MSU head coach Mark Dantonio says his goal is to create life experience for his players and coaching staff.
Ninety-five Spartan student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
In the first eight seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio, 98 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten.
Tony Lippett voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Already the second-winningest class in school history, the class of 2014 has won 39 games entering Saturday's Senior Day against Rutgers.
Michigan State vs. Ohio State
SECOND-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (COACHES, MEDIA, ATHLON SPORTS, PHIL STEELE)
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner has played in 39 career games, including 29 starting assignments (18 at center, 10 at left guard, one at right guard) . . . elected a co-captain by his teammates . . . received his bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a second degree in advertising . . . is the 19th four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection in MSU history (2011-14).
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Has started 11 games (10 at left guard, one at center vs. Wyoming) . . . has 46.5 knockdowns for the season . . . has played 614 snaps, fifth most among Spartan offensive linemen . . . second-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches, media, Athlon Sports) . . . offensive recipient of MSU's Biggie Munn Award (most inspirational player) . . . did not play in the regular-season finale at Penn State (ankle) . . . was forced to leave the Rutgers game on Senior Day after the first series due to an ankle injury . . . compiled 9.5 knockdowns, including three dominators, in the win over Michigan . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week at Indiana after recording 7.5 knockdowns and MSU rushed for 330 yards while giving up just one sack . . . tallied seven knockdowns against Wyoming while starting at center in place of injured starter Jack Allen . . . recorded five knockdowns at No. 3 Oregon, including two dominators . . . started his first career game at left guard in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State; played 48 snaps and totaled three knockdowns against the Gamecocks before being forced to leave the game with an injury.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 13 games, including three starts (two at center; one at right guard) . . . saw extensive time in the playing rotation all season long . . . started his first career game at right guard in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford, filling in for injured starter Dan France . . . started the first two games at center before being sidelined by an injury for the Youngstown State game . . . returned to action at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . registered two takedowns vs. South Florida . . . played 82 snaps in the 2013 season opener vs. Western Michigan . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third-straight year . . . returned to action in spring practice after missing the final seven games of 2012 due to injury.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started the first five games of the season at center before leaving the Ohio State game with a knee injury and a broken leg . . . played 298 snaps in the first five games and was credited with 10 knockdowns . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week against Eastern Michigan . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Started 10 games at center . . . named Freshman All-American by Phil Steele (first team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (second team) . . . named to ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . named Lineman of the Week for his performance in the win at Northwestern . . . missed the Minnesota game due to an injury . . . made his first career start at center against Central Michigan after missing the first three games of the season with an ankle injury . . . spent a majority of spring practice and preseason camp competing against Blake Treadwell for the starting job at center . . .
2010 SEASON: Redshirted . . . twice named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Notre Dame and Minnesota).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Started at right guard for the Ohio All-Stars in the 2010 Big 33 Football Classic . . . also participated in the 2010 Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South Classic . . . rated among the nation's top offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. (No. 25), Rivals.com (No. 26), Max Emfinger (No. 34) and Scout.com (No. 59) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 20) and Scout.com (No. 42) . . . three-year letterman and two-year starter for Coach Ryan Wiggins at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, helping the Stallions to a combined record of 36-6 (.857) including back-to-back regional championships in 2008-09 and a trip to the state finals in 2009 . . . named a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football award . . . selected Associated Press All-Ohio Division III Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . chosen All-Central District Defensive Player of the Year . . . named All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year by The Columbus Dispatch . . . also earned first-team all-league and All-Agoinus honors in 2009 . . . recorded 78 tackles as a senior, with 27 resulting in losses including 12 sacks . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Stallions amass more than 4,000 rushing yards in 2009 . . . son of Rick and Penny Jackson . . . born June 10, 1991 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . received his bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a second degree in advertising.