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Joel Nitchman
Joel Nitchman

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kalamazoo, Mich.

High School:
Hackett Catholic Central

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 296

Position:
C

Experience:
3L



2009 SEASON (SENIOR): Started three straight years at center . . . appeared in 35 career games, including 31 starts at center and 32 starts overall . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the league's media . . . selected to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten First Team . . . received the team's Up Front Award for most outstanding offensive lineman . . . graded out as a winner in seven of 10 regular-season games while surrendering only one sack in more than 300 passing plays . . . named Lineman of the Week vs. Illinois . . . returned to the lineup as the starting center in the Michigan game . . . after missing two games (Central Michigan, Notre Dame) with a knee injury he suffered in the season opener vs. Montana State, returned to the lineup as the starting left guard at Wisconsin in place of injured starter Joel Foreman . . . was one of 44 players featured on the Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List, which is awarded to the nation's top center . . . graduated in December 2009 with a degree in criminal justice.

2008 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the league's media . . . presented MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award . . . started all 13 games at center in 2008 . . . anchored an offensive line that helped produce the NCAA's fourth-leading rusher in Javon Ringer, who averaged 125.9 yards per game . . . graded out as a winner in eight regular-season games . . . allowed only 1.5 sacks in nearly 350 passing plays during the regular season . . . selected Lineman of the Week by the coaching staff on three occasions (vs. Florida Atlantic, Notre Dame and Iowa).

2007 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in 10 games, including eight starting assignments (seven starts at center) . . . suffered a knee injury on MSU's fifth offensive play vs. Northwestern and missed the next three games (Indiana, Ohio State and Iowa) . . . graded out as a winner in four of his first five starts . . . returned to the lineup vs. Michigan, starting as a sixth offensive lineman . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Spartans rank among the Big Ten leaders in scoring offense (second at 33.1 points per game), rushing offense (third at 198.2 yards per game) and total offense (fourth at 416.8 ypg.) . . . recorded a career-best three pancake blocks at No. 9 Wisconsin as the Spartans rolled up 564 total yards . . . earned his first collegiate start in the season opener vs. UAB as MSU amassed 593 total yards.

2006 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Purdue . . . made his only appearance of the 2006 season vs. Eastern Michigan, grading out a perfect 100 percent.

2005 SEASON: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by Rivals.com (No. 52) . . . named to SuperPrep's, Prep Football Report's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the Midwest's top 100 prospects by SuperPrep (No. 74) and Prep Football Report (No. 75) . . . rated Michigan's top offensive line prospect by Tom Lemming . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 4), The Detroit News (No. 6), Rivals.com (No. 8) and Lansing State Journal (No. 10) . . . three-year starter at offensive tackle for Coach Jim Coady at Hackett Catholic Central High School in Kalamazoo, Mich. . . . two-time allleague and all-conference selection . . . graded out 91 percent in his blocking assignments in 2004 while helping the Fighting Irish (7-2) advance to the state playoffs for the first time in 15 years . . . also saw action at defensive tackle as a senior . . . recorded 73 tackles (41 solos, 32 assists) in 2004, including seven sacks . . . returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown vs. Lake Michigan Catholic . . . played forward/center on the Fighting Irish basketball team . . . son of Brady and Barb Nitchman . . . born Sept. 29, 1986 . . . majoring in criminal justice.

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