Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie wins Governor’s Award for most valuable player.
In all, 126 Spartans were recognized for having a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Six Spartans collect Academic All-Big Ten accolades for third-straight season part of second-straight season setting new program record.
Sophomore safety David Dowell named first-team All-Big Ten by the media.
Spartans limit Iowa to 19 rushing yards in Big Ten opener.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
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Oct. 8, 2016
Photos from Michigan State vs. Alabama on December 31, 2015.
The Spartans topped Iowa in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
The Spartans traveled to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday night.
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior enters his fourth season as the starting punter in 2018 . . . three-year letterwinner is just the third starting punter in the Mark Dantonio era (Aaron Bates: 2007-10; Mike Sadler: 2011-14) . . . ranks eighth on MSU’s career average yards per punt list (41.89 ypp) . . . also ranks 11th in MSU history in both punting yards (7,540) and punts (180) . . . has 36 punts of 50-plus yards . . . has placed 69 of 180 career punts (.383) inside the 20 and 36 inside the 10 (.200) . . . punted career-high 11 times for career-best 430 yards vs. No. 7 Michigan (10/7/17) . . . had banner day vs. Iowa (9/30/17) with career-high five inside the 20, including four inside the 10, and all five were not returned . . . has pinned four inside the 20 in a game twice, both against Maryland (11/14/15 at home and 10/22/16 at Maryland) . . . has four punts of 60+ yards for career (60 vs. Nebraska, 11/7/15; 61 vs. Iowa, 12/5/15 and 61 vs. Northwestern, 10/15/16, 62 vs. Indiana, 10/21/17) . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named recipient of the MSU Downtown Coaches Club Award (most outstanding player: special teams) . . . named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media . . . ranked eighth in the B1G and 58th in FBS with a 42.0 yards per punt average . . . had a career-high 2,895 punting yards, topping the 2,000-yard mark for the third straight season . . . only allowed 12 punt returns for 31 punt return yards all season (2.6 ypr) with a long of 10 yards . . . MSU’s punt return defense led the Big Ten and ranked No. 3 in the FBS . . . also registered career highs in punts (69), punts inside the 20 (28) and punts inside the 10 (15) . . . had 12 punts of 50+ yards . . . had two punts for 40.5 ypp average against No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl, with a long of 52 yards and one inside the 20 . . . punted just once at Rutgers, booming a 52-yarder, marking third time in career with only one punt in a game . . . had seven punts for a 37.3 ypp average with a long of 54 yards against Maryland, pinning three inside the 20, including one inside the 10, limiting Maryland’s DJ Moore to just one return for 2 yards, after he entered the game ranked second in the B1G and 19th in FBS in punt returns at 11.8 ypr . . . punted eight times for a 45.5 ypp average at No. 11 Ohio State with two of 50+ yards with a 57-yarder and a 58-yarder, and had three inside the 20, with one fair caught just outside the 10, holding OSU to just 3 punt return yards on three returns . . . had six punts for a 38.7 ypp average against No. 7 Penn State, including two inside the 20 and both were inside the 10 with one touchback . . . had punt downed at the 1-yard line for second game in a row, one of two punts inside the 20 at Northwestern, ending with four punts for a 41.8 ypp average versus the Wildcats . . . boomed career-long 62-yarder that was downed at the Indiana 1-yard line as part of two punts over 50 yards and one of three inside the 20 and two inside the 10, finishing with eight punts for a 46.2 ypp average against the Hoosiers . . . limited IU’s J-Shun Harris to just 10 punt return yards on three returns (3.3 ypr) after Harris came into game leading the B1G and ranking second in the country in punt return average with 23.3 ypr . . . punted season-low twice at Minnesota, with a 36.0 ypp average with a long of 48 and one inside the 20 . . . punted career-high 11 times vs. No. 7 Michigan for career-high 430 punting yards for a 39.1 ypp average, including several in windy, rainy conditions, and limited Michigan punt return to just 2.0 ypr on three returns, including two that were returned for negative yards . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week against the Wolverines . . . pinned all five of his punts in the Iowa game inside the 20 including four inside the 10 as part of a 38.6 ypp average, as all five were not returned on four fair catches and one out-of-bounds, earning Spartans’ “The One” Award and the Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week . . . tied his season-long with 57-yard punt as part of three punts against Notre Dame, finishing with a 49.0 ypp average . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week against Western Michigan after he registered six punts for a 38.7 ypp average with a long of 47, pinning two inside the 20, with both being inside the 10, plus another at the 20, against Western Michigan, earning Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week honors . . . punted six times in Bowling Green game with a 49.0 ypp average with a long of 57 yards as part of three punts of 50+ yards, and pinned three inside the 20, including one inside the 10.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Tied for sixth in the Big Ten in punting (40.9 avg.) . . . placed 37.0 percent of his punts (20-of-54) inside the 20, while 20.4 percent of his punts (11-of-54) were pinned inside the 10 . . . punted five times at No. 8 Penn State for 46.4 ypp average with a long of 58 yards, tying his second longest of the season, and had one inside the 20 . . . tied season high with seven punts against No. 2 Ohio State for a 40.6 ypp average with a long of 53 yards and two inside the 20, including one inside the 10 . . . logged five punts for a 39.8 ypp average against Rutgers with a long of 48 yards and one inside the 20 . . . punted four times at Illinois for a 36.5 ypp average with two pinned inside the 10 . . . had one punt for 49 yards vs. No. 2 Michigan . . . tied a career high by pinning all four of his punts inside the 20 at Maryland, finishing with a 32.8 ypp average, with one inside the 10 . . . tied a career-long 61-yard punt vs. Northwestern as part of five punts for a 46.2 ypp average with three inside the 20 and two inside the 10, and added a 42-yard free kick following a safety . . . punted five times for a 37.8 ypp average vs. BYU . . . had five punts for an average of 39.4 ypp at Indiana with a then-season-long 59-yarder as well as pinning one inside the 10 . . . boomed two of his three punts in the Wisconsin game for over 50 yards, including a 57-yarder for his fourth-longest punt of career, finishing with 51.0 ypp average, his second-best outing of career, with one inside the 20 . . . punted seven times for a 38.0 yards per punt average at No. 18 Notre Dame, getting three inside the 20 including two inside the 10, highlighted by one downed at the 1 . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Furman game, punting three times for a 44.7 yards per punt average . . . placed three punts inside the 20, and two inside the 10 against the Paladins.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in punting (42.7 avg.) in his first year as a starter . . . named second-team Freshman All-American by CampusInsiders.com . . . named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com and ESPN.com . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . had 17 punts of 50-plus yards . . . placed 21 of his 57 punts (.368) inside the 20 and 10 inside the 10 (.175) . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week a team-best five times . . . set career highs for punts (9) and punting yards (411) against No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal; both of those totals rank second most by a Spartan in a bowl game . . . dropped two of his four punts inside the 20 and had a season-long 61-yarder vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . named Spartan Special Teams Co-Player of the Week for his performance in the win at No. 2 Ohio State; placed three of his five punts inside the 20, including a 51-yarder that pinned the Buckeyes on their own 7-yard line with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter, setting up MSU's game-winning field goal drive . . . averaged 42.4 yards on seven punts (297 yards) against Maryland, including a career-best four kicks inside the 20 . . . named Spartan Special Teams Co-Player of the Week vs. Maryland . . . booted a 60-yard punt and also placed one at the Husker 9-yard line with under a minute to play in the game at Nebraska; averaged 45.0 yards on three punts (135 yards) . . . averaged 42.5 yards per punt (four for 170 yards) vs. Indiana, including a 56-yarder and one inside the 10 . . . put two of his five punts inside the 20, including one at the Purdue 4, and had a 52-yard punt against the Boilermakers . . . placed two of his three punts inside the 20 vs. Central Michigan . . . booted two of his three punts 50-plus yards and placed one inside the 10 vs. Air Force . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 51.4 yards on five punts (257 yards), including four of 50-plus yards and one inside the 20, vs. No. 7 Oregon . . . averaged 47.2 yards per punt (seven punts for 443 yards) in his collegiate debut at Western Michigan, including two inside the 20 and two of 50-plus yards . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week against the Broncos.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Co-Player of the Week against Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in 2014 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. . . . ranked among the nation's top punters by 247Sports.com (No. 1) and Kohl's Professional Camps (No. 2) . . . rated among the country's top kickers by ESPN.com (No. 4) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 73) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 29) . . . three-time first-team all-district punter for Coach Craig Smith at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio . . . three-time All-Northern Lakes League selection as a kicker . . . averaged 43.0 yards on 30 punts (1,290 yards) as a senior, including a career-long 77-yarder, while earning first-team All-NLL honors as the punter . . . placed 11 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line in 2013, including seven kicks downed inside the 10 . . . also hit four punts 50-plus yards as senior . . . hit 5-of-7 field-goal attempts in 2013, including a season-long 30-yarder, and 33-of-34 extra-point tries . . . third-team All-Ohio selection as the punter as a junior . . . two-time first-team All-Blade selection (2012: punter; 2011: kicker) . . . named second-team All-NLL punter in 2012 . . . received special mention All-Ohio honors as a kicker as a sophomore . . . averaged 42.2 yards on 60 career punts (2,534 yards) . . . scored 138 career points for the Generals, converting 10-of-18 field-goal attempts (.556), including a career-best 42-yarder, and 108-of-115 PATs (.939) . . . son of Toby and Wendi Hartbarger . . . born May 31, 1995 . . . hospitality business major.