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Justin Kershaw
Justin Kershaw

Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio

High School:
Reynoldsburg

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 273

Position:
DT

Birthdate:
09/18/1985

Experience:
4L


10/14/2006

Michigan State vs. Ohio State

Michigan State vs. Ohio State


AS A SENIOR: Senior captain started all 13 games at defensive tackle . . . closed his career starting 27 consecutive games on the defensive line . . . named one of four captains by his teammates . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . recipient of the team's Iron Man Award (for strength and conditioning) . . . third on the team with eight tackles for loss (25 yards), which marked a career high, and had 28 tackles overall . . . also had a career-high three sacks (17 yards). . . a ppeared in 49 career games, including 34 starts (27 consecutive) . . . recorded two tackles, including a half sack for 2 yards, at California . . . collected four tackles with a career-best two tackles for loss (5 yards), including one sack, and was named MSU's Defensive Player of the Week vs. Eastern Michigan . . . notched two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, in win over Notre Dame . . . recorded a 1-yard loss vs. Indiana . . . registered an 11-yard sack in the fourth quarter at Northwestern, and totaled three tackles along with a quarterback hurry . . . recorded three tackles vs. Ohio State . . . produced two tackles, including a 1-yard loss, at Michigan . . . tallied four tackles, including one for a loss of 3 yards, in his final career game at Spartan Stadium in win over Purdue . . . recorded two tackles in the Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia in his final career game . . . earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources . . . AS A JUNIOR: Started all 13 games at defensive tackle . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award . . . set career highs for tackles (34), tackles for loss (5 for 9 yards) and sacks (1.5 for 4) . . . finished seventh on the defense with a career-best 101 production points . . . posted four tackles vs. Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl, including three solos . . . also made four stops vs. Penn State in the home finale . . . had two tackles and blocked a field-goal attempt at top-ranked Ohio State . . . contributed three stops vs. Northwestern, including 1.5 for losses (4) . . . matched his career high with five tackles at No. 9 Wisconsin . . . registered four stops at Notre Dame, including a 2-yard sack . . . recorded a career-high five tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, and recovered a fumble vs. Bowling Green . . . made the transition from defensive end to defensive tackle during spring practice . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in all 12 games, including eight starting assignments at stud end (vs. Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State) . . . finished second among Spartan defensive linemen in tackles with 26 (16 solos, 10 assists), including two for losses (3 yards) . . . ranked tied for eighth on the defense with 48 production points . . . recorded four solo hits vs. No. 12 Notre Dame . . . also produced four tackles each vs. Illinois (1-3) and Ohio State (2-2) . . . made three stops each vs. Michigan (1-2) and Indiana (2-1) . . . voluntarily gave up his number (No. 95) as MSU retired the jersey of former All-American Bubba Smith during the Notre Dame game . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . saw action in all 11 games in 2005, working primarily on special teams . . . made four tackles (3 solos, 1 assist) and compiled 52 production points on special teams . . . recorded his first career sack (5 yards) vs. Hawaii . . . 2004 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Indiana . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played in the June 19 Ohio All-Star Classic and the July 24 Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Game . . . sacked his future Spartan teammate Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter of the Ohio All-Star Classic . . . named to SuperPrep's All- Midwest Team . . . ranked among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 75) . . . earned Associated Press Division I second-team all-state honors in 2003 . . . recorded 97 tackles as a senior, with 15 for losses including 12 sacks . . . elected one of the Raiders' team captains in 2003 . . . played tight end and linebacker for Coach Kerry Hodakievic at Reynoldsburg (Ohio) High School . . . earned all-state honors in track and field . . . won the 2004 Division I state shot put title with a toss of 60-2 3/4 and placed fourth in the discus (163-10) . . . 2003 Division I state discus champion with a toss of 183-7 . . . finished sixth in the shot put (55-11 3/4) at the 2003 OHSAA Championships . . . son of Darryl and Dawn Kershaw . . . born Sept. 18, 1985 . . . presented MSU's Provost Award (Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year) in 2004-05 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources.

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 5, twice (last vs. Wisconsin, 9/29/07)
Tackles for loss: 2, vs. Eastern Michigan (9/6/08)
Sacks: 1, four times (last vs. Northwestern 10/11/08)