2017 NFL Draft

William Gholston, DE

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Detroit, MI
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 281 lbs.
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03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: The scout said Gholston's individual interviews with the various teams who show interest in him will be very important, as teams try to gauge what his work ethic will be at the professional level. "He's a kid that had a tough upbring, and he grew a lot here in college,'' the scout said. "But the psychological aspect is the toughest thing to gauge; you never know how a lot of money, women and that lifestyle is going to affect a guy. He's going to have to learn to work hard all the time.''

The other issue Gholston had to rectify was his 40-yard dash time. The scout said Gholston clocked a 5-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, that that hurt his stock. Gholston took care of that with a 40-yard dash clocked in the 4.8 range on Wednesday. - Mike Griffith, Michigan Live

03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: William Gholston, DE (6-6 3/8, 273) - Gholston ran the 40 in 5.00 and 4.97 seconds. He had a 4.66-second short shuttle time and did 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He looked smooth in the position drills. Gholston is the cousin of New York Jets 2008 first-round pick Vernon Gholston. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/14/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Defensive end William Gholston failed to improve his times in the 40-yard dash or short shuttle Wednesday after posting somewhat pedestrian times in each of these drills at the combine. The lack of explosiveness demonstrated in these drills won't signficantly harm Gholston's stock as the 6-6, 273-pounder is more of a power-based five-technique defensive end than a speed rusher. Still, scouts would have liked to have seen some improvement since Indianapolis and some had him slower than his original times there. Gholston also posted 21 reps on the bench press, though the scout specifically noted that this number was "okay" due to Gholston's 34" arms. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Just like any interview that you might have gone through, the players invited to the Combine are there to try to get a job. They have to impress their potential employers with intelligence and dedication. Each NFL team is allowed 60 formal player interviews. Each interview can last up to 15 minutes. The topics of conversation can fluctuate wildly from team to team and from player to player.

Michigan State's William Gholston is a physically imposing prospect (6-foot-7, 278 pounds). And although he is considered a high-character person away from the game, his on-field demeanor is a question mark. Gholston plays with a violent chip on his shoulder, something that he needs to prove to scouts that he has under control. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/05/2013 - Michigan State defensive end William Gholston is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. ''While I know I still have a great deal to accomplish, I am very excited about the challenges that the future holds and I promise to always represent the university with class, dignity and professionalism,'' Gholston said in an open letter released through the school. ''From Coach (Mark) Dantonio, to our entire staff, to my incredible teammates, to each of you unbelievable fans that back us each and every day, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.'' Gholston is one of three Michigan State underclassman to announce his intentions to turn pro, joining running back Le'Veon Bell and tight end Dion Sims.

The 6-foot-7, 278-pound Gholston had 4 1/2 sacks this season and 13 tackles for loss. ''I am so grateful and fortunate to even be in the position that I am today and I know none of this would even be possible without the help and support of Spartan Nation,'' he said.

It's the second straight season Michigan State has lost a defensive lineman and running back early to the NFL. A year ago, lineman Jerel Worthy left and was taken in the second round by Green Bay. Running back Edwin Baker also departed and was picked in the seventh round by San Diego. Bell and Gholston helped ease those losses considerably, but now they're leaving, too. - AP Sports

01/05/2013 - Michigan State defensive end William Gholston will become the third Spartans junior to leave school early and declare for the NFL draft, he confirmed Saturday on Twitter. The 6-foot-7, 278-pound Gholston had 59 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his junior season.

"After thinking everything over and talking to coach Dantonio, I knew it in my heart leaving for the NFL was the best decision for me," Gholston told Spartan Tailgate. "I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this point in my career and everything the entire Michigan State has done for me."

Gholston had indicated his young son would be a factor in his decision, and that was ultimately the case. "Every snap, every down and every step I take throughout life is for him," Gholston told the website. "My son means everything to me because he is part of me in everything I do." - Diamond Leung, Michigan Live

01/03/2013 - Defensive end William Gholston will enter the 2013 NFL Draft and forego his senior season at Michigan State. Gholston informed coach Mark Dantonio earlier in the week in an emotional meeting.

Gholston was the first ever five-star recruit that committed to the Spartans. He recorded 4.5 sacks and 59 tackles during his junior season, 13 for loss. He also defended 10 passes and forced one fumble. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and certainly has the size to be an NFL player at 6'7, 278 pounds. He is projected to be a third or fourth round draft pick and joins Dion Sims and Le'Veon Bell who have also declared for the draft after their junior seasons.

The recent birth of Gholston's first child may have played a part in his decision to turn pro. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Shilique Calhoun, who just finished his redshirt freshman season. - Jeff Briggs, SB Nation Detroit

01/02/2013 - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio planned to meet with the three Spartans considering submitting their name into the upcoming NFL Draft pool. Tailback Le'Veon Bell, tight end Dion Sims and defensive end Will Gholston all submitted paperwork to the NFL College Advisory Committee, requesting an evaluation of their draft grade.

Dantonio said he keeps track of NFL Draft statistics to share with his juniors, as he's aware the agents looking to turn a profit aren't always so objective. "People that say that they're going out (early), 47% since 2007 of those people never get drafted; so 47% of the people that say, 'I'm going to go', they never get drafted,'' Dantonio said. "You have to be projected probably within the first three rounds to be almost, I think pretty certain, that you're going to go.'' Bell has been projected anywhere from the second- to fourth-round, Sims third-fourth round, and Gholston third-fourth round.

Dantonio has kept up with the accuracy of the projections, too. "I have all the statistics on all those things: there's 39 players since 2007 that have been projected early-round, first-round players - 31 have gone in the first round,'' Dantonio said. "And when you get into the third round, it's a lot different. "People are in everybody's ear.'' - Mike Griffith, Michigan Live

12/29/2012 - Scouting the Michigan State run defense: The Spartans had the best run defense in the Big Ten, giving up 99.6 yards a game on the ground. They allowed only 19 net rushing yards in a victory over Wisconsin, the same team that ran for 539 yards in the Big Ten championship game. The Horned Frogs struggled to run the ball all season and should play right into the strength of the Spartans' defense. - The Sports Xchange

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): William Gholston, Michigan State, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Gholston earned second-team honors from the media for a second-straight year after leading the Spartans in sacks (3.5 for 19 yards) and pass break-ups (9) and tying for the team lead in tackles for loss (12 for 44 yards) during the regular season. Gholston also ranks among the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss (tied for eighth) and pass break-ups (tied for 10th).

Gholston leads the Spartan defensive linemen and is tied for fifth overall in tackles with 50. His nine pass break-ups rank first among NCAA FBS defensive linemen. Gholston has recorded at least one tackle for loss in eight of MSU's 12 games. "Will Gholston anchors a defense line that helped Michigan State rank No. 1 in the Big Ten against the run," Dantonio said. "He's an active player, who adds a physical presence at the point of attack." - Michigan State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DL William Gholston, Michigan State, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. The Detroit, Mich., native posted six tackles against Northwestern. His half sack (combined with Bullough) against Colter resulted in a 1-yard loss and a safety in the first quarter. He contributed five tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, and a career-best two pass break-ups against No. 21 Nebraska.

The 6-7, 278-pound Gholston was named the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Lineman of the Week after tallying a season-best 4.5 tackles for loss (10 yards) in Michigan State's 16-13 overtime win at Wisconsin. His 4.5 tackles for loss were the second most by a Big Ten player in a single game this season and rank eighth most by a Spartan defender in a single game. He totaled a career-best 36 production points against the Badgers (previous high: 34 production points vs. Ohio State, 2011).

Gholston has collected 133 tackles, including 29 for losses (97 yards) and nine sacks (51 yards), in 35 career games. His 29 tackles for loss rank tied for 10th most in school history. - Michigan State football

11/29/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 3. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: Gholston partially salvaged a disappointing season with four tackles and sack in the Spartans' victory over the Gophers on Saturday. Even though he didn't play up to expecations, he earned honorable mention from the coaches and made second-team All-Big Ten according to the media. He has the most difficult decision of all of the top prospects in the conference because his production arguably regressed in what was supposed to be his final season in college football. The Spartans still have a bowl game to play and he'll likely take input from a number of sources to determine whether it's best to return to East Lansing for his senior year.

Season stats: 51 tackles, 10 for loss, 3.5 sacks. Player ranking: Gholston is rated as the 124th-best prospect and the 17th-best defensive end in the draft class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: CBSSports.com is predicting that the Spartans will face Oklahoma State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 29 in Arizona. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/22/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 3. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: Even though the Spartans have had a disappointing season, Gholston has closed out the regular season on a high note. In the loss to Northwestern on Saturday, the junior finished with six tackles and a half-sack. He and linebacker Max Bullough earned the sack on a safety near the end of the first quarter. Season stats: 47 tackles, nine for loss, 2.5 sacks.

Player ranking: Gholston is ranked as the 110th overall player and the 14th-best DE, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Spartans are trying to become bowl eligible Saturday when they travel to Minnesota, but should they lose, Gholston's career may be over at Michigan State. Other draft pundits have speculated that because of his inconsistent season, it would be best for him to return to East Lansing for his senior year. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/18/2012 - Will Gholston did not take kindly to a question about whether this season would motivate him to return for his senior season. "I mean, I think that's a selfish question to ask," Gholston said. "And I don't want to answer it." Asked about the importance of going to a bowl game, Gholston walked away and said: "I'll talk to y'all later." - Joe Rexrode, The Detroit Free Press

11/14/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 3. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: In an otherwise disappointing junior season, Gholston did have a solid game two weeks ago against Nebraska, although the Huskers managed to escape East Lansing with a 28-24 victory. Michigan State, having lost three of its past four games, had a bye week to regroup and prepare for its final home game of the year vs. Northwestern. Player ranking: Gholston is ranked No. 83 in the draft class and the No. 12 defensive end, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Season stats: 41 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 2 sacks. Up next: The Spartans host Northwestern on Saturday in their last chance to win a Big Ten home game this season. They've lost home games to Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska. Despite Michigan State's stellar defense, the Wildcats provide a substantial test given QB Kain Colter's mobility. The Spartans haven't fared well against mobile quarterbacks. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

11/07/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 3. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: Gholston buoyed his season-best performance against Wisconsin two weeks ago into another solid effort last Saturday vs. Nebraska. Effort is the key word with Gholston and he gave it despite the loss. He finished with five tackles, including three solo tackles, but it's difficult to win when the defense concedes more than 300 rushing yards as the Spartans did vs. Nebraska. Season stats: 41 tackles, 8.5 for loss, two sacks. Player ranking: Gholston is ranked as the 55th overall prospect and the ninth-best defensive end in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Spartans are idle this weekend before hosting Northwestern on Nov. 17. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/23/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH -- WEEK 8: 3. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: Gholston's disappointing season continued in last Saturday's loss to Michigan. The junior finished with just two tackles as the Wolverines rushed for 163 yards. ESPN's Todd McShay graded Gholston before Saturday's game as a second-round pick and said that the only way he could move into the first round was if he made a commitment to his craft and came back to school. "I don't think the effort is consistently where you want to see it," he said. "I think if he decides he wants to play, and he wants to commit to being a great NFL player, he's got a chance to make an impact at the next level." Season stats: 31 tackles, four for loss, one sack. Player ranking: Gholston is rated as the 54th-best player in the class and the ninth-best defensive end, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Next up: The Spartans travel to Madison to take on the ground-heavy attack of the Wisconsin Badgers. He'll have a chance to make a significant impact on this game since starting LT Ricky Wager is questionable with a knee injury. If Wagner can't go, Gholston could be matched up against junior Ryan Groy, who made his first start at LT last weekend. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/16/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: Gholston had his best game in over a month against the Hawkeyes, albeit in a losing effort. The defensive end finished with seven tackles but couldn't stop Iowa RB Mark Weisman on a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, which tied the game at 13-all. Gholston is the face of the underperforming Spartans defense. Season stats: 29 tackles, four for loss, one sack. Player ranking: Gholston is the 47th-best prospect and is the eighth-best DE in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Gholston and Spartans will visit Ann Arbor this weekend and face the Michigan team which brought out the worst in the defensive end last season. In last season's matchup, Gholston punched Michigan LT Taylor Lewan in the face and twisted Denard Robinson's helmet, which instantly labeled him a dirty player. After the game, Gholston said he was just trying to play hard. The individual battle of Gholston and Lewan is certainly one that scouts will be monitoring closely as both are projected early round draft picks. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/10/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 3. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: Gholston finished Saturday's game in Bloomington with four tackles and one pass deflection and has yet to impact games the way scouts envisioned he would. While his individual numbers don't stand out, the Spartans' defense did allow just 37 second-half yards to the Hoosiers, who were beating Michigan State 27-24 until midway through the fourth quarter. In an interview with ESPN.com, Gholston gave himself a "C" through five games and explained that he's "trying to look at the team overall. I don't really care about how I do, as long as we win." Season stats: 22 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack. Player ranking: Gholston is ranked as the 39th-best player and the sixth-best defensive end, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Spartans host Iowa and the league's most surprising player, tailback Mark Weisman. In three full games, he's racked up over 500 yards and seven touchdowns. Quarterback James Vandenberg has just two passing touchdowns on the year so expect the Hawkeyes to rely on their proven formula of running the football. Unfortunately for Gholston, Weisman is a bruising, between the tackles rusher, so the Spartans DTs are going to get the first crack at him. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/02/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 3. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the third spot: Forget about draft stock for a moment. Gholston was involved in perhaps the scariest moment of the entire weekend when Michigan State S Isaiah Lewis torpedoed into a pile of players trying to tackle Braxton Miller and inadvertently nailed Gholston in the head. The 6-7 defensive end lay motionless on top of Miller for 30 seconds before wobbling off the field with assistance from the training staff. It appeared like he was knocked unconscious but a report from ESPN's Heather Cox, citing the Michigan State training staff, said he only had the wind knocked out of him. He was back in the game a few plays later and finished with four tackles on the day but wasn't nearly as assertive as in past games. Season stats: 18 tackles and 1 sack. Player ranking: Gholston is ranked as the 39thi-best overall player and the sixth-best defensive end in the class, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Next up: Michigan State travels to Indiana as it tries to get back on track in the Legends Division race. Indiana is extremely young and the veteran Gholston could have a huge game against the Hoosiers' offensive line. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

09/25/2012 - BIG TEN NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: 2. DE William Gholston, 6-7, 278, Michigan State: Why he has the second spot: Gholston didn't see the field until the second play of the second half because he missed too much practice time during the week according to coach Mark Dantonio. Gholston and the Spartans struggled with Eastern Michigan, taking their first lead of the game with just 1:11 left in the third quarter. Gholston finished with just two tackles, his least significant production of the season but overall, the Spartans held the Eagles to just 2 for 14 on third down conversions and contained Eastern Michigan to just eight first downs. Season stats (four games): 14 tackles, one sack, two passes defensed. Player ranking: Gholston is ranked as the 39th-best prospect and the sixth best defensive end, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: The Spartans host Ohio State after both teams are coming off of less than stellar performances heading into conference play. The Spartans haven't allowed more than 62 yards to a single rusher this year, but Ohio State has three different style rushers in Carlos Hyde, Jordan Hall, and dynamic quarterback Braxton Miller, who all have the potential to break that mark. The latter leads the Big Ten with seven rushing touchdowns and has averaged 110 rushing yards per game. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

09/15/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Michigan State continues play with very few flaws on defense. It did not allow a single point against CMU as the only score for the Chippewas came on an interception returned for a touchdown. Teams are having very little success running on MSU and the Spartans forced three more turnovers in Week 2. The Irish will get running back Cierre Wood back in the lineup but a jumbled quarterback situation could be another advantage to a defense already playing ahead. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE William Gholston -- The junior broke through with the Spartans' first sack last week and also led the Spartans with seven tackles. But he gets annoyed when an opponent even gets a first down, let alone any positive yardage. Gholston could build off last week's performance and really take off against the Irish, and along the way, he will likely ignite a defensive front that has yet to truly pressure quarterbacks like they did a season ago. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - DE William Gholston was his usual disruptive self and instead of getting shut out on the stat sheet, he had seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack. Gholston also batted down a pass and was almost impossible for the smaller Central Michigan offensive line to block. But true to form from the junior, Gholston was not overly excited about his performance. "I'm glad we won, but I feel like I can do a whole lot more than what I did," he said. "As a team, we can do a whole lot more. Until they get no yards we won't be satisfied. It was a good performance, though." - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - Michigan State finally recorded its first sack of the season against Central Michigan after picking up 45 last season. Defensive end William Gholston, who was held without a tackle in the opener, had Michigan State's only sack while leading the Spartans with seven tackles, including two for loss. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - DE William Gholston came into the season with many expecting him to be the top defensive player in the Big Ten. He was certainly active against Boise State, but he did not record a tackle and finished with one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. It was the first time since his freshman season that he did not get at least one tackle. A late hit on Boise quarterback Joe Southwick frustrated the coaches, but don't expect another goose egg from Gholston against CMU. QUOTE TO NOTE: "If we're going to say we want to be championship contenders, we've got to be able to step it up to a whole other level." -- DE William Gholston, on how the defense can improve on a solid opening game. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The strength of the Michigan State team is no doubt the defense and expect the Spartans to be salivating at the idea of going after an inexperienced quarterback. The Spartans led the Big Ten in sacks last season with 45 and will certainly put plenty of pressure on the Broncos. Odds are the offense will have its share of growing pains in the opener, so expect the defense to ratchet up its trademark intensity. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE William Gholston -- The junior closed last season with two sacks and five tackles for loss against Georgia in the Outback Bowl and doesn't expect to miss a beat this season. The Broncos are starting a new quarterback and Gholston, as well as the rest of the Michigan State defense, is likely licking his chops. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 27. - The Sports XchangeWilliam Gholston, DE, Michigan State: Gholston lacks the burst up the field as a pass rusher that makes so many of the nation's other defensive ends so intriguing. His length (an imposing 6-6, 278) and strength make him an intriguing candidate as a five-technique capable of setting the edge for a 3-4 defense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/06/2012 - Michigan State has eight starters back from one of the country's top defenses. The big question is whether fourth-year junior Andrew Maxwell can replace school career passing king Kirk Cousins and a young group of wide receivers can do the job against a demanding schedule. That challenge begins when Boise State visits on Aug. 31. The Spartans and Broncos have combined for 46 wins the past two seasons. ''We've definitely got a long way to go,'' said defensive end William Gholston, one of the nation's top pass rushers. ''Until I'm perfect, I've got a lot of room to grow...But we're all faster. We know where to be. We know what to expect. And we know how to counteract it.'' Gholston had five tackles for losses in a 33-30 marathon win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2, a game the Spartans trailed 16-0 at halftime. And with help end Marcus Rush, linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen, corners Johnny Allen and Darqueze Dennard and big-play safety Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State could again have one of the top-rated defenses in the country. - AP Sports

08/05/2012 - Top-five Michigan State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DE William Gholston...With the full support of the coaching staff and zero off-field incidents, it would be unfair to label Gholston as a bad character prospect, but his football focus and on-field demeanor is a question mark that the NFL won't ignore. At 6-7 and 280-pounds, he has the size, length and physical skills to maul blockers coupled with the athleticism to play in space and beat linemen with quickness. But he plays too stiff and needs to develop a better array of pass rush moves, too often relying on his natural tools and not technique. With only 5.5 career sacks, Gholston, who is the cousin of former Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston, has lackluster production over his first two seasons and needs to dispel any doubts about his work ethic and motor. Similar to Jerel Worthy last season, Gholston isn't the "elite" defensive lineman that some believe, but he does have pass rush ability and has yet to reach his ceiling. The Spartans haven't had a first round pick since wide receiver (and NFL bust) Charles Rogers in 2003, but Gholston will try and change that with a breakout season in 2012. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/05/2012 - Top-five Michigan State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DE William Gholston...Blue chip high school recruits out of the state of Michigan usually end up in Ann Arbor or another big time program like USC (Nick Perry) or Alabama (Mark Ingram). But the much heralded Gholston, who had offers from just about every program in the nation, landed in East Lansing and has slowly but surely come into his own as one of the top defensive linemen in the Big Ten. He spent his true freshman season as a back-up defensive end/linebacker, but a shoulder injury ended his season prematurely. Gholston returned as a starting sophomore defensive end last year and set several career-bests with 70 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and one forced fumble, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. However, his 2011 season wasn't without some controversy as Gholston was suspended for Michigan State's last second Hail Mary win over Wisconsin because of a few dirty plays against rival Michigan a week earlier (punching left tackle Tyler Lewan and twisting quarterback Denard Robinson's helmet). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: WILLIAM GHOLSTON, MICHIGAN STATE, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. - Ted Hendricks Foundation

07/28/2012 - Last year, Gholston took a highly visible step back when he was suspended one game for punching Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. "It really bothered him," Dantonio said. "He was characterized in a bad light. It was an emotional response. It was not premeditated. "I think people hung him out to dry, to be honest with you. I think they hung him out to dry on TV. But they got to talk about something, I guess. Because the game was going in one direction." "He is secure in who he is," Dantonio said. "He knows who he is as a person. And his teammates know. And his coaches know. It's not like he's perfect. I don't think any of us are. But he has a good soul. He does. All you have to do is spend 5 minutes with him." In May, Gholston was in the news again when he and Lawrence Thomas suffered minor injuries after they were involved in a rollover crash on I-96 in Brighton Township. Dantonio said Gholston has learned from his mistakes, especially on the field. - Jeff Seidel, The Detroit Free Press

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: William Gholston, junior, DE, Michigan State, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: William Gholston, Michigan State, DE, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. - The Maxwell Football Club

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 23. *William Gholston, DE, Michigan State: At an imposing 6-6, 278 pounds, Gholston lacks the burst upfield as a pass rusher that makes so many of the nation's other defensive ends so intriguing. But his length and strength make him an intriguing candidate as a five-technique capable of setting the edge for a 3-4 defense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/15/2012 - THE TOP 10 DEFENSIVE (NON) CANDIDATES FOR THE HEISMAN FOR 2012: 9. William Gholston, DE/LB, Michigan State - The pterodactyl-like Gholston had 70 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 5 sacks as a true sophomore. He's a superior athlete despite checking in at 6-7, 280 and he'll be the big star on a tough Spartan defense in 2012. He could be an intriguing option for Heisman voters. - Heismanpundit.com

05/03/2012 - Michigan State football players William Gholston and Lawrence Thomas suffered minor injuries in a freeway crash. The school said Thursday the two defensive players were "shaken" after the accident Wednesday afternoon. The Detroit Free Press reports that another vehicle crossed into the path of the sport utility vehicle being driven by Gholston somewhere between East Lansing and the players' hometown of Detroit. Michigan State spokesman John Lewandowski says Gholston and Thomas were heading home after final exams when the crash happened on Interstate 96. State Police Trooper Greg Galarneau says no tickets or citations were issued, and "nobody went to the hospital." Gholston is a junior defensive end, and Thomas is a redshirt freshman linebacker. - AP Sports

05/03/2012 - Michigan State football players William Gholston and Lawrence Thomas suffered minor injuries Wednesday after they were involved in a rollover crash on eastbound I-96 near Spencer Road in Brighton Township, according to the Brighton post of the Michigan State Police. The crash occurred at about 3:40 p.m., after another vehicle attempted to change lanes and cut off a four-door Hyundai sedan driven by an East Lansing women, who lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the path of a Chevrolet SUV driven by Gholston, according to Trooper Greg Galarneau. The vehicles of Gholston and the East Lansing woman collided and rolled into the ditch on the shoulder, with Gholston's SUV settling on its side and the other car on its top, said Galarneau, who added that all three people were wearing seat belts and air bags deployed. No tickets nor citations were issued. There were only minor injuries. "Just scratches and abrasions ... nobody went to the hospital," Galarneau said. "An MSU coach, one of the assistant coaches, was there ... apparently, he was just happening by, and he took care of Gholston," Galarneau said. Gholston tweeted earlier Wednesday, after the crash: "Man you learn to appreciate life everyday I know I do smh." - Kevin Bull, The Detroit Free Press


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