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Kaleb Thornhill
Kaleb Thornhill

Hometown:
Lansing, Mich.

High School:
Eastern

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 242

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
01/11/1985

Experience:
4L


12/17/2013

Mark Dantonio Weekly Press Conference Coverage

No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.

Career Stats in PDF Format

Four-year letterman started three years at middle linebacker . . . started 39 career games, including his last 34 in a row . . . recorded 227 career tackles with 20.5 for losses . . . AS A SENIOR: Fourth on the team with 64 tackles . . . also had a career-best 10.0 for losses (29 yards) . . . in 2007, changed his jersey to No. 41 as a tribute to his father, Charlie, who passed away on Dec. 21, 2006, and wore the same number as a senior in 1966 . . . four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . had seven tackles vs. Pitt, including a 7-yard sack . . . tied for team lead with six tackles at Notre Dame, including a half tackle for loss on a key fourth-and-1 stop in the third quarter . . . third on the team with seven tackles at Wisconsin, including a 1-yard loss . . . season-high nine tackles vs. Northwestern with a career-high 3.0 tackles for losses, including a sack . . . recorded his 200th career tackle with four in win over Indiana . . . registered six tackles at Ohio State, including 1.5 for losses (6 yards) . . . recorded two tackles and two pass break-ups at Purdue . . . tied a season high with nine tackles in his final home game at Spartan Stadium vs. Penn State . . . recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, in his final collegiate game against Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . AS A JUNIOR: Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third-straight year . . . started all 12 games at middle linebacker . . . ranked third on the team in tackles (68) and production points (132) . . . produced a season-high nine tackles in the home finale vs. Minnesota, including one for a 2-yard loss . . . made seven stops (4-3) vs. Purdue, including one for a 3-yard loss . . . recorded his first career interception at Northwestern . . . posted eight tackles each in back-to-back games vs. No. 6 Michigan (3-5) and top-ranked Ohio State (2-6) . . . had a career-best three pass break-ups at Pittsburgh . . .


AS A SOPHOMORE: Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row . . . saw action in all 11 games in 2005, including 10 starting assignments at middle linebacker . . . ranked third on the team in tackles with 63 (32 solos, 31 assists), nearly doubling his total from 2004 . . . tied for second on the ballclub with four tackles for losses (15 yards) . . . finished seventh on the defensive leaderboard with 72 production points . . . recorded five solo hits vs. Penn State, including two for losses (3 yards) . . . made six tackles each vs. Purdue (5-1) and Minnesota (0-6) . . . registered seven tackles (2-5) vs. Indiana, including his first career sack (8 yards) . . . totaled six stops (4-2) vs. Illinois, including one for a 4-yard loss . . . his 12-yard fumble return in the second quarter against the Illini set up Drew Stanton's fourth touchdown pass . . . reached double digits in tackles for the first time in his career vs. Notre Dame, producing a career-best 11 stops (3-8) . . . posted seven tackles (5-2) vs. Kent State in the season opener . . . accumulated 49 production points on special teams . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in all 12 games in 2004, including four starts at the bandit position (vs. Rutgers, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin) . . . recorded 32 tackles (14 solos, 18 assists), including four for losses (4 yards) . . . posted four stops (2-2) vs. Penn State, including one for a loss . . . produced a season-best seven tackles (4-3) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin, including one behind the line of scrimmage . . . had five tackles each vs. Rutgers (3-2) and Central Michigan (1-4) . . . compiled 41 production points on special teams . . . 2003 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Iowa and Michigan) . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the Midwest's top 100 prospects by SuperPrep (No. 99) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 16), Rivals.com (No. 17), Lansing State Journal (No. 20) and The Detroit News (No. 22) . . . rushed for 950 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior . . . had 18 catches for 352 yards (19.6 avg.) and three TDs in 2002 . . . produced 43 tackles and an interception from his safety position as a senior . . . accounted for 240 total yards and three scores in the Quakers' 2002 season opener vs. Owosso . . . threw a TD pass, ran for a score and caught a TD pass vs. Owosso . . . earned Class A all-area honors as a receiver in 2001 . . . caught 33 passes for 600 yards (18.2 avg.) as a junior . . . two-year starter for Coach Kerry Keyton at Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich. . . . also competed in track and field (100 meters, discus and shot put) . . . runs 4.6 in the 40 . . . son of Lauri Thornhill . . . his late father, Charlie, played on Michigan State's back-to-back Big Ten championship teams in 1965-66 . . . his brother, Josh, was a fouryear starter at linebacker for the Spartans from 1998-2001 . . . born Jan. 11, 1985 . . . participated in the "Teams for Toys" program in December 2005, collecting and distributing gifts to needy children in the Lansing area . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources.

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