Michigan State begins spring practice Tuesday.
Spartans and Horned Frogs ready to meet in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Football Media Center: TCU
In the first six seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio, 70 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten.
Seventy-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Third-year player will see playing time at tight end . . . missed a majority of spring practice (shoulder).
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in 10 games, including two starts (Ohio State, Northwestern), to earn his first letter . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . had three catches for 8 yards . . . recorded his first career touchdown with a 2-yard reception at No. 23 Michigan . . . started at Indiana . . . had a 4-yard reception vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . missed all of spring practice with a back injury.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . missed the entire 2011 season with a back injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top tight ends by Scout.com (No. 62) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Northeast and PrepStar's All-East Teams . . . ranked among Pennsylvania's Top 25 seniors by SuperPrep (No. 23) . . . earned first-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors as a senior . . . also named one of The Almanac's Premier Pigskin Performers . . . two-way starter (tight end and defensive end) for Coach Chris Haering at Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., who helped lead the Blue Devils to an 11-1 record and a trip to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2010 . . . had 25 receptions for 341 yards (13.6 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . also recorded 51 tackles (33 solos, 18 assists), including four sacks (19 yards), and a fumble recovery in 2010 . . . caught five passes for 37 yards (7.4 avg.) and a score as a junior . . . four-year starter and three-time captain for the Mount Lebanon basketball team . . . helped lead the Blue Devil basketball team to back-to-back appearances in the WPIAL Class AAAA finals . . . in his senior season, he became only the second two-sport athlete in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point career milestone . . . averaged 14.3 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior for Coach Joe David while helping the Blue Devils to a 26-2 record . . . member of the National Honor Society and Student Athletic Leadership Academy . . . son of Michael and Carolyn Lang . . . born May 24, 1992 . . . majoring in economics.
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