No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
Played in 40 career games with 113 career tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles . . . AS A SENIOR: Former walk-on was voted one of four team captains by his teammates . . . worked his way into the starting position at strong safety . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . third on the team with 69 tackles . . . tied for second on team with two interceptions . . . had four career forced fumbles and two as a senior . . . had six pass break-ups in 2007 and nine for his career . . . scored three career TDs (recovered blocked punt in end zone in 2004 vs. Wisconsin; interception return vs. Pitt and fumble return vs. Purdue in 2007) . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . collected four tackles in season opener vs. UAB . . . second on team with eight tackles and recorded a pass break-up vs. Bowling Green . . . scored his second career touchdown as he ran back an interception 31 yards for a TD in the second quarter vs. Pitt . . . also recorded seven tackles in the game . . . tied for team lead with six tackles at Notre Dame . . . recorded his second interception of the season at Wisconsin with a pick in the fourth quarter, setting up MSU's game-tying field goal to make it 34-34 . . . returned the interception 21 yards . . . tied career high and established season high with nine tackles vs. Northwestern . . . also forced a fumble and recorded a pass break-up . . . forced a fumble and then recovered the ball on a kickoff in the first quarter vs. Indiana, leading to an MSU field goal that gave the Spartans a 17-7 lead . . . also recorded three tackles and a pass break-up . . . recorded eight tackles at Ohio State, including one for a 1-yard loss . . . third on the team with six tackles and registered a pass break-up at Iowa . . . scored his third-career touchdown with a 20-yard fumble return at the 13:57 mark in the fourth quarter at Purdue to give MSU a 41-24 lead . . . third on the team with seven tackles vs. Penn State . . . three tackles and a pass break-up in the Champs Sports Bowl vs. Boston College . . . AS A JUNIOR: Named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the second-straight year . . . appeared in all 12 games in 2006 . . . finished sixth on the team in tackles with 42 (24 solos, 18 assists), including 3.5 for losses (18 yards) . . . produced a career-best nine solo hits, including two tackles for losses (12), in his first collegiate start vs. Penn State . . . also forced two fumbles, broke up two passes and recorded his first career sack against the Nittany Lions . . . ranked fourth on the special team in production points with 99 . . . his first career interception came vs. Northwestern and set up Brett Swenson's game-winning field goal . . . also collected eight tackles against the Wildcats . . . matched his career high with nine stops vs. Purdue . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in nine games in 2005 (DNP vs. Hawaii and Michigan) . . . credited with two tackles, recording a solo hit vs. Purdue and an assist vs. Kent State . . . compiled 41 production points on special teams, scoring nine points each vs. Kent State and Indiana . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Indiana . . . made a name for himself in the spring, recording 12 tackles - including two for losses (7 yards) - and five pass break-ups in three scrimmages . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in six games in 2004 (vs. Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Hawaii), working primarily on special teams . . . recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown late in the first quarter vs. No. 4 Wisconsin . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Earned allconference and all-region honors as a senior . . . two-year starter at cornerback and wide receiver for Coach Scott Shaw at Three Rivers (Mich.) High School . . . intercepted four passes and returned three kicks (two kickoffs and one punt) for scores as a senior . . . three-year letterman in track as a sprinter . . . earned allstate honors in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays . . . two-year starter at point guard for the Wildcat basketball team . . . averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 assists as a senior . . . son of William and Jacqueline Key . . . born Dec. 31, 1985 . . . earned his bachelor's degree in packaging.
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