Drafted or undrafted, Spartans under head coach Mark Dantonio have a long track record of success at the next level.
Nineteen former players from the 2016 team audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.
R.J. Shelton named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Matt Macksood, Tyler O'Connor and Josiah Price garner Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth time.
Brian Allen and R.J. Shelton earn second-team accolades, Josiah Price and LJ Scott pick up third-team honors.
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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• MSU’S ALL-TIME LEADER AMONG TIGHT ENDS FOR MOST TD CATCHES (21)
• TWO-TIME THIRD-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (2015, 2016)
• 2016 WUERFFEL TROPHY SEMIFINALIST (OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE)
• 2016 NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE SEMIFINALIST
• TWO-TIME MACKEY AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST (2015, 2016)
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner had 104 catches for 1,238 yards (11.9 avg.) and 21 touchdowns in 51 career games, while making 25 starts . . . finished his career ranked first in school history among tight ends with 21 career TD receptions, which also ranks fourth among all players in school history . . . also finished his career ranked third among Spartan tight ends in catches (104) and receiving yards (1,238) . . . two-time recipient of the MSU Football Players Association Community Service Award (2015, 2016) . . . two-time nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, recognizing college football players who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism . . . one of 25 players in program history to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors four times . . . received his bachelor’s degree in hospitality business in December 2016.
2016 SEASON (SENIOR): Named third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches for the second straight year . . . also earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades by the media . . . second-team All-Big Ten pick by Pro Football Focus . . . finished second on team in receptions (38), third in receiving yards (387) and tied for first in receiving TDs (5) . . . the 38 receptions and 387 receiving yards marked single-season career highs . . . the 38 receptions also tied for second most by a Spartan tight end in a single season . . . his five TD catches were most by a Big Ten tight end during the regular season . . . named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy (nation’s top scholar-athlete) . . . chosen as one of 11 semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy for community service combined with athletic and academic achievement . . . selected one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award; to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition . . named to midseason watch list for the Mackey Award (nation’s most outstanding tight end) . . . tied career high with six catches for 63 yards in his final collegiate game at No. 7 Penn State . . . recorded his first multi-TD game with two TD catches vs. Rutgers (2 yards, 4 yards) as part of three receptions for 13 yards . . . recorded a career-high six catches for 65 yards at Illinois, including a season-long 26-yard catch . . . led team with three receptions vs. No. 2 Michigan, finishing with 29 yards . . . caught his 19th career TD pass vs. Northwestern, adding to his school record for a tight end and giving him solo possession of sixth overall in MSU history, finishing with four catches for 52 yards . . . became just the fourth Spartan tight end to reach the 1,000 career yards plateau, topping the mark with 29 yards vs. BYU . . . started the BYU game and had two receptions for 29 yards . . . caught his 18th career TD catch in game at Indiana, adding to his school record for a tight end, as part of his four catches for 18 yards . . . his TD came with 11 seconds left on a 4th-and-goal for MSU to tie the game and force OT . . . had five catches vs. No. 11 Wisconsin and totaled 58 yards against the Badgers . . . made first start of season at No. 18 Notre Dame, logging two catches for 24 yards, including a 23-yard catch for his second 20+ reception in as many games . . . also caught two-point conversion from holder Matt Macksood that gave MSU an 8-7 lead and the Spartans never trailed again . . . recorded his first career TD catch of more than 20 yards with a 21-yard TD reception in the season opener vs. Furman.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Third-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . also a third-team All-Big Ten pick by Phil Steele . . . named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honoree . . . named winner of the Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award at the 2016 MSU Student-Athlete Support Services Academic Gala (presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the PACT [Putting Athletes and Community Together] program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach) . . . also received the MSU Football Players Association Community Service Award at the team banquet . . . ranked fourth on the team and led tight ends with 23 catches for 267 yards (11.6 avg.) in 12 games of action, including three starts . . . ranked second on the team and tied a single-season school record for a tight end with six TD receptions . . . 17 of his 23 catches resulted in either a touchdown or first down (74 percent) . . . was featured on the Mackey Award Midseason Watch List (nation’s most outstanding tight end) . . . missed two games (Purdue, Rutgers) with an ankle injury . . . had four catches for 39 yards vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Semifinal . . . had three receptions for 33 yards vs. Penn State . . . named one of three Spartan unsung heroes in the win at No. 2 Ohio State . . . caught two passes for 21 yards at Nebraska . . . had three catches for 51 yards, including a 13-yard TD grab, vs. Indiana . . . set a Spartan record for most career touchdown catches by a tight end with a 5-yard reception from Connor Cook in the second quarter against Central Michigan . . . also named Spartan Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. CMU . . . had a 15-yard reception for a TD vs. Air Force . . . caught two passes for 23 yards, including a 12-yard TD reception in the first quarter, in the victory over No. 7 Oregon . . . had three catches for 49 yards in the season opener at Western Michigan, including a 9-yard TD reception.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, including six starts at tight end . . . led Spartan tight ends and ranked tied for third on the team with 26 catches . . . ranked second on the team in TD receptions (6) and fourth in receiving yards (374) . . . tied a school single-season record for most TD catches (6) by a tight end (Kellen Davis, 2007) . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media) . . . second-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . honorable mention pick for the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for second straight year . . . had three receptions for 27 yards, including an 8-yard TD catch from Connor Cook in the fourth quarter, during MSU’s comeback victory over No. 4 Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic . . . had five catches for 72 yards, including a 16-yard TD reception, vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . collected a career-high 83 receiving yards on three receptions, including a career-long 67-yard catch and a 10-yard TD reception, at Indiana . . . had two catches for 16 yards at Purdue, including a 2-yard TD reception . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. No. 19 Nebraska and also had a 21-yard reception . . . had a 19-yard TD reception against Wyoming . . . had a season-high five catches for 51 yards, including a 7-yard TD reception, at No. 3 Oregon . . . had three receptions for 54 yards, including a 32-yard reception, in the season opener against Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in all 14 games, including six starts, to earn his first letter . . . led Spartan tight ends with 17 receptions for 210 yards (12.4 avg.) . . . ranked second on the team with four touchdown receptions . . . Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . had a 9-yard catch in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against fifth-ranked Stanford . . . tied a season best with three catches for 24 yards, including a 9-yard TD grab, against No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship . . . hauled in a 12-yard touchdown reception vs. Minnesota . . . tied his season high with three receptions for 35 yards, including a 15-yard TD grab, at Northwestern . . . had two catches for 21 yards at Illinois, including his first career TD reception on a 13-yard grab in the third quarter . . . his 26-yard catch in the fourth quarter set up MSU’s only offensive TD of the game in the win against Purdue . . . had a season-long 39-yard reception vs. Indiana . . . caught three passes for 28 yards vs. Youngstown State.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top tight ends by 247Sports.com (No. 16) and Rivals.com (No. 19) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Indiana’s top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 5), 247Sports.com (No. 7) and Rivals.com (No. 10) . . . four-year starter for Coach Josh Edwards at Eastern High School in Greentown, Ind. . . . two-time Top 50 All-State selection by the Indiana Football Coaches Association . . . also earned first-team all-state (Class 2A) honors from The Associated Press as a senior . . . two-time first-team all-area and all-conference pick . . . named the state’s top senior tight end by the IFCA as part of the Mr. Football program . . . had 39 receptions for 524 yards (13.4 avg.) and four touchdowns in 2011 . . . threw for 114 yards and rushed for 106 yards as a senior . . . recorded 59 tackles, with 19.5 resulting in losses including 13 sacks, in 2011 . . . forced five fumbles, blocked two punts and returned a punt for a TD as a senior . . . caught four passes for 123 yards and a score vs. Oak Hill . . . had a career-best 41 catches for 574 yards (14.0 avg.) and eight TDs in 2010 . . . registered 95 tackles, with 23 for losses including 10 sacks, as a junior . . . had a season-high nine receptions for 155 yards and a TD vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in 2010 . . . his career receiving totals include 130 receptions for 1,920 yards (14.8 avg.) . . . accounted for 29 career TDs . . . produced 286 career tackles, with 65.5 for losses including a school-record 41.5 sacks . . . also participated in basketball and track and field . . . eclipsed the 1,000-point career milestone in basketball as a senior . . . son of Tim and Mary Price . . . born July 19, 1993 . . . serves as one of the football team’s representatives on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) . . . selected as SAAC outreach chair for 2015-16 . . . participated in a variety of community service events, including the Ingham County Child Benefit Fund, DARE Graduations, and March is Reading Month . . . spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in Australia (June-July 2015), participating in MSU’s study abroad International Summer Sports Program . . . received his bachelor’s degree in hospitality business in December 2016.
PRICE'S CAREER STATISTICS
RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2013................ 14 17 210 4 39 1.2 12.4 15.0 2014................ 13 26 374 6 67 2.0 14.4 28.8 2015................ 12 23 267 6 31 1.9 11.6 22.2 2016................ 12 38 387 5 26 3.2 10.2 32.2 TOTAL............... 51 104 1238 21 67 2.0 11.9 24.3
SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2013................ 14 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 24 1.7 2014................ 13 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 36 2.8 2015................ 12 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 36 3.0 2016................ 12 5 0 5 0 0 1 0 32 2.7 TOTAL............... 51 21 0 21 0 0 1 0 128 2.5