Brian Linthicum, TE

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 249 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Career Notes
Played in 52 collegiate games, including 31 starts . . . had 80 catches for 936 yards (11.7 avg.) and six touchdowns . . . in three years at Michigan State after transferring from Clemson, played in 39 games, including 26 starts, and had 69 receptions for 860 yards (12.5 avg.) and three touchdowns . . . among all Spartan tight ends in program history, finished his career ranked fifth in receptions (69) and sixth in receiving yards (860).
2011 Season
Named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches; honorable mention selection by the media . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 31 receptions for 364 yards (11.7 avg.) . . . started 13 games . . . recipient of the MSU Football Players Association's Community Service & Outreach Award . . . set career highs in both receptions (7) and receiving yards (115) in the 2012 Outback Bowl against No. 18 Georgia, including a career-long 50-yard reception in the fourth quarter . . . caught three passes for 31 yards at Northwestern . . . named National Tight End of the Week by the John Mackey Award and the College Football Performance Awards after recording five receptions for 71 yards in the win at Iowa . . . caught two passes for 14 yards against Minnesota . . . had two catches for 16 yards at No. 13 Nebraska . . . hauled in three receptions for 58 yards in victory over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . had two catches for 22 yards in the win over Michigan . . . named a game captain for the Notre Dame game.
2010 Season
Arrested in March 2011 in Aspen, Colorado for misdemeanor third-degree assault and eluding police after incident at bar. Third-year player saw action in all 13 games, including five starts when MSU lined up in a double-tight end formation . . . . . . Had 18 catches for 230 yards (12.8 avg.) . . . Had a diving 28-yard catch in the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Alabama that made ESPN Sportcenter's "Top 10" Plays of the Day . . . Tied his career high with four catches for 42 yards in win at Penn State . . . Hauled in two receptions for 14 yards against Illinois . . . Had a career-long 34-yard reception in victory at No. 18 Michigan . . . Caught two passes for 11 yards in win over No. 11 Wisconsin . . . Collected a career-high 63 receiving yards on three catches, including a 24-yard TD, in win over Northern Colorado . . . Caught two passes for 13 yards in season opener against Western Michigan . . . Sat out spring practice with a knee injury.
2009 Season
Honorable mention selection to the All-Sophomore Team as named by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in 12 games in 2009, including seven starting assignments . . . had 20 receptions for 266 yards (13.3 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . his 20 catches ranked second among Spartan tight ends . . . caught at least one pass in nine games . . . led the Spartan tight ends with 14 pancake blocks, including four each vs. Michigan and Illinois . . . did not play in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech due to a knee injury . . . registered career highs in catches (4) and receiving yards (61) vs. Western Michigan . . . 38 of his 61 receiving yards against the Broncos came after the catch . . . recorded three receptions and 38 receiving yards at Minnesota, including a 26-yard TD grab from Kirk Cousins in the second quarter . . . caught two passes for 26 yards vs. Iowa, including an 11-yard reception on a hook-and-lateral play late in the fourth quarter that gained 38 yards overall after he pitched the ball to Blair White . . . the play occurred on a third-and-18 situation and two plays later MSU scored a TD with 1:37 remaining that gave the Spartans a 13-9 lead . . . had a 25-yard reception at Illinois that set up MSU's second TD . . . his 22-yard reception vs. Michigan helped set up MSU's second TD . . . had one catch for 27 yards at Wisconsin . . . hauled in three catches for 34 yards at Notre Dame . . . also played a season-high 54 snaps against the Irish . . . collected three receptions for 26 yards in his Spartan debut vs. Montana State, including a 3-yard TD grab from Keith Nichol.
2008 Season
Redshirted while sitting out the entire 2008 season after transferring to Michigan State from Clemson . . . Selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Ohio State and Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Northwestern.
High School
Rated as the #33 tight end in the nation according to Scout.com...#29 tight end in the nation according to Rivals.com...#13 prospect in Virginia by Rivals.com...#18 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep...had 40 catches for 800 yards and 12 scores as a senior at Saint Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA...graduated from high school in December, 2006 and participated in spring practice at Clemson...had two receptions for 46 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown catch, in the spring game...made the Dean's List in the spring, 2007 semester...came to Clemson with 12 course credits through his AP courses...received all-state honors as a tight end and defensive end as a junior in New Mexico...recruited by Tight Ends Coach Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Boston College, California, Michigan State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Born Nov. 28, 1987.
Latest News
03/15/2012 - Michigan State Pro Day: TE Brian Linthicum (6-4, 245) played with Cousins in the Senior Bowl and said that exposure was more important and more revealing than anything he could have done if he had been invited to the NFL Combine. Instead, he took advantage of familiar surroundings and a quarterback he had worked with on a daily basis to show he could run all kinds of routes and make catches Wednesday afternoon before 52 representatives of NFL teams, including Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Linthicum ran well, did 28 reps of 225 pounds and showed an ability to separate and make all types of catches. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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