The winningest senior class in school history can claim its 40th victory Saturday against Minnesota.
Spring game set for Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Second spring scrimmage scheduled for Saturday.
Spartans hold sixth spring practice on Tuesday.
Spartans and Horned Frogs ready to meet in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner received a sixth year of eligibility in 2013 from the NCAA (missed nearly the entire 2011 season with a fractured rib) . . . has 92 tackles, including 9.0 for losses (43 yards), 7.5 sacks (42 yards) and six pass break-ups, in 46 career games . . . has 21 career starts to his credit.
2013 NOTES: Has started nine games at defensive tackle . . . started the first seven games at defensive tackle . . . missed three games (Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska) with a calf injury, but returned to the starting lineup at Northwestern . . . has recorded career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacls (4) . . . ranks fourth on the team with 4.0 sacks (29 yards) . . . has 30 tackles, including 4.5 for losses (30 yards) . . . named MSU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient . . . also has two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups . . . productive game on Senior Day against Minnesota as he collected four tackles, including a half sack in which he forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter . . . recorded three stops and was credited with a half sack vs. Purdue . . . tallied seven tackles, including a 9-yard sack, against Indiana . . . collected five tackles at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . tallied three stops and a pass break-up vs. Youngstown State . . . registered three tackles, including 1.5 for losses (10 yards) and a 9-yard sack, against South Florida; forced a fumble on the sack, which resulted in an MSU touchdown as Shilique Calhoun scooped up the ball and ran it in 4 yards for the score; totaled 28 production points against USF . . . collected three tackles, including a 9-yard loss, in season opener against Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in eight games, including starting assignments in the last three games of the season at defensive tackle (Northwestern, Minnesota, TCU) . . . missed five games (Eastern Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan) with a calf injury . . . recorded 13 tackles . . . registered three tackles in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . compiled three tackles at Minnesota . . . tallied two stops vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . credited with a half tackle for loss at Wisconsin . . . collected three tackles in the win over No. 24 Boise State . . . made the move from defensive end to nose tackle in spring practice after adding another 20 pounds to his frame.
2011 SEASON: Limited to one game of action (Youngstown State) at defensive end due to a fractured rib.
2010 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Presented the Danziger Award as the team's outstanding Detroit-area player . . . appeared in all 13 games in 2010, including nine starts at left end . . . had a career-high 36 tackles, including three sacks (12 yards), to go along with four quarterback hurries . . . . registered five tackles at Penn State . . . posted three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and a QB hurry vs. Purdue . . . recorded 18 tackles, including three sacks, in back-to-back games against Illinois and Northwestern . . . selected Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (shared the honor with Wisconsin's J.J. Watt) after matching his career high with nine tackles, including a career-best two sacks (5 yards) and forced a fumble at Northwestern . . . with the Spartans trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, he ended another Northwestern scoring threat, forcing Jacob Schmidt to fumble on a first-and-goal play from the MSU 1-yard line that Johnny Adams recovered . . . tallied a career-high nine tackles, including a 7-yard sack, two QB hurries and a pass break-up against the Illini . . . recovered a fumble in the season opener vs. Western Michigan.
2009 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in all 13 games in 2009 as a defensive end . . . finished the season with 13 tackles . . . tied his career high with three tackles and a pass break-up in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech . . . recorded two tackles, including a half sack, vs. Penn State . . . saw significant playing time and collected two tackles at Minnesota, filling in for an injured Anderson . . . produced two tackles vs. Northwestern . . . recorded three tackles in the season opener vs. Montana State.
2008 SEASON: Granted a medical redshirt after missing the last 10 games of the 2008 season with a shoulder injury . . . made brief appearances in two games (vs. Eastern Michigan and Florida Atlantic) . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 7, 2008, for the beginning of the spring semester.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 7, 2008, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report All-American . . . rated among the nation's top strongside defensive ends by Rivals.com (No. 19) . . . ranked among the country's top defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 88) . . . listed among the nation's top tight ends by Scout.com (No. 35) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 41) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Scout.com (No. 7), Detroit Free Press (No. 8), Lansing State Journal (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 9), The Detroit News (No. 12) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 19) . . . named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams . . . selected to The Detroit News All-North and All-Metro Teams . . . three-year starter at defensive end for Coach Tab Kellepourey at Novi (Mich.) High School . . . also started at offensive tackle for the Wildcats in 2007 . . . recorded 109 tackles as a senior, with 12 resulting in losses including eight sacks . . . also credited with six quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and three pass break-ups in 2007 . . . posted 87 tackles as a junior, with six for losses including three sacks . . . had six pass break-ups and a fumble recovery in 2006 . . . three-year letterman in basketball . . . named Kensington Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a junior . . . son of Mike and Angie Hoover . . . born Jan. 28, 1990 . . . majoring in studio art.
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