Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
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CAREER NOTES: Graduate transfer from Nebraska earned a letter for the Spartans in 2016 . . . played in 35 collegiate games (23 with Nebraska; 12 with MSU) . . . received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA in November 2015 due to knee injuries, which prevented him from playing in 2011 and 2013 . . . played in 23 games for the Huskers, including four starts, during the 2012 (five games), 2014 (10 games) and 2015 (eight games) seasons . . . recorded 27 tackles at Nebraska, including 10 for losses (37 yards) and three sacks (28 yards) . . . had 52 tackles in 34 career games, including 12 starts.
2016 SEASON (SENIOR): Played in all 12 contests and logged eight starts at defensive tackle . . . recorded 25 tackles . . . named MSU’s defensive recipient of the Jim Adams Award (unsung hero) . . . notched two stops vs. Rutgers . . . tallied three stops at Maryland . . . recorded four tackles vs. BYU . . . logged best game as a Spartan at Indiana, posting five tackles . . . registered three tackles and one fumble recovery vs. No. 11 Wisconsin . . . made Spartan debut vs. Furman, logging two tackles and being selected as one of Spartan Unsung Hero Award honorees.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Battled through a series of injuries to play in eight games, including starts against Miami and Southern Miss . . . his play helped Nebraska rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing defense (ninth at 109.8 ypg.) . . . had four tackles, including a 2-yard tackle for loss, against BYU . . . recovered a fumble against Southern Miss.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in 10 games, including starting assignments vs. Rutgers and Purdue . . . had 19 tackles, including five solo stops . . . racked up eight tackles for loss and three sacks while adding two quarterback hurries . . . shared a sack in the Holiday Bowl against USC . . . closed the regular season with a career-high six tackles and a tackle for loss at Iowa . . . recorded a career-high 2.5 sacks and three tackles for loss at Northwestern.
2013 SEASON: Missed the entire season after suffering a knee injury in preseason camp.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in five games as a reserve at defensive tackle . . . made four tackles, including two tackles and a tackle for loss against Idaho State.
2011 SEASON: Sat out the season with a knee injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Recorded more than 260 tackles and 25 sacks in his final two seasons at Springfield (Ohio) High School . . . registered 111 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior to earn Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in Ohio and also was a first-team all-state selection . . . garnered honorable mention all-state recognition as a junior after collecting more than 150 stops, including 30 tackles for loss and 15 sacks . . . was ranked one of the top 20 defensive tackles in the nation by ESPN.com and among the top 20 seniors in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com . . . son of Lisa and Mark Deel . . . born May 8, 1993 . . . graduated from Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in management in August 2014 and earned his master's degree in construction engineering and management in May 2016 . . . named to the Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll five times at Nebraska . . . plans on pursuing a second master's degree in sports administration from Michigan State.