MSU Defense Feature
Michigan State held its annual media day Monday afternoon in the Izzo Family Media Center inside Spartan Stadium.
R.J. Shelton named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
USATSI Gallery - Western Michigan @ Michigan State
CAREER NOTES: Third-year player is a major contributor on the defensive line as a sophomore in 2017 . . . slated as the Spartans’ starter at nose tackle . . . member of the team’s Eagles leadership council . . . has 54 tackles in 21 career games, including 13 consecutive starts . . . has 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in his career.
2017 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Has started all 10 games this season . . . has 26 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss (17 yards) . . . has set or tied a career high in four of last seven games . . . recorded two stops at No. 11 Ohio State . . . tallied three tackles with one tackle for loss and 0.5 sack in win over No. 7 Penn State, logging 12 production points . . . posted one stop and one QB hurry at Northwestern . . . logged career-high six tackles against Indiana, marking third game in last four with a career-best, adding two QB hurries, totaling season-high 25 production points to lead the defensive line unit and rank second on the defense . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Hoosiers; also named to Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week . . . tied previous career-best for the fifth time of career with four stops at Minnesota and led defensive tackles with 20 production points . . . posted one stop against No. 7 Michigan . . . tied career-high with four tackles against Iowa, including half a tackle for loss and adding a QB hurry . . . logged two tackles, including one tackle for loss, vs. Notre Dame . . . posted three stops against Western Michigan, including one sack . . . logged one QB hurry against Bowling Green.
2016 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in 11 games, including three starts at nose tackle (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State), to earn his first letter . . . ranked fourth on the team with five tackles for loss (14 yards) . . . collected 28 tackles overall . . . also had two sacks for 10 yards . . . named MSU's defensive recipient of the Tommy Love Award (most improved player) . . . honorable mention choice for the BTN.com All-Freshman Team . . . played in the first four games of season before missing BYU game with an injury but returned to action vs. Northwestern . . . started at nose tackle at No. 8 Penn State and posted season-high tying four tackles . . . started against No. 2 Ohio State and played in 66 of the 67 plays, logging three tackles, including one pass break-up and three QB hurries . . . made first career start in Rutgers game, starting at nose tackle and registering two tackles, including a half tackle for loss . . . tallied two tackles vs. No. 2 Michigan . . . tied career high with four tackles vs. Northwestern, including career-high 1.5 tackles for loss . . . notched three stops at Indiana with one tackle for loss and one QB hurry . . . logged best outing as a Spartan vs. No. 11 Wisconsin with season-best four tackles, including a sack and forced fumble that set up MSU's first field goal . . . notched two tackles at No. 18 Notre Dame, including first career sack in the fourth quarter . . . made Spartan debut vs. Furman, recording three tackles.
2015 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Western Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 159) and 247Sports.com (No. 246) . . . rated among the country's top defensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 17), 247Sports.com (No. 18) and ESPN.com (No. 38) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 39) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 2), Scout.com (No. 3) and ESPN.com (No. 11) . . . three-year starter and three-time All-Catholic League Red Division selection for Coach Bill Jeske at DePaul College Prep (formerly Gordon Tech) in Chicago, Illinois . . . saw action at defensive tackle, defensive end and right tackle as a senior while helping the Rams to their first winning season since 2005 and a trip to the Prep Bowl playoffs . . . earned first-team all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune and The News-Gazette as a senior . . . named to the Chicago Sun-Times and ChicagoFootball.com's all-area teams . . . presented the Tony Lawless Award as the Catholic League Red Division Player of the Year in 2014 . . . recorded 74 tackles (53 solos, 21 assists) as a senior, with 22 resulting in losses including eight sacks . . . also credited with nine pass break-ups and three forced fumbles in 2014 . . . also played basketball . . . appointed captain of the Rams' basketball team as a sophomore . . . son of LaTasha Williams . . . his guardian is MacKenzie Hyde . . . born Feb. 14, 1997 . . . communication major.