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Greg Taplin
Greg Taplin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hollywood, Fla.

High School:
Hallandale

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 259

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
01/18/1982

Experience:
3L


Begins his third season as a starter along Michigan State's defensive front, lining up at RUSH end in 2003...closed out spring ball with a bang, producing five tackles, including three for losses (9 yards), in the April 19 scrimmage...contributed five tackles, including two sacks for 15 yards, in the April 5 scrimmage...AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in 10 games, including eight starts at defensive end (vs. Eastern Michigan, Rice, California, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin and Penn State)...DNP vs. Michigan and Indiana...played a career-high 185.5 minutes...produced a career-best 38 tackles (30 solos, 8 assists), including two sacks (12 yards)...also credited with five QB hits...recorded a sack each vs. Penn State (4 yards) and Northwestern (8)...made seven stops (6-1) vs. Purdue...posted eight tackles (6-2) vs. Rice, tying his career best...selected Spartan Defensive Player of the Week vs. Eastern Michigan after being credited with five tackles, including four solo hits, three QB pressures and one QB hit...AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in all 12 games in 2001, including starts in the last six games at defensive end...registered 27 tackles (11 solos, 16 assists), including a season-high five stops (3-2) vs. Michigan...made four tackles (3-1) vs. Notre Dame...had three stops vs. Purdue (0-3), Indiana (2-1), Minnesota (1-2) and Central Michigan (0-3)...credited with six QB hits, including two knockdowns vs. Penn State...played 170 minutes in 2001, including a career-best 30.5 minutes vs. Indiana...AS A FRESHMAN: Named True Freshman All-American by Rivals.com...appeared in all 11 games in 2000, including three starts (vs. Northwestern, Illinois and Purdue), and played 116 minutes...recorded 21 tackles (10 solos, 11 assists), including two for losses (6 yards)...turned in his best performance in his first collegiate start vs. Northwestern, registering a season-high eight tackles (3-5), including a sack (5 yards)...credited with three stops (0-3) vs. Notre Dame...HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Featured on PrepStar's All-Southeast Team...ranked among the state's top defensive ends (No. 4) by FloridaPrepFootball.com...rated among Florida's top defensive linemen (No. 19) by Bluechips Illustrated...selected to play in the Florida-Georgia and Broward-Dade County All-Star Games...earned first-team all-state and all-county honors as a senior...produced 65 tackles, including 11 sacks, in 1999...also had 18 QB pressures, eight pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...credited with 69 pancake blocks as a starting offensive lineman...played for Coach Prince Pearson at Hallandale (Fla.) High School...high school teammate of former Spartan Josh Shaw while attending South Broward High School in Hollywood, Fla....son of Ernest Taplin...born Jan. 18, 1982...majoring in criminal justice.

Taplin's Statistics
	G/GS	UT	AT	TM	TFL	Sacks
2000	11/3	10	11	21	2-6	1-5
2001	12/6	11	16	27	0-0	0-0
2002	10/8	30	8	38	2-12	2-12
Career	33/17	51	35	86	4-18	3-17

Taplin's Career Highs Tackles: 8, twice (last vs. Rice, 2002) Tackles for Losses: 1, four times (last vs. Penn State, 2002) Sacks: 1, three times (last vs. Penn State, 2002)

Taplin's Game-By-Game Statistics 2000 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Marshall 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 Missouri 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 0 3 3 0-0 0-0 Northwestern 3 5 8 1-5 1-5 Iowa 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 Wisconsin 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Michigan 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 Illinois 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 Ohio State 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 Purdue 2 0 2 1-1 0-0 Penn State 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 Totals 10 11 21 2-6 1-5

2001 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Central Michigan 0 3 3 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 Northwestern 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Iowa 0 2 2 0-0 0-0 Minnesota 1 2 3 0-0 0-0 Wisconsin 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 Michigan 3 2 5 0-0 0-0 Indiana 2 1 3 0-0 0-0 Purdue 0 3 3 0-0 0-0 Penn State 0 2 2 0-0 0-0 Missouri 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Fresno State 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 Totals 11 16 27 0-0 0-0

2002 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Eastern Michigan 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 Rice 6 2 8 0-0 0-0 California 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 Northwestern 1 0 1 1-8 1-8 Iowa 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 Minnesota 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Wisconsin 3 0 3 0-0 0-0 Michigan DNP Indiana DNP Purdue 6 1 7 0-0 0-0 Penn State 3 1 4 1-4 1-4 Totals 30 8 38 2-12 2-12