Playmaker moves into his second season as the starting free safety . . . preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's . . .
AS A JUNIOR: Shard the Tommy Love Award as the team's most improved player with defensive end Nick Myers, offensive tackle Siitupe Peko and offensive guard Dave Sucura . . . started all 12 games at free safety in 1999 and led the team in minutes played with 375.5 . . . finished second on the team in tackles with 92 (54 solos, 38 assists), including two for losses (3 yards) . . . had nine pass break-ups . . . had eight tackles (4-4) and a pass break-up vs. Florida in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl . . . reached double figures in tackles three times in '99, including a career-high 17 stops (10-7) vs. Wisconsin . . . credited with 11 tackles (8-3) vs. Purdue . . . had 10 tackles (6-4) in the season opener vs. Oregon . . . his first career interception came in the third quarter vs. Ohio State . . . also recorded eight tackles (3-5) against the Buckeyes and shared Spartan Defensive Player of the Week honors with Hubert Thompson . . . recorded eight tackles (7 solos, 1 assist) and two pass break-ups in the '99 spring game to earn defensive MVP honors for the White team . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in all 12 games in 1998 and played 173 minutes . . . credited with 16 tackles (11 solos, 5 assists), including three for losses (8 yards) . . . had three pass break-ups vs. Illinois . . . recorded three solo hits vs. Ohio State, including one behind the line of scrimmage (2 yards) . . . earned his first collegiate start at boundary corner vs. Indiana and produced a career-high six tackles (3-3), including one for a loss (5 yards) . . . played a career-high 38 minutes vs. Indiana . . . returned a punt, blocked by Sean Banks, 25 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter vs. Notre Dame . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman in 1997 . . . recorded 21 tackles (14 solos, 7 assists) and broke up two passes . . . had four tackles each vs. Penn State (2-2), Indiana (3-1) and Memphis (3-1) . . . registered a season-high five stops (4-1) vs. Notre Dame . . . selected Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame, (2 solo tackles, 7 production points) . . . played a season-high 29 snaps in the '97 opener vs. Western Michigan . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: . . . Two-time All-Ohio, All-Northwest Ohio and all-league pick at Fostoria High School . . . played in the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 and Ohio North-South all-star games . . . had six tackles and a goal-line interception in the Big 33 All-Star Game . . . three-year starter played cornerback and free safety for Coach Rich Kill . . . picked off four passes as a senior in 1996 and returned one 40 yarder for a touchdown . . . returned a fumble 33 yards for a score . . . also returned a punt 74 yards and a kickoff 89 yards for TDs in '96 . . . intercepted four passes as a junior . . . three-year starter at shooting guard on the Fostoria basketball team . . . honorable mention all-state selection as a senior after averaging nearly 20 points . . . born Dec. 6, 1977 . . . majoring in parks, recreation and tourism.
Newsome's Career Statistics
Newsome's Career Highs
Tackles: 17, at Wisconsin 1999
Tackles: 5, three times (last vs. Wisconsin, 1999)
Tackles for Losses: 2, vs. Purdue (1999)
Sacks: 1, two times (last vs. Purdue, 1999)
Newsome's Game-By-Game Statistics