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William Gholston
William Gholston

Hometown:
Detroit, Mich.

High School:
Southeastern

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 278

Position:
DE

Experience:
3L


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.

03/13/2013

Grinz on Green: Spartan NFL Draft Prospects Show They're Ready for the Next Level at Pro Day

03/13/2013

Spartans Hold Annual Pro Day

Nine former Spartans, including six seniors and three juniors from the 2012 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.

02/26/2013

Spartan NFL Combine Report: Tuesday

Cornerback Johnny Adams runs a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.

02/25/2013

Spartan NFL Combine Report: Monday

Defensive end William Gholston performs in front of scouts from around the league in Monday's on-field testing at Lucas Oil Stadium.

11/17/2012

Michigan State vs. Northwestern

Michigan State vs. Northwestern - AP Photo Gallery

11/03/2012

Michigan State vs. No. 21 Nebraska

Michigan State vs. No. 21 Nebraska - AP Photo Gallery

10/13/2012

AP Photos: Michigan State vs. Iowa

AP Photos: Michigan State vs. Iowa

09/29/2012

Michigan State vs. Ohio State - AP Photos

Michigan State vs. Ohio State - AP Photos (9/29/12)

11/19/2011

Michigan State vs. Indiana - Nov. 19, 2011

Michigan State vs. Indiana - Nov. 19, 2011

Career Stats | Bio (PDF)
Game-by-Game Statistics: 2010 | 2011 | 2012


CAREER NOTES: Selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft (No. 126 overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . . . three-year letterwinner collected 142 tackles, including 30.0 for losses (102 yards) and 10.0 sacks (56 yards), in 36 career games and 24 starts . . . finished his career ranked 10th in MSU history in tackles for loss (30.0).

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Totaled 16 tackles, including 6.0 for losses (21 yards) and 3.0 sacks (15 yards), in two bowl games . . . named Defensive Player of the Game in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after tying for the team lead with nine tackles, including a 5-yard sack, to go along with a pass break-up in MSU's 17-16 win over TCU . . . tied a Spartan-bowl record with 5.0 tackles for loss (16 yards), including a career-best 2.0 sacks (10 yards), in the 33-30 triple overtime win against No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . his 5.0 TFLs tied for the third-highest total in a Spartan game (record: Julian Peterson with 7 vs. Ohio State in 1998) . . . also recovered a fumble and returned it 6 yards in the second quarter against the Bulldogs, and broke up a pass; tied for the team lead with seven tackles overall in the game . . . for his performance, was named to the ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports All-Bowl Team . . . did not play in the 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. No. 15 Alabama (shoulder).

2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media; earned honorable mention accolades from the coaches . . . also an All-Big Ten pick by Phil Steele (second team) . . . quarterfinalist for the Lombardi Award (college lineman of the year) . . . led Spartan defensive linemen and ranked fourth on the team with 59 tackles . . . led the team and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 13.0 tackles for loss (49 yards) . . . the 13.0 tackles for loss were 20th most in a MSU single-season . . . recorded at least one tackle for loss in nine of MSU's 13 games . . . led team with 4.5 sacks (24 yards) . . . ranked first in the FBS among defensive linemen with 10 pass break-ups, which also led the team and ranked tied for 10th in the Big Ten . . . the 10 PBUs are also a school record in a single season for a Spartan defensive lineman . . . tied for team lead with five quarterback hurries . . . recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) and the Danziger Award (Most Outstanding Detroit-Area Player) . . . named Defensive Player of the Game in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after tying for the team lead with nine tackles, including a 5-yard sack, to go along with a pass break-up in MSU's 17-16 win over TCU . . . produced four tackles, including a 9-yard sack, along with a pass break-up at Minnesota . . . collected six stops, including an assisted sack that contributed to a safety, vs. Northwestern . . . tallied five tackles, including a 2-yard loss, and had two pass break-ups vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . named the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Lineman of the Week after recording a season-best 4.5 tackles for loss (10 yards), including a 3-yard sack, in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . tallied six tackles and broke up a pass that led to an interception vs. Iowa . . . had four tackles, including an 8-yard loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up at Indiana . . . collected four tackles, including one for a 6-yard loss, vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . posted five stops, including a 1-yard loss, vs. No. 20 Notre Dame. . . led MSU with seven tackles, including 2.0 for losses (8 yards) and a 7-yard sack, to go along with two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up at Central Michigan . . . featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik (defensive player of the year), Hendricks (defensive end of the year), Lombardi (college lineman of the year) and Walter Camp (player of the year) Awards and the Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player).

2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Named to All-Big Ten second team (coaches and media) . . . also named second-team All-Big Ten by Yahoo! Sports . . . selected to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (second team) . . . recipient of the team's Danziger Award for defense (most outstanding Detroit-area player) . . . led Spartan defensive linemen with 70 tackles (5.4 avg.) and finished third on the team in production points (261) . . . tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 16.0 tackles for loss (50 yards); that total also ranks tied for seventh in MSU single-season history . . . also tied for 11th in the Big Ten with 5.0 sacks (30 yards) . . . tied a Spartan-bowl record with 5.0 tackles for loss (16 yards), including a career-best 2.0 sacks (10 yards), in the 33-30 triple overtime win against No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . his 5.0 TFLs tied for the third-highest total in a Spartan game (record: Julian Peterson with 7 vs. Ohio State in 1998) . . . also recovered a fumble and returned it 6 yards in the second quarter against the Bulldogs, and broke up a pass; tied for the team lead with seven tackles overall in the game . . . for his performance, was named to the ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports All-Bowl Team . . . finished eighth in the Big Ten with 40 "impact" tackles (stops that limit opponents to gains of 2 yards or less, including sacks) during the regular season . . . had four tackles against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . registered three tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, and had a quarterback hurry against Indiana . . . compiled 29 tackles in a two-game span (14 vs. Minnesota; 15 vs. Nebraska), the most in a two-game stretch by a Spartan since Greg Jones in 2009; it also marked the first time since 2000 (Josh Shaw) that a Spartan defensive lineman recorded double-figure tackles in back-to-back games . . . recorded a game-high 14 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (5 yards), and forced a fumble, in the win over Minnesota . . . earned honorable mention CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades after recording a career-high 15 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (7 yards) and one sack (5 yards), at No. 13 Nebraska; his 15 tackles against the Cornhuskers were the most by a Spartan defensive lineman since Josh Shaw had 17 tackles against Wisconsin in 2000 . . . suspended for the Wisconsin game for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during the game against Michigan . . . registered three tackles, including 1.5 for losses (5 yards), in MSU's fourth-straight win over Michigan . . . earned honorable mention National College Football Performance Awards Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades after recording 3.0 tackles for loss (12 yards), including one sack (8 yards), in MSU's 10-7 win at Ohio State; had five tackles overall, two QB hurries, a pass break-up and a career-high 34 production points against the Buckeyes . . . credited with two quarterback hurries vs. Central Michigan . . . compiled four tackles, including a half tackle for loss, at Notre Dame . . . in his first career start at defensive end, recorded six tackles, including 2.0 for losses (4 yards), in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State.

2010 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Saw action in the first 10 games of the 2010 season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury vs. Minnesota . . . registered 13 tackles and five quarterback hurries . . . recorded a season-high five stops, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), at No. 18 Iowa . . . posted two tackles, including a half sack for 2 yards, and broke up a pass vs. Illinois . . . made two stops vs. No. 11 Wisconsin . . . credited with two QB hurries vs. Northern Colorado . . . tallied three tackles vs. Florida Atlantic while playing in his hometown, Detroit's Ford Field.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. . . . MaxPreps, SuperPrep, PrepStar (Dream Team) and EA SPORTS All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top prospects by Tom Lemming (No. 12), Rivals.com (No. 21), Lindy's (No. 21), Athlon Sports (No. 24), Scout.com (No. 29), ESPNU 150 (No. 42) and Sporting News (No. 60) . . . ranked among the country's top defensive ends by Tom Lemming (No. 3), Rivals.com (No. 3 strongside), Scouts, Inc. (No. 3), Scout.com (No. 4), Lindy's (No. 5), Athlon Sports (No. 5) and Max Emfinger (No. 9) . . . listed among the nation's top defensive linemen by SuperPrep (No. 13) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 4) and SuperPrep (No. 4) . . . rated the state's No. 1 senior by The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Rivals.com, Scout.com and Lansing State Journal . . . two-year starter and two-time all-state selection for Coach Donshell English at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Mich., helping the Jungaleers to a combined record of 20-4 (.833) . . . recorded a career-best 115 tackles as a senior, with 44 resulting in losses including 27 sacks . . . forced 10 fumbles and blocked two punts in 2009 . . . posted double-figure tackles in eight games as a senior, including 14 each in back-to-back games vs. Brother Rice and John Glenn . . . tallied 12 tackles vs. King, including four sacks, and forced two fumbles . . . made nine stops vs. Mumford, including four sacks, and returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown . . . registered 101 tackles as a junior, including 37 for losses, while anchoring a defensive unit that recorded six shutouts . . . led the Public School League in tackles (101 - tied) and sacks (15) in 2008 . . . reached double-digit tackles in seven games as a junior, including 13 each vs. Douglass and Cass Tech . . . produced three sacks each vs. Crockett and Ford (also forced two fumbles) . . . caught five passes for 42 yards (8.4 avg.) . . . two-year starter at Mumford High School before transferring to Southeastern . . . made 108 stops, including 19 sacks, and two interceptions as a sophomore . . . had 29 catches for 503 yards (17.3 avg.) and nine TDs in 2007 . . . totaled 75 tackles, including nine sacks, as a freshman . . . also had 26 receptions for 467 yards (17.8 avg.) and five scores in 2006 . . . nicknamed "Too Tall" . . . cousin Vernon Gholston earned All-Big Ten honors at Ohio State before being selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Jets . . . born July 31, 1991 . . . majoring in human development and family studies.

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 15, vs. Nebraska (10/29/11)
Tackles for loss: 5, vs. Georgia (1/2/12)
Sacks: 2, vs. Georgia (1/2/12)

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