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Vayante Copeland
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Vayante  Copeland

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Dayton, Ohio

High School:
Thurgood Marshall

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 190

Position:
CB

Experience:
2L

08/08/2016

Football Media Day: Defense & Special Teams

08/04/2016

2016 Season Outlook

Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.

03/30/2016

Grinz on Green: Spartan Secondary Eager to Return to ‘No Fly Zone’

Following a season full of injuries in 2015, the Spartans return 12 letterwinners to the defensive backfield with plenty of game experience.

03/29/2016

Spring Practice Update: Spartans in Full Pads to Start Second Week

Spartans hold third spring practice on Tuesday.

09/26/2015

No. 2 Spartans Defeat Central Michigan, 30-10

RB Gerald Holmes led the team to victory with two touchdowns in the 4th quarter.

10/18/2014

Michigan State 56- Indiana 17

10/11/2014

Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue

09/27/2014

Michigan State 56 - Wyoming 14

Career Stats | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2015 | 2016

Two-year letterwinner played in nine career games, including seven starts at cornerback . . . had 43 career tackles, two interceptions and three pass break-ups.

2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 36 tackles . . . broke up two passes . . . played in seven games, including five starts, before suffering season-ending injury (broken foot) before Illinois game . . . started at Maryland at boundary cornerback, tallying three stops . . . started vs. Northwestern at boundary cornerback and registered five tackles, finishing with 10 production points . . . started at boundary cornerback vs. BYU and notched seven tackles . . . snared first interception of season and second of career at Indiana, adding four tackles after starting at boundary cornerback . . . made first start of season in Wisconsin game, starting at boundary cornerback; logged a career-high eight tackles against the No. 11 Badgers . . . tallied three tackles and registered career-best two pass break-ups at No. 18 Notre Dame, ranking second among MSU defensive backs with 11 production points . . . posted six tackles in season-opener vs. Furman.

2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Started at cornerback and had seven tackles in the first two games . . . recorded three stops vs. No. 7 Oregon before exiting the game with a neck injury . . . started at cornerback in his collegiate debut at Western Michigan; recorded 15 production points against the Broncos after tallying four tackles, including two for losses (4 yards), a pass break-up, and a game-sealing interception in the end zone with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter . . . named Spartan unsung hero of the game on defense against WMU.

2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played defensive back for Team Ohio in the inaugural Border Classic on June 14, 2014, in Findlay, Ohio . . . selected to play for the South Division I-III team in the North-South Ohio Classic April 26, 2015, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio . . . rated among the nation's top players by Scout.com (No. 132) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 248) . . . ranked among the country's top cornerbacks by Scout.com (No. 13), CFN (No. 26), Rivals.com (No. 41) and ESPN.com (No. 71) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 76) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 31), Rivals.com (No. 32) and 247Sports (No. 44) . . . MaxPreps Medium Schools All-America second-team selection . . . named 2013 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio Co-Defensive Player of the Year . . . selected AP Division III Southwest All-District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . All-Dayton City League and Cox Media Group all-area selection in 2013 . . . gained 159 rushing yards and accounted for three scores vs. Cincinnati Winton Woods, including an 88-yard kickoff return for a TD . . . played a solid all-around game vs. Alter, rushing for nearly 200 yards and a TD while posting seven tackles and three pass break-ups . . . carried 21 times for 258 yards and four TDs vs. Chaminade Julienne, scoring on runs of 6, 43, 47 and 8 yards . . . ran for 111 yards and intercepted two passes in the 2013 season opener vs. Clayton Northmont . . . rushed for 2,028 yards and 25 TDs as a junior . . . career totals include more than 4,000 rushing yards and 20 interceptions . . . won Division II 400-meter (48.22) state title in 2013 . . . son of Melissa Jackson . . . born Sept. 26, 1996 . . . majoring in criminal justice.

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