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Brian Linthicum
Brian Linthicum

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Last College:
Clemson

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 245

Position:
TE

Experience:
3L


03/14/2012

Spartan NFL Draft Prospects State Their Case At Pro Day

Ten seniors and two juniors attempt to improve their NFL Draft status during the 3-hour workout.

03/14/2012

Spartans Hold Annual Pro Day

Fifteen former Spartans, including 10 seniors and two juniors from the 2011 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.

01/28/2012

Senior Bowl Preview - Part I

Q&A with Michigan State record-setting quarterback Kirk Cousins.

01/28/2012

Senior Bowl Preview - Part II

Q&A with Michigan State senior tight end Brian Linthicum.

01/19/2012

Three Spartans Accept Senior Bowl Invitations

Quarterback Kirk Cousins, tight end Brian Linthicum and safety Trenton Robinson have accepted invitations to play in the Jan. 28 all-star game in Mobile, Ala.

Bio in PDF Format
Game-by-Game Statistics: 2009 | 2010 | 2011


CAREER NOTES: Played in 52 collegiate games, including 31 starts . . . had 80 catches for 936 yards (11.7 avg.) and six touchdowns . . . in three years at Michigan State after transferring from Clemson, played in 39 games, including 26 starts, and had 69 receptions for 860 yards (12.5 avg.) and three touchdowns . . . among all Spartan tight ends in program history, finished his career ranked fifth in receptions (69) and sixth in receiving yards (860).

2011 SEASON (SENIOR): Named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches; honorable mention selection by the media . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 31 receptions for 364 yards (11.7 avg.) . . . started 13 games . . . recipient of the MSU Football Players Association's Community Service & Outreach Award . . . set career highs in both receptions (7) and receiving yards (115) in the 2012 Outback Bowl against No. 18 Georgia, including a career-long 50-yard reception in the fourth quarter . . . caught three passes for 31 yards at Northwestern . . . named National Tight End of the Week by the John Mackey Award and the College Football Performance Awards after recording five receptions for 71 yards in the win at Iowa . . . caught two passes for 14 yards against Minnesota . . . had two catches for 16 yards at No. 13 Nebraska . . . hauled in three receptions for 58 yards in victory over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . had two catches for 22 yards in the win over Michigan . . . named a game captain for the Notre Dame game.

2010 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games, including six starts (vs. Northern Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern and Penn State) . . . finished sixth on the team with 18 catches for 230 yards (12.8 avg.) . . . caught at least one pass in 10 games . . . his 28-yard diving reception vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl made ESPN SportsCenter's "Top 10" Plays . . . matched his career high with four catches for 42 yards at Penn State . . . also recovered Penn State's attempted onside kick with 55 seconds left to ice MSU's 28-22 victory in State College, as the Spartans clinched a share of the 2010 Big Ten Championship . . . had two catches each vs. Western Michigan (13 yards), Wisconsin (11) and Illinois (14) . . . had a career-long 34-yard grab at No. 18 Michigan . . . caught three passes for a career-best 63 yards vs. Northern Colorado, including a 24-yard touchdown reception from Kirk Cousins in the second quarter . . . sat out spring practice with a knee injury.

2009 SEASON (RED-SHIRT SOPHOMORE): Honorable mention selection to the All-Sophomore Team as named by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in 12 games in 2009, including seven starting assignments . . . had 20 receptions for 266 yards (13.3 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . his 20 catches ranked second among Spartan tight ends . . . caught at least one pass in nine games . . . led the Spartan tight ends with 14 pancake blocks, including four each vs. Michigan and Illinois . . . did not play in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech due to a knee injury . . . registered career highs in catches (4) and receiving yards (61) vs. Western Michigan . . . 38 of his 61 receiving yards against the Broncos came after the catch . . . recorded three receptions and 38 receiving yards at Minnesota, including a 26-yard TD grab from Kirk Cousins in the second quarter . . . caught two passes for 26 yards vs. Iowa, including an 11-yard reception on a hook-and-lateral play late in the fourth quarter that gained 38 yards overall after he pitched the ball to Blair White . . . the play occurred on a third-and-18 situation and two plays later MSU scored a TD with 1:37 remaining that gave the Spartans a 13-9 lead . . . had a 25-yard reception at Illinois that set up MSU's second TD . . . his 22-yard reception vs. Michigan helped set up MSU's second TD . . . had one catch for 27 yards at Wisconsin . . . hauled in three catches for 34 yards at Notre Dame . . . also played a season-high 54 snaps against the Irish . . . collected three receptions for 26 yards in his Spartan debut vs. Montana State, including a 3-yard TD grab from Keith Nichol.

2008 SEASON: Sat out the entire 2008 season after transferring to Michigan State from Clemson . . . selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Ohio State and Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Northwestern.

2007 SEASON (FRESHMAN AT CLEMSON): Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman, including five starting assignments at tight end (vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Auburn) . . . played 401 snaps in 2007 - most by a first-year Clemson player on offense . . . had 11 receptions for 76 yards (6.9 avg.) and three touchdowns . . . caught at least one pass in eight games . . . returned two kickoffs for 19 yards . . . also produced 30 knockdown blocks . . . had two catches each vs. Louisiana-Monroe (23 yards), N.C. State (19) and South Carolina (14) . . . his first reception went for an 11-yard TD vs. Florida State . . . also had a season-high five knockdown blocks against the Seminoles . . . scored on an 8-yard grab from Cullen Harper vs. Louisiana-Monroe . . . his third TD reception came on a 2-yard toss from Tribble Reese in the fourth quarter vs. Duke . . . matched his season high with five knockdowns each vs. Furman, N.C. State and Central Michigan . . . graduated from high school in December 2006 and participated in 2007 spring practice at Clemson . . . made the Dean's List in the 2007 spring semester.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top tight ends by Rivals.com (No. 29) and Scout.com (No. 33) . . . rated among Virginia's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 13) and SuperPrep (No. 18) . . . earned first-team all-state (Virginia Independent School Athletic Association - Division 2) honors as a senior . . . caught 40 passes for 800 yards and 12 TDs in 2006 at Saint Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va. . . . received all-state honors as a tight end and defensive end as a junior in New Mexico . . . played AAU basketball for the New Mexico Force . . . son of Don and Carla Linthicum . . . born Nov. 28, 1987 . . . brother Josh earned four letters as a center on the Bucknell basketball team (2006-09) . . . participated in the July 2010 Heroes for Kids golf outing, benefiting Saginaw (Mich.) youth recreation programs . . . earned a bachelor's degree in general management in December 2010 . . . currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.

CAREER HIGHS
Catches: 7, vs. Georgia (1/2/11)
Receiving Yards: 115, vs. Georgia (1/2/11)
TD Catches: 1, six times (last vs. Northern Colorado, 9/25/10)

LINTHICUM'S CAREER STATISTICS

RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2009................ 12 20 266 2 27 1.7 13.3 22.2 2010................ 13 18 230 1 34 1.4 12.8 17.7 2011................ 14 31 364 0 50 2.2 11.7 26.0 TOTAL............... 39 69 860 3 50 1.8 12.5 22.1

SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2009................ 12 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 1.0 2010................ 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.5 2011................ 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.1 TOTAL............... 39 3 0 3 0 0 1 0 20 0.5

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2009................ 12 0 266 0 0 0 266 22.2 2010................ 13 0 230 0 0 0 230 17.7 2011................ 14 0 364 0 0 0 364 26.0 TOTAL............... 39 0 860 0 0 0 860 22.1

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2009................ 12 1 0 1 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2010................ 13 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2011................ 14 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 39 1 0 1 0.0-0 0 0 0 0

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