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Eric Knott
Eric Knott

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Detroit, Mich.

High School:
Henry Ford

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 249

Position:
TE

Birthdate:
01/18/1982

Experience:
3L


Veteran tight end figures to play a major role in Michigan State's offensive game plan...a top contender for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to the nation's best tight end...rated among the NCAA's top tight ends by The Sporting News (No. 18)...had two catches for 32 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown grab from Damon Dowdell, in the April 19 scrimmage...caught three passes for 42 yards, including a 5-yard TD toss from Drew Stanton, in the March 29 scrimmage...AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in all 12 games in 2002, including eight starts at tight end, and played 236.5 minutes...ranked second on the team in receptions, behind 2002 Biletnikoff Award winner Charles Rogers, with 35 for 349 yards (10.0 avg.) and four touchdowns...caught at least on pass in 11 games...paced the Spartans in receptions four times, including back-to-back games vs. Michigan and Wisconsin...matched his career high with six catches for 31 yards against the Wolverines...caught four passes for 70 yards against the Badgers and his 34-yard reception from Dowdell late in the third quarter set up MSU's second touchdown...had a team-high five catches for 75 yards vs. Northwestern, including a 36-yard grab in the fourth quarter that led to a field goal...three of his five receptions vs. Northwestern produced first downs...had four catches for 23 yards vs. Rice, including a 2-yard TD toss from Jeff Smoker on third-and-goal that iced the game early in the fourth quarter...caught a career-best six passes for 69 yards (11.5 avg.) and two TDs vs. Eastern Michigan in the 2002 season opener...scored on pass plays of 4 and 30 yards from Smoker in the second quarter against the Eagles...three of his six catches vs. EMU resulted in first downs...played a career-high 28 minutes vs. Indiana...returned to his natural position of tight end during spring drills...AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 10 games as a true freshman in 2001 (DNP vs. Central Michigan and Notre Dame) and played 30 minutes...moved to defensive end prior to the season where he worked behind Nick Myers...credited with three tackles (2 solos, 1 assist)...recorded two stops (1-1) vs. Missouri in the regular-season finale while playing a season-high 12 minutes...made his collegiate debut vs. Northwestern and produced a tackle for loss (1 yard)...HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Consensus prep All-American...rated the nation's No. 1 tight end prospect by PrepStar Magazine and SuperPrep...caught 42 passes for 686 yards (16.3 avg.) and 10 touchdowns as a senior in 1999...had 30 catches for 500 yards (16.7 avg.) and five TDs as a junior...played for Coach Mike Marshall at Henry Ford High School in Detroit...high school teammate of current Spartan quarterback Damon Dowdell...son of Keith and Ann Knott...born Jan. 18, 1982...majoring in telecommunication.

Knott's Statistics
Receiving	G/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	LG
2002	        12/8	35	349	10.0	4	36

Knott's Career Highs Catches: 6, twice (last vs. Michigan, 2002) Receiving Yards: 75, vs. Northwestern (2002) TD Catches: 2, vs. Eastern Michigan (2002)

Knott's Game-By-Game Statistics 2002 Receiving No. Yds. TD LG Eastern Michigan 6 69 2 30 Rice 4 23 1 8 California 1 5 0 5 Notre Dame 3 32 0 11 Northwestern 5 75 0 36 Iowa -- -- -- -- Minnesota 1 6 0 6 Wisconsin 4 70 0 34 Michigan 6 31 0 9 Indiana 2 2 1 1 Purdue 1 21 0 21 Penn State 2 15 0 9 Totals 35 349 4 36