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Tyler O'Connor
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Tyler  O'Connor

Hometown:
Lima, Ohio

High School:
Lima Central Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 228

Position:
QB

Experience:
4L

04/05/2017

Four Spartans Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

03/22/2017

Grinz on Green: Next Group of Spartans Ready to Prove They Belong in the NFL

Drafted or undrafted, Spartans under head coach Mark Dantonio have a long track record of success at the next level.

03/22/2017

Michigan State Hosts Annual Pro Day

Nineteen former players from the 2016 team audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.

12/11/2016

2016 Spartan Football Award Winners Announced

R.J. Shelton named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

12/07/2016

Program-Record 22 Spartan Football Players Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Matt Macksood, Tyler O'Connor and Josiah Price garner Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth time.

10/18/2014

Michigan State 56- Indiana 17

10/11/2014

Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

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

09/27/2014

Michigan State 56 - Wyoming 14

08/18/2014

8/18/14 Update

12/29/2013

Michigan State Media Day

11/26/2016

Penn State 45, Michigan State 12

Check out the Michigan State USATSI photo gallery from the game against Penn State.

11/19/2016

No. 2 Ohio State 17, Michigan State 16

Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against No. 2 Ohio State.

11/05/2016

Illinois 31, Michigan State 27

Photos from Michigan State @ Illinois on November 5, 2016.

10/29/2016

USATSI Gallery - No. 2 Michigan @ Michigan State

USATSI Gallery - No. 2 Michigan @ Michigan State

10/15/2016

USATSI Gallery - Northwestern @ Michigan State

USATSI Gallery - Northwestern @ Michigan State

Bio (PDF) | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner completed 188-of-316 passes (.595) for 2,344 yards, 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 25 career games (23 at quarterback; two at punter), with 10 career starts (4-6 record, including 2-0 vs. ranked teams on road) . . . also rushed for 164 yards and two TDs on 91 carries (1.8 avg.) . . . elected a team captain in 2016 . . . spent three seasons (2013-15) as the back-up quarterback, behind Connor Cook . . . one of just 25 Spartans in program history to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors four times . . . graduated with a bachelor's degree in supply chain management in December 2015 . . . graduated with his master's degree in marketing research in December 2016.

2016 SEASON (SENIOR): Named the team's offensive recipient of the Biggie Munn Award (Most Inspirational Player) . . . elected a team captain . . . started nine of the 11 games he played in as a senior . . . during regular season ranked fifth in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (135.2 rating), fifth in completion percentage (.588), eighth in touchdown passes (16) and ninth in passing (179.1 ypg) . . . for the season was 154-of-262 passing for 1,970 yards with 16 TDs and nine INTs . . . came off bench at No. 8 Penn State and was 17-of-33 for 117 yards . . . was 6-of-16 for 105 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions vs. No. 2 Ohio State, adding 4 yards rushing on five carries . . . tied his career high with three touchdown passes (2 and 4 yards to Josiah Price, 50 yards to Trishton Jackson) against Rutgers and he finished 10-of-15 passing for 141 yards, also rushing for 18 yards including career-long 16-yard scamper. . . . started at Illinois and had career-best 23 completions on 23-of-35 passing for 265 yards, before leaving game in fourth quarter with an injury; the 265 passing yards were the third most by a Spartan against Illinois . . . returned to action and starting lineup vs. No. 2 Michigan, going 7-of-14 passing for 84 yards with one TD and one INT . . . did not play at Maryland due to injury . . . did not start vs. Northwestern but came off bench and was 13-of-21 for career-high 281 yards; tied his career high of three TD passes . . . helped set new MSU single-game passing yards team record with 424 . . . had an 86-yard TD pass to R.J. Shelton for second time in three games, adding a 59-yard scoring strike on previous possession . . . was 7-of-11 passing for 58 yards vs. BYU . . . set a new career high for completions with 21 at Indiana as part of 21-of-35 passing for 263 yards, including another career mark with longest pass on an 86-yard pass to R.J. Shelton for a TD, tying for the seventh-longest touchdown pass in school history and the longest since 2013 . . . also tied career high with three passing TDs, adding 36 yards rushing on 11 carries . . . was 18-of-38 passing for 224 yards vs. No. 11 Wisconsin . . . earned his second consecutive win over a ranked team on the road (No. 2 Ohio State in 2015) by leading MSU to victory at No. 18 Notre Dame, earning Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week team award after completing 19-of-26 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns against the Irish . . . in his first career home start, recorded then-career highs for completions (13), pass attempts (18), passing yards (190) and passing touchdowns (3) in win over Furman.

2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in six games (four at quarterback, two at punter) . . . completed 54 percent of his passes (13-of-24) for 133 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . saw brief action (four snaps) vs. Penn State . . . in his first career start at No. 2 Ohio State, completed 7-of-12 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown (12 yards to Trevon Pendleton in second quarter) and rushed eight times for 25 yards, as the Spartans ended the Buckeyes' 23-game winning streak with a 17-14 victory in Columbus . . . named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against OSU . . . his 89 passing yards and 12 pass attempts against the Buckeyes were a then-career high, and the seven completions tied a then-career high (Youngstown State, 2013) . . . in his first extended action of the season, came off the bench to complete 6-of-11 throws for 44 yards against Maryland, including a 10-yard touchdown strike to Macgarrett Kings Jr. with 6:52 left in the first quarter . . . directed TD drives of 50 yards (10 plays) in the first quarter and 62 yards (11 plays) in the third quarter against the Terrapins . . . named fourth game captain vs. Indiana . . . punted in two games (Rutgers, Michigan) . . . was the starting punter at No. 12 Michigan; averaged 38.2 yards per punt (four punts for 153 yards), including a 46-yarder, against the Wolverines . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Rutgers after recording a 39-yard punt that was placed on the RU 5-yard line in the third quarter; it marked his first career punt.

2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in five games, completing 75 percent of his passes (12-of-16) for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed his only pass attempt, a 24-yarder to Monty Madaris, in the fourth quarter against Rutgers . . . completed both of his passes against Wyoming, including a 6-yard TD strike to Keith Mumphery; also had 14 rushing yards on three carries, including a 12-yard TD run . . . was 4-of-5 passing for 58 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to AJ Troup, in the victory over Eastern Michigan . . . completed 5-of-8 passes for 56 yards and rushed for 5 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, in the season opener against Jacksonville State.

2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in three games (South Florida, Youngstown State, Illinois) to earn his first letter . . . Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed 9-of-14 passes (.643) for 90 yards . . . was 7-of-10 passing for 68 yards in the win over Youngstown State . . . in his collegiate debut vs. South Florida, completed 2-of-4 passes for 22 yards.

2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Boise State.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected Ohio's MVP after accounting for 174 total yards and two scores in a 24-21 overtime win over Pennsylvania in the 2012 Big 33 Football Classic . . . completed 18-of-33 throws for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Ohio North-South Classic . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by 247Sports.com (No. 13) and Rivals.com (No. 18) . . . rated among the country's top quarterbacks by ESPN.com (No. 58) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 18), Rivals.com (No. 30) and ESPN.com (No. 51) . . . participated in the 2011 Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Malibu, Calif. . . . four-year starter for Coach Jerry Cooper at Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic High School . . . second-team All-Ohio (Division V) selection by The Associated Press in 2011 . . . named to AP Northwest All-District First Team as a senior . . . selected Northwest Conference Back of the Year for the second-straight season after throwing for 1,995 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2011 while leading the Thunderbirds to a 10-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in the final AP Division V Poll . . . connected on 18-of-32 passes for 333 yards, five TDs and four interceptions vs. Liberty-Benton in the 2011 state quarterfinals . . . also earned first-team all-conference honors as the kicking specialist as a senior, converting 26-of-29 extra-point attempts and averaging 38 yards per punt . . . voted 2010 NWC Back of the Year after accounting for 2,986 total yards and 40 TDs . . . completed 141-of-231 throws (.610) for 2,516 yards, 27 TDs and six interceptions as a junior . . . rushed for 470 yards and 13 scores in 2010 . . . threw for 1,631 yards (100-of-173 passing) and 21 TDs as a sophomore . . . hit 104-of-222 passes for 1,634 yards and 11 scores as a freshman . . . four-year starter on the Thunderbirds' basketball team . . . earned second-team AP All-Ohio (Division III) honors as a junior after averaging 12.8 points per game . . . son of Mike and Barb O'Connor . . . born March 4, 1994 . . . spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in Australia (June-July 2015), participating in MSU's study abroad International Summer Sports Program.

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O'CONNOR'S CAREER STATISTICS

RUSHING G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 2013................ 3 8 24 0 10 3.0 8.0 2014................ 5 6 22 2 12 3.7 4.4 2015................ 6 14 48 0 11 3.4 8.0 2016................ 11 63 70 0 16 1.1 6.4 TOTAL............... 25 91 164 2 16 1.8 6.6

PASSING G Att- Cmp- Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G Effic 2013................ 3 14- 9- 0 90 0 18 64.3 6.4 30.0 118.3 2014................ 5 16- 12- 1 151 2 33 75.0 9.4 30.2 183.0 2015................ 6 24- 13- 1 133 2 36 54.2 5.5 22.2 119.9 2016................ 11 262- 154- 9 1970 16 86 58.8 7.5 179.1 135.2 TOTAL............... 25 316- 188- 11 2344 20 86 59.5 7.4 93.8 135.7

TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2013................ 3 24 90 114 38.0 2014................ 5 22 151 173 34.6 2015................ 6 48 133 181 30.2 2016................ 11 70 1970 2040 185.5 TOTAL............... 25 164 2344 2508 100.3

SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2013................ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2014................ 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 2.4 2015................ 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2016................ 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 25 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.5

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2013................ 3 24 0 0 0 0 24 8.0 2014................ 5 22 0 0 0 0 22 4.4 2015................ 6 48 0 0 0 0 48 8.0 2016................ 11 70 0 0 0 0 70 6.4 TOTAL............... 25 164 0 0 0 0 164 6.6

PUNTING G No. Yards Lg Avg 2013................ 3 0 0 0 0.0 2014................ 5 0 0 0 0.0 2015................ 6 5 192 46 38.4 2016................ 11 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 25 5 192 46 38.4

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