CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner saw action in 26 games, including 16 starts at center . . . converted defensive lineman made the transition to offense during the 2007 season.
2010 SEASON (SENIOR): Fifth-year senior started all 13 games in his first year as the starting center . . . one of two recipients of the Tommy Love Award, which is awarded to the team's most improved player . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week against Northern Colorado. . . . named to the Sporting News' All-Spring Team for his hard work and steady improvement during spring drills.
2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in seven games in 2009, including three starts center (vs. Central Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin) . . . entered the lineup following Joel Nitchman's knee injury in the second quarter vs. Montana State and earned his first career start in Week 2 vs. Central Michigan . . . played a career-high 71 snaps at Wisconsin.
2008 SEASON: Made his only appearance of the 2008 season vs. Eastern Michigan . . . selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin.
2007 SEASON: Saw action vs. UAB in his only appearance of the 2007 season.
2006 SEASON: Saw action in four out of the last five games . . . recovered a fumble vs. Penn State . . . assisted on two tackles vs. Indiana . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top defensive ends by Scouts Inc. (No. 40) . . . ranked among the state's top 20 seniors by The Detroit News (No. 11), Detroit Free Press (No. 14), Lansing State Journal (No. 14) and Rivals.com (No. 15) . . . Associated Press Class A all-state selection in 2005 . . . garnered All-Metro and All-Metro East honors from The Detroit News as a senior . . . three-year starter and two-year captain for Coach Mike Giannone at Dakota High School in Macomb, Mich. . . . helped the Cougars earn back-toback trips to the state semifinals in 2004-05 . . . two-way starter saw action at offensive guard and defensive end . . . recorded 59 tackles, including 15 sacks, as a senior . . . returned an interception for a touchdown in 2005 . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Detroit News in 2004 . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan offensive guard/center and current Cincinnati Bengal Kyle Cook . . . donated 8 inches of hair from the sides of his head to Locks of Love in March 2010 (Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under 21, suffering from long-term medical hair loss) . . . son of Robert and Susan Stipek . . . born Oct. 2, 1987 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources.