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CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year player and three-year letterwinner looks to lead the Spartans in rushing for the fourth consecutive season in 2018 . . . has rushed for 2,591 yards in his first three seasons, ranking 12th on MSU career rushing yards list . . . is tied for No. 12 on career rushing TDs list with 24, joining Craig Thomas (1990-93) . . . also No. 11 on career rushing attempts with 531, becoming the 14th Spartan with 500 rushing attempts . . . also No. 12 on career rushing yards per game list (68.2 ypg) . . . tied for No. 13 on career touchdowns scored list with 27 (25 rushing, two receiving), matching Scott Greene (1992-95) . . . has played in 38 career games, including 18 starts . . . has nine career 100-yard rushing games.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media . . . led the Spartans in rushing for the third straight season with 898 yards on a career-high 201 carries (76.6 ypg) . . . also had a career-high 20 catches for 146 yards and one score . . . led team in all-purpose yards (1,044; 87.0 ypg), ranking 11th in the B1G in all-purpose yards per game and 12th in total all-purpose yards . . . led team with eight rushes of 20+ yards . . . recorded third 100-yard rushing game of 2017 in the Holiday Bowl, gaining 110 yards on 18 carries (6.1 avg.) against No. 18 Washington State, including a 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave MSU a 42-17 lead . . . also had two receptions for 26 yards to lead MSU in all-purpose yards with 136 . . . had 19 carries for 57 yards, adding one catch for 13 yards at Rutgers . . . posted second 100-yard rushing outing of season with 147 yards on career-high 29 carries against Maryland, posting the most rushing yards by a Spartan against Maryland (previous: 138 by Jeremy Langford in 2014), and was the third-most single-game total in career . . . rushed eight times for 30 yards and had two catches for 16 yards at No. 11 Ohio State . . . tallied 43 yards on 14 carries with a 3-yard TD in win over No. 7 Penn State, adding four catches for 9 yards . . . rushed for 16 yards on eight carries to go with two catches for 11 yards at Northwestern . . . had game-high 87 yards on 22 carries with game-sealing 18-yard TD against Indiana, adding two catches for 15 yards . . . named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after recording career highs in both carries (25) and rushing yards (194) at Minnesota while also tying a career high with two rushing TDs (24 yards in second quarter; 6 yards in fourth quarter) . . . became the first Spartan to record a 100-yard rushing game this season and posted the most rushing yards by a Spartan since the last time MSU played at Minnesota in 2012, when Le'Veon Bell had 266 yards rushing on 35 carries . . . added one catch for season-high 26 yards . . . earned Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors . . . did not play against Michigan due to an injury . . . tallied 28 yards on 14 carries (2.0 ypc), adding one catch for 2 yards, against Iowa . . . had 11 carries for 61 yards (5.5 ypc) with a long of 14 yards vs. Notre Dame, adding a 4-yard catch . . . registered game-high 86 yards on 18 carries (4.8 ypc) against Western Michigan, including a season-long 44-yard scamper on a fourth-and-1 from the MSU 45-yard line early in the fourth quarter, and later scored on a 2-yard plunge to give MSU a 14-0 lead . . . added three catches for 25 yards including a 15-yard score, finishing game with 111 all-purpose yards . . . logged 15 carries for 39 yards (2.6 ypc) in season opener against Bowling Green.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Led team in rushing yards (994), carries (184), total touchdowns (7) and rushing touchdowns (6), while also leading the running backs in yards per carry (5.4) . . . set new career highs with 184 carries and 994 yards . . . his 994 rushing yards were seventh most by a Spartan sophomore in a single season . . . third-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . honorable mention all-league choice by the coaches . . . offensive recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award . . . reached 100 rushing yards in four of the last six games, averaging 109.7 ypg in final six games of season . . . rushed for 100 yards five times overall, which tied for second most in the Big Ten in the regular season . . . played in all 12 games, including 10 starts at tailback . . . had 16 carries for 59 yards at No. 8 Penn State in limited action with an injury . . . collected career highs in rushing yards (160), all-purpose yards (236) and receiving yards (76) against No. 2 Ohio State; scored two TDs against the Buckeyes, one on a career-long 64-yard catch and run on MSU's second offensive play of the game and the second on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter that pulled MSU within 17-16 . . . the career-high 76 receiving yards more than doubled his previous season total of 71 yards . . . also recorded a career-long rush with a 61-yard scamper in the first quarter against the Buckeyes . . . darted for 122 yards on 20 carries vs. Rutgers, with one TD . . . earned Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. Rutgers . . . rushed for 50 yards on 14 carries and added three catches for 19 yards at Illinois . . . tied career high with 22 carries and rushed for 139 yards vs. No. 2 Michigan, becoming the first opponent RB to record a 100-yard rushing game against the Wolverines in 2016 . . . added two catches for 47 yards vs. Michigan and had a 5-yard TD in the first quarter . . . registered second 100-yard rushing outing of the season with 128 yards on 20 carries (6.4 ypc) at Maryland, including a career-long 48-yard run for a TD . . . the 128 rushing yards were the second-most ever by a Spartan against Maryland (record: Jeremy Langford with 138 in 2014) . . . tallied 38 yards on 11 carries at Indiana . . . logged 61 yards on 14 rushes vs. Wisconsin, with a long of 19 yards on Spartans' first play from scrimmage . . . was MSU's starting tailback at No. 18 Notre Dame; tied his career high with 22 carries and had 98 rushing yards against the Fighting Irish . . . had 105 rushing yards on 20 carries (5.3 avg.) with one TD vs. Furman; scored on a 9-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
2015 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman led the team in rushing (699 yards; 49.9 ypg.; 4.8 avg.), carries (146) and rushing touchdowns (11) . . . became first freshman to lead MSU in rushing since Larry Caper in 2009 . . . named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by ESPN.com . . . his 11 rushing TDs tied for third most in the Big Ten and were also second most by a Spartan freshman in a single season (Sedrick Irvin, 16, 1996) . . . ranked second on the team in scoring with 66 points . . . played in all 14 games, including one start (Michigan) . . . named co-recipient of the team's Outstanding Underclass Back Award (offense) . . . led all rushers with 73 yards on 22 carries, including the game-winning 1-yard TD run on third-and-goal with 27 seconds remaining, vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game; had 14 carries for 40 yards during MSU's game-winning 22-play, 82-yard drive, including three third-down conversions . . . carried the ball 11 times for 41 yards, including a 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, in the victory over Penn State . . . rushed 13 times for 58 yards in the win at No. 2 Ohio State; had 50 yards on 10 carries in the fourth quarter . . . led team with 11 carries for 68 yards, including a 26-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, vs. Indiana . . . scored two rushing touchdowns at Michigan (11 yards in second quarter; 1 yard in fourth quarter) in his first career start . . . sat out the first half (knee) at Rutgers, but returned to action in the second half and rushed for 42 yards on nine carries, including two touchdowns (1 yard, 3 yards) . . . his 3-yard TD at Rutgers with 43 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winning score in the 31-24 win . . . named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after rushing for 146 yards -- the most by a Spartan freshman since Javon Ringer in 2005 -- and two touchdowns on 18 carries (8.1 avg.) against Purdue . . . ran for 54 yards on eight carries (6.8 avg.), including a 29-yard rush, vs. Central Michigan . . . collected 76 yards on 11 carries (6.9 avg.) in the win over No. 7 Oregon; scored the first two rushing TDs of his career on a 6-yard run in the third quarter and a 38-yard scamper in the fourth quarter that made it 31-21 Spartans in the eventual 31-28 win against the Ducks . . . named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against Oregon . . . led the Spartans with 77 rushing yards on 13 attempts (5.9 avg.) in his collegiate debut at Western Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top overall prospects by Scout.com (No. 65), 247Sports.com (No. 78) and ESPN.com (No. 93) . . . rated among the country's top running backs by ESPN.com (No. 7), 247Sports.com (No. 7) and Scout.com (No. 8) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 6) . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by Scout.com (No. 2), ESPN.com (No. 4) and 247Sports.com (No. 4) . . . named a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football award, presented by The Associated Press . . . selected AP Division III Co-Offensive Player of the Year, AP Division III Northeast Inland All-District Offensive Player of the Year and Trumbull County Player of the Year as a senior . . . four-year starter for Coach Brian Hoffman at Hubbard (Ohio) High School . . . rushed 295 times for a school single-season record 2,819 yards (9.6 yards per carry; 216.8 yards per game) and 38 touchdowns in 2014 . . . accounted for a career-best 3,149 all-purpose yards as a senior . . . recorded 13 100-yard games in 2014, including eight 200-yard efforts . . . also contributed 38 tackles (23 solos, 15 assists), including five for losses, five interceptions and four pass break-ups as a senior . . . closed out his senior season with four-straight 200-yard games (943 rushing yards and 10 TDs), averaging 235.8 ypg. down the stretch . . . rushed for 208 yards and two scores plus produced a season-high seven tackles, including one for a loss, in the state quarterfinals vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary . . . carried 22 times for 286 yards and four TDs vs. Tallmadge . . . ran 14 times for a season-high 291 yards (20.8 avg.) and three scores vs. McKinley . . . gained 278 yards on 27 attempts and scored four TDs vs. Poland Seminary . . . produced four rushing TDs vs. Kenmore (15 carries for 156 yards) . . . picked up 248 yards on 23 carries and scored four TDs in the 2014 season opener vs. Lakeview . . . rushed 218 times for 1,867 yards (8.6 avg.) and 24 TDs as a junior . . . compiled nine 100-yard rushing games in 2013, including three 200-yard outings . . . ran 21 times for a career-best 355 yards and three scores vs. Northwest . . . also produced a career-high 410 all-purpose yards vs. Northwest (355 rushing, 10 kickoff returns, 19 punt returns and 26 interception returns) . . . posted the first 300-yard rushing game of his career in the 2013 season opener vs. Lakeview (24 carries for 326 yards and four TDs) . . . carried 168 times for 1,614 yards (9.6 avg.) and 23 TDs as a sophomore . . . had eight 100-yard rushing games in 2012, including four 200-yard efforts . . . accounted for a season-high 368 all-purpose yards in the second meeting of the season vs. McKinley (203 rushing, 70 kickoff returns, 35 punt returns and 60 interception returns) . . . ran 19 times for 233 yards and five TDs vs. Canfield . . . posted a season-high eight tackles, including one for a loss, and an interception in the first meeting of the 2012 season vs. McKinley . . . scored three rushing TDs vs. Girard, including a 91-yard gallop . . . gained 201 yards on just five carries (40.2 avg.) and scored five rushing TDs (career-best six TDs total) in the 2012 season opener vs. Collinwood . . . burst onto the scene as a freshman, rushing for 1,176 yards (132 carries; 8.9 avg.) and 13 TDs . . . delivered seven 100-yard rushing games in 2011, including the last three in a row (492 rushing yards; 164.0 ypg. and eight rushing TDs during the three-game stretch) . . . rushed 22 times for a season-high 196 yards and five scores vs. Liberty . . . set Mahoning Valley and Eagle career rushing records with 7,476 yards (813 carries; 9.2 avg.; 162.5 ypg.; 98 TDs) . . . eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in 37 of 46 career games, including 15 200-yard efforts . . . had 48 career receptions for 660 yards (13.8 avg.) and three TDs . . . accounted for 9,196 career all-purpose yards (199.9 ypg.) and 104 total TDs . . . returned 35 career kickoffs for 644 yards (18.4 avg.; long 70) . . . returned 16 career punts for 295 yards (18.4 avg.; long 80) . . . his career defensive totals include 108 tackles (74 solos, 34 assists), with 18 resulting in losses including 5.5 sacks, 10 interceptions (121 return yards), 12 pass break-ups and two blocked field goals . . . attended the same high school that produced Michigan State 2014 All-American and Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year Kurtis Drummond . . . son of Lachelle Steele . . . born Sept. 15, 1996 . . . sociology major.