Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and players discuss Holiday Bowl win.
No. 16 Spartans preparing to square off with No. 18 Washington State on Dec. 28 in San Diego.
Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie wins Governor's Award for most valuable player.
No. 16 Spartans getting ready to face No. 18 Washington State on Dec. 28 in San Diego.
Spartan Football All-Access takes you inside the Michigan State Football program. This episode includes an inside look the work ten Spartans did as they traveled to Houston to help with the aftermath from Hurricane Harvey as well as an in depth look at the battle against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Photos from Michigan State football vs. Washington State - Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
USATSI Gallery - Western Michigan @ Michigan State
CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner returns as the Spartans' starting middle linebacker in 2018 . . . member of the team's Eagles leadership council . . . has 112 career tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, adding three interceptions, two pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 19 career games with 13 starts.
2017 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Voted team MVP (Governor's Award recipient), becoming first Spartan sophomore to win the award since Drew Stanton in 2004 . . . earned third-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by Pro Football Focus and Phil Steele . . . ranked seventh in the Big Ten and tied for 76th in FBS in total tackles (100) . . . became first Spartan sophomore to record 100 tackles in a single season since Greg Jones in 2008 (127) . . . ranked ninth in the B1G and 102nd in FBS in tackles per game (7.7) . . . led team in tackles (100) and forced fumbles (2), while ranking second on team in tackles for loss (8.5) and interceptions (3), as well as ranking fourth on team in sacks (3.5) . . . led team during the regular season with 289 production points . . . posted eight or more tackles in seven of the 13 games this season as part of double-digit stops in five games . . . started all 13 games, making first career start as a Spartan in Bowling Green game . . . won the MSU Biggie Munn Award (most inspirational player: defense) and Up Front Award (most outstanding lineman: defense) . . . shared team-leading tackle honors against No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl with six stops . . . tallied two tackles with one interception, returning it 15 yards for first career INT return yards, and added a pass break-up at Rutgers . . . posted team-high 11 tackles against Maryland, adding one tackle for loss and 0.5 sack to finish with team-best 31 production points and marking his fourth game with 30+ production points . . . registered four stops at No. 11 Ohio State, ending with 10 production points . . . logged six stops to go with one interception against No. 7 Penn State, tallying 22 production points to lead linebacker unit and rank second on defense . . . posted team-best eight stops at Northwestern, including one tackle for loss, accumulating 14 production points to lead linebackers and rank second on defense . . . named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in win over Indiana, tallying career-high 13 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble, registering 35 production points to lead the defense . . . also named to Pro Football Focus National and Big Ten Team of the Week vs. Indiana . . . logged six stops at Minnesota, tallying 22 production points, leading the linebacker corps and ranking second on defense . . . named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in win at No. 7 Michigan, sharing team and game-best tackles total with 10 stops, adding one sack, one forced fumble, and one interception as part of the five UM turnovers forced by the MSU defense . . . also had his first career pass break-up, knocking down the Wolverines' Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game to seal the victory for MSU . . . also named to the Pro Football Focus National and Big Ten Team of the Week . . . finished with season-high production points (40) and highest for a defensive player for the second straight game . . . became one of just five FBS linebackers in the past five years (since 2012) to record double-digit tackles and an interception, pass break-up, sack and forced fumble in the same game . . . named recipient of the Spartan "The One" team award vs. Michigan . . . named Spartans' Defensive Player of the Week after he logged nine tackles, including career-best 3.5 tackles for loss with one sack and one fumble recovery against Iowa, registering first sack and first fumble recovery of Spartan career, finishing game with 38 production points . . . tallied four stops against Notre Dame . . . co-winner of the Spartans' "The One" team award after he started Western Michigan game at middle linebacker and registered career and game-best 11 tackles to post a team-leading 29 production points . . . logged a career-high and team-best 10 tackles against BGSU, adding half a tackle for loss . . . garnered defensive player of the week team award vs. Bowling Green after posting a defense-leading 27 production points.
2016 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Saw action in the final six games of the season to earn his first letter . . . played more than 65 snaps at linebacker and also played on special teams . . . posted five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, vs. Rutgers . . . made Spartan debut at Maryland, coming off bench in first quarter after Riley Bullough was disqualified for targeting, and logged a season-best 46 snaps and seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss of five yards . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 11, 2016, for the beginning of the spring semester and participated in spring practice.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top inside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 27) and 247Sports.com (No. 42) . . . listed among the country's top outside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 69) . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 30) and 247Sports.com (No. 45) . . . named to The Associated Press Division I All-Ohio first team in 2015 . . . three-year starter for Coach Ray Hradek at Berea-Midpark High School in Berea, Ohio . . . led the Titans in tackles (89), tackles for loss (14.5), quarterback hurries (9) and rushing touchdowns (14) as a senior . . . recorded 89 tackles (60 solos, 29 assists) in 2015 . . . also credited with three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles . . . registered at least one tackle for loss in eight games . . . produced double-figure tackles in four games, including a career-best 19 stops vs. Midview (12 solos, 7 assists) . . . posted 11 tackles vs. West Lake (8 solos, 3 assists), including a career-high three for losses . . . made 10 stops vs. Avon (9 solos, 1 assist) and 17 tackles vs. Olmsted Falls (9 solos, 8 assists) . . . accounted for 606 all-purpose yards and 17 TDs as a senior . . . rushed 42 times for 236 yards (5.6 avg.) and a school-record 14 scores . . . had 13 catches for 304 yards (23.4 avg.) and 3 TDs . . . turned in perhaps his best all-around effort vs. North Olmsted, producing 154 all-purpose yards while scoring a school-record six TDs (school-record 5 rushing and 1 receiving) to go along with six tackles, with two resulting in losses including a sack . . . carried 10 times for a career-best 91 yards vs. North Olmsted . . . tallied 93 tackles (62 solos, 31 assists), including 8.5 for losses, and two interceptions as a junior . . . gained 155 yards on 37 attempts (4.2 avg.) and scored 12 rushing TDs in 2014 . . . ran eight times for 62 yards and three scores vs. Steele . . . caught nine passes for 148 yards (16.4 avg.) and two TDs as a junior . . . recorded more than 100 all-purpose yards in back-to-back games vs. Steele (116) and Avon Lake (101) . . . scored a school-record 33 career rushing TDs . . . also lettered in basketball and baseball for the Titans, earning all-conference honors in both sports as a junior . . . son of Joe and Kristin Bachie . . . born Feb. 26, 1998 . . . human resource and labor relations major.