Michigan State begins spring practice Tuesday.
Nine former Spartans, including six seniors and three juniors from the 2012 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.
Spartans sign 18 players.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio and TCU head coach Gary Patterson talk about the matchup on Dec. 29 in Tempe, Ariz.
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner rushed for 836 yards and nine touchdowns in 47 career games . . . compiled 1,242 all-purpose yards (836 rushing, 318 receiving, 88 kick return) with 12 TDs (9 rushing, 3 receiving) in his career.
2012 (SENIOR): Saw action in all 13 games . . . ranked second on the team with 108 rushing yards on 18 carries (6.0 avg.) . . . also had six catches for 52 yards (8.7 avg.) . . . started two games lined up as a fullback (Boise State, Iowa) . . . recipient of the team's President's Award (senior back) for perseverance . . . rushed for 23 yards on two carries (11.5 avg.) at Minnesota . . . caught two passes for 12 yards at No. 23 Michigan . . . had a 15-yard TD reception at Indiana . . . compiled 66 yards rushing, including a career-long 39-yard run, at Central Michigan . . . rushed for 11 yards on three carries against No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON (JUNIOR): Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second-straight year . . . appeared in 11 games . . . missed three games due to injury (vs. Minnesota, Northwestern and the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin) . . . ranked third on the team in rushing with 116 yards on 30 carries (3.9 avg.) and one touchdown . . . was seventh on the team with 10 receptions for 86 yards (8.6 avg.) and one touchdown . . . had a 17-yard kickoff return in the 2012 Outback Bowl against No. 18 Georgia . . . left the Nebraska game with an injury after the first kickoff return and did not return . . . rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries (4.7 avg.) and had a 15-yard TD reception against Central Michigan . . . had a career-high four receptions for 25 yards at Notre Dame . . . rushed for 27 yards on nine carries against Florida Atlantic; named a game captain against the Owls . . . accounted for 59 all-purpose yards (37 receiving, 22 rushing) in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State, including a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter.
2010 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . saw action in 11 games in 2010 and accounted for 348 all-purpose yards and three scores . . . finished fourth on the team in rushing with 144 yards on 38 carries (3.8 avg.) . . . led the running backs with 12 receptions for 133 yards (11.1 avg.) . . . caught at least one pass in nine games . . . also returned three kickoffs for 71 yards (23.7 avg.) . . . returned two kickoffs for 53 yards, including a career-long 30-yarder, vs. Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl . . . gained 37 yards on seven carries vs. Illinois and scored on a 15-yard run around right end in the fourth quarter . . . carried eight times for 34 yards vs. No. 18 Michigan, including an 8-yard TD run in the third quarter . . . totaled 57 all-purpose yards vs. No. 11 Wisconsin and produced two key first downs on third-and-long situations on MSU's final TD drive in the fourth quarter, including a career-long 35-yard reception and an 11-yard run . . . compiled a season-best 68 all-purpose yards vs. Northern Colorado while setting season highs for carries (9) and rushing yards (38) . . . also scored on a 16-yard grab from Kirk Cousins late in the second quarter against the Bears . . . sidelined for the first two games of the 2010 season with a broken hand.
2009 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors from Sporting News and ESPN.com . . . true freshman appeared in 12 games in 2009, including five starts at running back (vs. Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas Tech) . . . led the Spartans in carries (120), rushing yards (468) and rushing touchdowns (6) . . . paced the team in rushing in three games . . . also had three receptions for 47 yards (15.7 avg.) . . . gained 32 yards on eight attempts (4.0 avg.) vs. No. 13 Penn State . . . ran eight times for 36 yards (4.5 avg.) at Purdue . . . sat out the entire Western Michigan game after suffering a head injury in the first half at Minnesota . . . matched his season-high with 16 carries for 63 yards vs. Northwestern, including a 22-yard TD run in the fourth quarter . . . rushed 16 times for a career-high 95 yards in MSU's 24-14 victory at Illinois, including a 17-yard TD scamper around right end in the first quarter . . . accounted for a season-high 139 all-purpose yards against the Illini (two catches for 44 yards) . . . scored two rushing TDs each vs. Michigan and Notre Dame . . . his 23-yard TD run around right end on a third-and-8 play gave the Spartans a 26-20 overtime win over the Wolverines . . . his game-winning run was listed No. 1 on ESPN's Top 10 College Football Plays of the Week for Oct. 3 . . . also capped off a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal in the first quarter vs. Michigan to give the Spartans a 7-3 lead . . . carried 12 times for a team-high 51 yards (4.2 avg.) at Notre Dame, scoring on runs of 1 and 7 yards . . . picked up 33 yards on six rushes (5.5 avg.) vs. Central Michigan . . . rushed seven times for 34 yards (4.9 avg.) in his collegiate debut vs. Montana State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . listed among the nation's top 100 prospects by PrepStar (No. 94) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 10) and the Detroit Free Press (No. 20) . . . rated among the country's top running backs by Max Emfinger Recruiting (No. 4), SuperPrep (No. 12), Scouts, Inc. (No. 21), Tom Lemming (No. 27), Rivals.com (No. 28) and Scout.com (No. 35) . . . listed among the state's top 10 prospects by The Detroit News (No. 3), Detroit Free Press (No. 6), Lansing State Journal (No. 6) and Rivals.com (No. 7) . . . named 2008-09 Battle Creek Enquirer Male Athlete of the Year . . . selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Game . . . Associated Press Division 1-2 All-State selection . . . named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team . . . four-year starter for Coach Doug Bess at Battle Creek (Mich.) Central High School . . . rushed 271 times for 1,726 yards (6.4 avg.) and 20 touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded nine 100-yard rushing games in 2008, including the last seven games in a row . . . carried 27 times for 242 yards and four TDs vs. Grand Ledge in the opening round of the 2008 Division 1 playoffs . . . scored on runs of 1, 36, 65 and 6 yards vs. Grand Ledge . . . gained a season-high 302 yards on 25 attempts and scored three TDs vs. Loy Norrix . . . rushed 46 times for 243 yards and three scores vs. Kalamazoo Central . . . returned three kickoffs for 120 yards (40.0 avg.) in 2008, including a 50-yard runback vs. Lumen Christi . . . carried 160 times for 1,473 yards (9.2 avg.) and 14 TDs as a junior . . . produced a school-record 4,226 career rushing yards . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White . . . son of Larry Sr. and Darlene Caper . . . born Sept. 12, 1991 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - community governance and advocacy.
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