Spartan players honored for academic success
Cope, Montague, Chapman earn national attention
Seventy-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Spartans take on Notre Dame Sunday at 2 p.m.
Michigan State Soccer Coach Damon Rensing discusses the top players for the 2012 Michigan State Men's Soccer team.
2012: Team Captain ... Second Team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection ... Named Second Team All-Big Ten... Academic All-Big Ten ... Started in all 23 games, a career-high in games played after missing most of the 2011 season with injury ... One of the steadiest defenders in the Big Ten at center back ... Assisted on Nick Wilson's game-winning goal in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Cleveland State (11/15)... Named top Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament... In the summer of 2012, Named Premiere Development League (PDL) Defender of the Year while playing for the Michigan Bucks .
2012: Named to the Big Ten's "Players to Watch" for the 2012 Season ... Was named the PDL Defender of the Year after a standout summer with the Michigan Bucks ...
2011: Left the game at Connecticut with injury (9/2) ... Injury ended his junior season prematurely, but allowed him a medical redshirt ... Named Academic All-Big Ten and one of the Big Ten's Distinguished Scholars for 2011-12.
2010: All-Big Ten Second Team...Started in 20 games, missing two with injury...His first career goal served as the game-winner in the 2-1 victory over Duquesne (9/22).
2009: Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year...Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team...Started in all 21 games of the season...Had two assists on the season vs. Duquesne (9/4) and vs. Notre Dame (10/28)
Prior to MSU: Became just the third defender ever to win the state's Mr. Soccer award in 2008 ... 2008 NSCAA All-America selection and a two-time all-state honoree ... Earned all-conference and all-district accolades as a sophomore and all-division honors his freshman season ... Finished his high school career with 14 goals from his defensive position ... Four-year letterwinner for coach Ed McCarthy at Salem ... Captained his club team, the Michigan Wolves, to a national championship in 2007 and was a member of the U-18 Derby County Wolves USSF Academy team ... Played with the Michigan ODP team for three years.
Personal: Born October 16, 1991 ... Son of Doug and Cindy Cope... Mother, Cindy, ran track at Central Michigan ... Journalism major.
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