McDowell becomes the highest-drafted defensive lineman in the Mark Dantonio era at No. 35 overall.
Nineteen former players from the 2016 team audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.
Linebacker Riley Bullough, defensive lineman Malik McDowell and safety Montae Nicholson will participate in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
• 2016 SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (SI.COM, CBS SPORTS)
• 2016 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (ASSOCIATED PRESS, PHIL STEELE)
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner chose to forgo his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft . . . collected 90 tackles, including 24.5 for losses and 7.5 sacks, in 36 career games (23 starts) . . . a versatile athlete, can start any position on the defensive line.
2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named second-team All-American by CBS Sports and SI.com . . . selected first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches and media . . . led the Spartan defensive line with 34 tackles, including a team-best seven for losses (31 yards), in nine games . . . started in eight games (five at nose tackle; three at defensive end) before missing the final three games of the season with an injury (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) . . . started the first four games of season at nose tackle before missing first half of BYU game due to suspension for the first half following a targeting penalty at Indiana . . . after making first four starts of season at defensive tackle, started Northwestern, Maryland and Michigan games at defensive end before switching back to defensive tackle at Illinois . . . made third start in a row at defensive end vs. No. 2 Michigan and tied his season high with two tackles for loss (3 yards) . . . logged five tackles at Maryland, including an impressive one-arm sack for loss of 9 yards . . . in his first career start at defensive end, posted career-high 11 tackles vs. Northwestern with season-best 2.0 TFLs and 0.5 sacks, leading the defensive linemen with 17 production points . . . logged three tackles in second half vs. BYU (suspended for first half due to targeting at Indiana) . . . posted five stops at Indiana, including half a tackle for loss . . . named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week for his outing at No. 18 Notre Dame, logging four tackles including half a tackle for loss; posted 12 total production points as top defensive lineman for second straight game . . . started Furman game at nose tackle, logging three tackles, including one for loss and tallied one QB hurry . . . earned Spartan Defensive Player of the Week award and also posted 16 production points to top defensive linemen and tie for second on defense.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com and second-team by The Associated Press and Athlon Sports . . . named to CampusInsiders.com All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . named recipient of the team’s Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) . . . ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (13 for 54 yards), tied for second in QB hurries (8) and third in sacks (4.5 for 38 yards) . . . ranked second on the team with 146 production points during the regular season . . . ranked second among Spartan defensive linemen with 41 tackles . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after recording two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic . . . had two tackles and was credited with a half tackle for loss and a QB hurry in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa . . . named Spartan Co-Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week after leading the team with 25 production points in the win over Penn State; returned an interception 13 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and also had a 10-yard sack . . . recorded a tackle and partially blocked OSU’s Cameron Johnston’s punt late in the fourth quarter in the win at No. 2 Ohio State that helped give MSU good field position (ball on OSU 48-yard line) with 4:07 remaining to set up the Spartans’ game-winning field-goal drive as time expired in the 17-14 win . . . named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after posting season highs in tackles (eight) and tackles for loss (4.5 for 14 yards) vs. Maryland; his 4.5 tackles for loss are the eighth-best single-game total in MSU history and the second most by a Big Ten player in 2015 (Dean Lowry, Northwestern, six vs. Nebraska) . . . also was credited with a half sack (2 yards) and forced fumble against the Terrapins . . . totaled a career-high 29 production points in the Maryland game and was also named the Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week . . . had 11 production points and three tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the win at No. 12 Michigan . . . recorded two tackles for loss (11 yards) at Rutgers, including a 10-yard sack in the final seconds of the game to help seal the win for the Spartans; named MSU’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Scarlet Knights . . . posted two tackles for loss (7 yards), including a 6-yard sack, forced a fumble, and made six stops overall vs. Purdue; led team with 23 production points against the Boilermakers and was named the Spartan Defensive Player of the Week . . . tallied six tackles vs. Air Force . . . credited with three tackles and two QB hurries in the win over No. 7 Oregon . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team with 19 production points in the season opener at Western Michigan; recorded a 10-yard sack and was credited with one quarterback hurry as MSU limited the Broncos to just 18 rushing yards.
2014 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman played in all 13 games at defensive tackle . . . one of four true freshmen to letter for the Spartans in 2014 . . . named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America . . . also named a Freshman All-American (third team) by Athlon Sports . . . named to ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Teams . . . finished his first season with 15 tackles, including 4.5 for losses (21 yards) and 1.5 sacks (15 yards) . . . earned the start in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic victory over No. 4 Baylor . . . recorded a 1-yard tackle for loss against the Bears . . . tallied two stops, including a 12-yard sack, in road win at Penn State . . . had two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, against Rutgers . . . collected two stops at Indiana . . . had two tackles, including a 3-yard loss, vs. Wyoming . . . posted three tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), at No. 3 Oregon . . . made his collegiate debut against Jacksonville State in the season opener.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played on the defensive line in the inaugural Border Classic as Team Michigan defeated Team Ohio, 27-14, on June 14, 2014, in Findlay, Ohio . . . participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4 in San Antonio . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked one of the nation’s top players by Rivals.com (No. 26), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 32), Scout.com (No. 36), 247Sports (No. 38), PrepStar (No. 49) and ESPN.com (No. 60) . . . ranked among the nation’s top defensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 2), 247Sports (No. 2), ESPN.com (No. 5), CFN (No. 6), Scout.com (No. 7) and PrepStar (No. 7) . . . listed as the No. 4 prospect in the Midwest by ESPN.com . . . named the state’s No. 1 prospect by Rivals.com, 247Sports and National Underclassmen . . . also named one of the top seniors in Michigan by ESPN.com (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 3), The Detroit News (No. 3) and Detroit Free Press (No. 4) . . . recorded 89 tackles, including eight sacks, with three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a senior and was named first-team all-state by The Associated Press . . . the Southfield defense only allowed 8.0 points per game . . . collected 70 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss with 15 sacks, as a junior at Detroit Loyola and was named the 2012 Associated Press Player of the Year in Division 7-8 . . . also named to the AP all-state first team in 2012 . . . helped lead Loyola to a 13-1 record and a berth in the Division 7 state championship game in 2012; posted seven tackles in the state title game against Ishpeming . . . son of Greg McDowell and Joya Crowe . . . born June 20, 1996 . . . sociology major.
McDOWELL'S CAREER STATISTICS
SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2015................ 14 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.4 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 36 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.2
INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2015................ 14 1 13 1 13 13.0 0.9 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 36 1 13 1 13 13.0 0.4
TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2014................ 13 10 5 15 4.5-21 0 0 0 0 2015................ 14 21 20 41 13.0-54 1 2 0 1 2016................ 9 20 14 34 7.0-31 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 36 51 39 90 24.5-106 1 2 0 1
SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2014................ 13 1 1 1.5 15 2015................ 14 4 1 4.5 38 2016................ 9 1 1 1.5 13 TOTAL............... 36 6 3 7.5 66