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.
Malik McDowell returns to anchor the defensive line following a breakthrough sophomore season.
USATSI Gallery - Western Michigan @ Michigan State
CAREER NOTES: Third-year player expects to be a major contributor on the defensive line as a sophomore in 2017.
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.