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Mike Labinjo
Mike Labinjo

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario

High School:
St. Michael's College

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 252

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
07/08/1980

Experience:
3L


Moves into his third season as a starter with Michigan State's linebacker corps...returns to the SAM position in 2003 after playing MIKE linebacker most of last season...hopes to regain the form that made him one of the Big Ten's top defensive playmakers in 2001...finished spring drills on an upbeat, recording five tackles, including two for losses (9 yards), in the April 19 scrimmage...also had an interception and fumble recovery in that final spring workout...AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in all 12 games in 2002, including eight starts at linebacker, and played 341 minutes...started seven games at MIKE linebacker and one at the SAM position...finished fifth on the team in tackles with 62 (38 solos, 24 assists)...produced five tackles for losses (14 yards)...credited with five QB hits, including three vs. California...recorded a season-high nine stops (3-6) and his first career interception vs. Indiana...his 18-yard interception return set up a touchdown in the second quarter as the Spartans built a 42-7 halftime lead against the Hoosiers...his only sack came vs. Wisconsin (10 yards)...made seven tackles each vs. Northwestern (5-2) and Rice (6-1)...registered eight tackles (4-4), including one for a loss, vs. Notre Dame...logged over 30 minutes in five games, playing a season-high 39.5 minutes vs. Minnesota...AS A SOPHOMORE: Started all 12 games at SAM linebacker in 2001 and played 366.5 minutes...converted fullback had an immediate impact at SAM linebacker . . .twice named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Wisconsin and Notre Dame)...led the team in tackles for losses (17 for 64 yards), sacks (5 for 34) and quarterback hits (12)...ranked third overall in tackles with 64 (42 solos, 22 assists)...recorded at least one tackle for loss in eight games...made seven stops vs. Purdue (3-4) and Iowa (6-1)...produced nine tackles (7-2) vs. Wisconsin with four behind the line of scrimmage (25 yards), including a career-high three sacks (23)...posted a career-best 16 tackles (11-5) vs. Northwestern with three going for losses (10 yards), including a 7-yard sack...burst onto the scene vs. Notre Dame by recording six tackles (3-3), including three behind the line of scrimmage (9 yards), and recovering a fumble...helped preserve Michigan State's 17-10 victory at Notre Dame by dropping Irish placekicker Nicholas Setta for a 3-yard loss on a fake field-goal attempt with 4:09 left in the game...played a career-best 44 minutes vs. Indiana...AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in nine games in 2000, primarily on special teams, to earn his first varsity letter...1999 SEASON: Redshirted...scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the Aug. 23 scrimmage...HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Featured on PrepStar's All-Eastern Region Team...ranked as the No. 2 running back and No. 6 player overall in Canada by scout Ron Dias...accounted for more than 2,600 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns in 1998 for Coach Paul Forbes at St. Michael's College in Toronto...rushed for 1,900 yards and 16 TDs in only eight games as a 13th grader...gained over 700 yards on kick returns, taking three back for scores in '98...played wide receiver in '97 and caught 50 passes for nearly 600 yards and 11 TDs...attended the same secondary school that produced the NFL's O.J. Santiago (Oakland Raiders) and the NHL's Eric Lindros (New York Rangers)...son of Margaret Labinjo...born July 8, 1980...majoring in economics.

Labinjo's Statistics
	G/GS	UT	AT	TM	TFL	Sacks	INT
2000	9/0	0	0	0	0-0	0-0	0-0
2001	12/12	42	22	64	17-64	5-34	0-0
2002	12/8	38	24	62	5-14	1-10	1-18
Career	33/20	80	46	126	22-78	6-44	1-18

Labinjo's Career Highs Tackles: 16, vs. Northwestern (2001) Tackles for Losses: 4, vs. Wisconsin (2001) Sacks: 3, vs. Wisconsin (2001) Interceptions: 1, vs. Indiana (2002)

Labinjo's Game-By-Game Statistics 2001 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Central Michigan 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 3 3 6 3-9 1-4 Northwestern 11 5 16 3-10 1-7 Iowa 6 1 7 1-9 0-0 Minnesota 3 0 3 2-4 0-0 Wisconsin 7 2 9 4-25 3-23 Michigan 0 2 2 0-0 0-0 Indiana 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 Purdue 3 4 7 2-3 0-0 Penn State 2 3 5 1-2 0-0 Missouri 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 Fresno State 2 2 4 1-2 0-0 Totals 42 22 64 17-64 5-34

2002 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Eastern Michigan -- -- -- -- -- Rice 6 1 7 1-1 0-0 California 3 2 5 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 4 4 8 1-1 0-0 Northwestern 5 2 7 0-0 0-0 Iowa 2 2 4 1-1 0-0 Minnesota 3 3 6 0-0 0-0 Wisconsin 4 1 5 1-10 1-10 Michigan 2 1 3 1-1 0-0 Indiana 3 6 9 0-0 0-0 Purdue 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 Penn State 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 Totals 38 24 62 5-14 1-10

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