Feb. 14, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover will represent the "Americans" in Friday's College All-Star Bowl in Greenville, S.C. CBS Sports Network will televise the second annual game, which is being held at Furman University's Paladin Stadium, at 6 p.m. EST.
The "Americans" are led by South Carolina Football Hall of Famer and legendary South Carolina State Coach Willie Jeffries, while the "Nationals" are being coached by South Carolina Football Hall of Famer and Clemson's National Championship Coach Danny Ford.
A four-year letterwinner, Hoover received a sixth year of eligibility in 2013 from the NCAA after missing nearly the entire 2011 season with a fractured rib. He recorded 93 tackles, including 9.0 for losses (43 yards) with 7.5 sacks (42 yards), in 48 career games (23 starts).
In his final season for the Spartans in 2013, Hoover tallied career highs in tackles for loss (4.5 for 30 yards) and sacks (4 for 29 yards). Although he missed three games with a calf injury, he totaled 31 tackles in 11 games, all starts at defensive tackle. Hoover also recorded two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups.
The 6-7, 290-pound native of Novi, Mich., had a 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.
He tallied a season-high seven tackles, including a 9-yard sack, against Indiana, and collected five stops at No. 22 Notre Dame.
Against South Florida, Hoover had three tackles, including 1.5 for losses (10 yards) and a 9-yard sack; he 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.
In the season opener vs. Western Michigan, Hoover had three tackles, including a 9-yard sack.
Hoover graduated with a bachelor's degree in studio art in December 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in advertising.