008.
AS A JUNIOR: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media had one of the top offensive seasons in school history in his first year as a starter . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in passing efficiency (fifth with his 131.9 rating), passing yards (fifth at 209.62 ypg.) and total offense (seventh at 201.5 ypg.) . . . completed 223-of-376 throws (.593) for 2,725 yards, 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions . . . his 223 completions (third), 376 pass attempts (second), 2,725 passing yards (third) and 20 TD passes (tied for fourth) all rank among the top single-season totals in Spartan history . . . recorded six 200-yard passing games last season . . . connected on 16-of-21 passes for 257 yards and a career-best four TDs in 35-31 victory over Penn State in the regular-season finale . . . completed 22-of-31 throws (.710) for 266 yards and two scores in 48-31 victory at Purdue . . . during one stretch against the Boilermakers, Hoyer completed 11 straight passes for 119 yards . . . his 22 completions vs. Purdue were distributed to eight different receivers . . . recorded his third career 300-yard passing game and his second of the season, completing 25-of- 42 throws for 308 yards at Iowa . . . his 25 completions and 42 attempts marked season highs . . . completed 20-of-23 passes (.870) for 190 yards and a TD in 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana . . . hit 22-of-36 throws for 323 yards and two TDs in 37-34 loss at ninth-ranked Wisconsin . . . completed 11-of-24 passes for 135 yards and a career-best four TDs to lead Michigan State to a 31-14 victory over Notre Dame, as the Spartans became the first team to win six-straight games in Notre Dame Stadium . . . hit 17-of-29 passes for 250 yards and two scores in 28-17 victory over Bowling Green . . . connected on 14-of-17 throws (.824) for 201 yards and a TD in 55-18 victory over UAB in the 2007 season opener . . . the Spartans scored touchdowns on their first six possessions against UAB, with five of those scoring drives directed by Hoyer . . . completed his first 10 pass attempts for 172 yards against the Blazers . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in eight games and completed 82-of-144 passes (.569) for 863 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions . . . earned his first career starting assignment in the season finale at Penn State with Drew Stanton sidelined with a concussion . . . threw for 291 yards and a TD against the Nittany Lions, setting personal bests for pass attempts (school-record 61) and completions (30) . . . came off the bench to complete 26-of-50 throws for a career-best 330 yards vs. Minnesota, including a 26-yard TD strike to Matt Trannon in the fourth quarter . . . came off the bench to direct two fourth-quarter TD drives at Indiana . . . hit 4-of-6 passes for 49 yards against the Hoosiers, including a 13-yard TD toss to Brett Kahn . . . completed 11-of-14 throws for 81 yards in a relief role vs. top-ranked Ohio State . . . directed MSU's only scoring drive against the Buckeyes, hitting 7-of-9 passes for 61 yards during a 12-play, 69-yard march in the fourth quarter . . . connected on all four pass attempts for 33 yards vs. Eastern Michigan, including a 6-yard TD toss to A.J. Jimmerson in the fourth quarter . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in five games at quarterback in 2005 (vs. Kent State, Hawaii, Illinois, Northwestern and Indiana) . . . completed 15-of-23 throws (.652) for 167 yards and two touchdowns . . . hit 4-of-8 passes for 57 yards vs. Northwestern . . . connected on 6-of-8 throws for 70 yards vs. Illinois, including scoring strikes of 4 yards to Dwayne Holmes and 30 yards to Kerry Reed . . . combined with Stanton to throw seven TD passes against the Illini, tying the Big Ten single-game record . . . completed 4-of-5 passes for 28 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Kent State . . . 2004 SEASON: Redshirted . . . earned Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2004 (vs. Iowa and Penn State) . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2004 Ohio All-Star Classic and the July 24 Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Game . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top 20 pro-style quarterbacks by Rivals.com (No. 14) . . . named to PrepStar's, Prep Football Report's and SuperPrep's All- Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by Prep Football Report (No. 28) and SuperPrep (No. 49) . . . rated among Ohio's top 20 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 16) . . . compiled a 16-7 record (.696) as a two-year starter for Coach Chuck Kyle at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland . . . Associated Press Division I honorable mention allstate selection as a senior . . . selected to the Northeast Lakes All-District Team . . . completed 158-of-281 throws (.562) for 2,570 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2003 while leading the Wildcats to a 9-3 record . . . threw for 318 yards (17 of 38) and four scores vs. Columbus St. Francis DeSales . . . named USA Today Prep Player of the Week after passing for 273 yards and three TDs in a 56-29 victory over Shaker Heights . . . hit 17-of-27 passes for a season-high 375 yards vs. Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep . . . threw for 272 yards and four TDs vs. Westerville North in the 2003 season opener . . . connected on 131-of-263 passes (.498) for 2,130 yards, 18 TDs and 12 INTs in 2002 . . . also participated in baseball as a pitcher, infielder and outfielder . . . compiled an 8-1 record with a 1.99 ERA as a sophomore while leading St. Ignatius to the 2002 Division I state championship . . . son of Axel and Julie Hoyer . . . born Oct. 13, 1985. . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - community relations.