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Mark Dell

| | College: Michigan State
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Mark Dell expected to have a major impact on the Spartans' program as a highly-recruited high school receiver. He never reached 1,000 yards in a season due to depth at the position and head coach Mark D'Antonio's run-first offense, but scouts are intrigued by his skill set.

Dell earned eight starts in 13 games played as a true freshman (20 receptions, 220 yards, two touchdowns). He again started eight games as a sophomore, averaging a robust 18.9 yards per reception (36-679) and putting up 202 yards on nine receptions against Cal early in the year. He missed the first two games of his junior year due to a shoulder injury, and managed to start only the final three contests while finishing with 26 catches for 449 yards and a score.

He bounced back as a senior to earn honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors after leading the Spartans with 51 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns. Dell does not have track speed, but teams looking for a No. 2-type, possession receiver with strength and good hands will consider him a mid-to-late round prospect with potential.


Strengths: Solid upper-body build with the strength to handle pro cornerbacks on the edge. Works hard to get a release and can use his hands to free himself from press coverage and gain separation downfield. Fits as a possession receiver running slants and crossing routes using his body to shield defenders, but can also get downfield. Solid hands, snatches ball outside his frame. Adjusts to off-target and back-shoulder throws, high-points passes using long arms and good vertical. Willing to hang onto the ball in traffic over the middle. Capable run blocker when giving effort, gets his hands inside and moves to sustain.

Weaknesses: Average straight-line speed. Will side-step oncoming defenders on the run, but lacks elusiveness after the catch. Needs to be more fluid to shorten up his cuts. Catches with his body when facing the quarterback. Must be more consistent attacking and sustaining against defenders when blocking downfield; too often his guy comes off to make the play. Limited in fall 2009 with a shoulder ailment. Pled guilty to misdemeanor assault (in exchange of dropped conspiracy charge and probation), suspended for 2009 Alamo Bowl for involvement in on-campus fight after the team's football banquet.

Career Notes

Four-year letterman finished his career ranked sixth in MSU history with 2,136 receiving yards (16.1 avg.), tied for seventh in receptions with 133, and tied for 13th in TD receptions with 12 . . . appeared in 47 career games with 27 starts to his credit.

2010 Season

Saw action in all 13 games, including eight starts at split end . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . named to Phil Steele's All-Big Ten third team . . . led the team with career highs in receiving yards (788) and receptions (51), both of which ranked 15th in the MSU season records . . . ranked third in the Big Ten in conference games in receiving yards (73.6 ypg.) and tied for seventh in receptions (4.9 pg.) . . . recipient of the team's Downtown Coaches Club Award (Outstanding Senior, Offense) . . . caught a career-high six TDs . . . 40 of his 51 catches (78 percent) resulted in either a touchdown or a first down . . . produced his fourth 100-yard receiving game of his career by catching eight passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and also a two-point conversion, in comeback win over Purdue; named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week . . . recorded game highs in catches (8) and receiving yards (98) at No. 18 Iowa.

Tied a career high with nine receptions for 109 yards, including a career-best two touchdowns (7 and 13 yards), in comeback win at Northwestern . . . caught three passes for 55 yards in win over Illinois . . . led MSU with 93 receiving yards on just three catches (31.0 avg.), including a 41-yard touchdown, in the Spartans' victory at No. 18 Michigan . . . was named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week after recording a game-high six receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown in win over No. 11 Wisconsin; 60 of his receiving yards came after the catch . . . tallied two receptions for 65 yards in win over Northern Colorado, including a 55-yard catch . . . caught six passes for 81 yards in season opener against Western Michigan.

2009 Season

Saw action in 10 games . . . ranked third on the team in receptions (26) and receiving yards (449) . . . averaged 17.3 yards per catch and 44.9 receiving yards per game . . . had nine catches of 20-plus yards . . . 20 of his 26 catches resulted in either a touchdown or a first down . . . has 82 career receptions for 1,348 yards (16.4 avg.) and six TDs . . . has appeared in 34 career games with 19 starts to his credit . . . caught two passes for 44 yards vs. Penn State . . . had five receptions for 97 yards, including a 48-yard grab, in a start vs. Western Michigan . . . hauled in two catches for 42 yards vs. Iowa . . . had a 23-yard reception at Illinois on a third-and-8 play in the first quarter that kept MSU's first TD scoring drive of the day alive . . . caught five passes for 74 yards at Wisconsin, including an acrobatic 14-yard TD grab in the second quarter . . . in his first action of the season, led the Spartans with 121 receiving yards on six catches at Notre Dame, including a career-long 57-yard reception in the fourth quarter . . . missed the first two games (Montana State, Central Michigan) after suffering a shoulder injury in preseason camp . . . ranked among the nation's top 20 wide receivers by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (No. 19).

2008 Season

Appeared in 11 games in 2008, including eight starts at split end . . . led the Spartans in receiving yards (679) and yards per catch (18.9) . . . finished second on the team in touchdown catches (3) and third in receptions (36) . . . caught at least one pass in 10 games . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten in receiving yards (61.7 ypg.) . . . 28 of his 36 receptions (78 percent) resulted in either a first down or a TD . . . ranked first on the team with 15 catches for 20-plus yards . . . led team with 61 receiving yards on five catches vs. Georgia in the 2009 Capital One Bowl . . . had four catches for 50 yards at Penn State, including a 23-yard TD grab from Kirk Cousins late in the fourth quarter . . . did not see action vs. Wisconsin and Purdue due to a knee injury . . . caught three passes for 72 yards at Michigan, including a 44-yard grab on a third-down play that set up first-and-goal for MSU on a TD-scoring drive that tied the score at 21 . . . led team with 53 receiving yards on four catches vs. Ohio State, including a 32-yarder in the third quarter . . . caught a 14-yard TD pass from Brian Hoyer in the second quarter at Indiana and had two catches for 25 yards in the game . . . led MSU with four catches for 80 yards vs. Notre Dame . . . had two receptions for 42 yards on a fourth-quarter drive that led to an MSU field goal and a 16-7 lead over the Irish.

His one reception for 47 yards vs. Florida Atlantic late in the third quarter helped set up MSU's final TD in a 17-0 win . . . surpassed his freshman season total for receiving yards just two games into the season (220 yards in 2007) . . . hauled in three passes for 71 yards vs. Eastern Michigan . . . recorded career highs in receptions (9) and receiving yards (202) at California . . . his 202 receiving yards mark the fifth-best single-game total in Spartan history and the 18th-highest total in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision last season . . . became the first Spartan to post a 200-yard receiving game since Charles Rogers (10 catches for 270 yards) vs. Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic . . . had five catches for 141 yards in the fourth quarter vs. the Golden Bears . . . became just the fourth Spartan receiver to collect 200 receiving yards in a game (Charles Rogers twice, Andre Rison and Plaxico Burress).

2007 Season

Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman, including eight starts (seven at split end) . . . finished fifth on the team in receptions with 20 for 220 yards (11.0 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . caught at least one pass in 12 games . . . had two catches for a season-high 36 yards at Purdue . . . his season-long 25 reception from Brian Hoyer on a third-and-11 play against the Boilermakers kept a TD drive alive in the second quarter . . . caught three passes for 27 yards at No. 9 Wisconsin, including a 3- yard TD grab from Hoyer early in the fourth quarter as MSU pulled to within 34-31 . . . scored his first collegiate TD on a 16-yard reception from Hoyer in the third quarter at Notre Dame as the Spartans built a 24-14 lead . . . had three catches for 27 yards vs. Bowling Green . . . caught an 11-yard pass from Hoyer in his first collegiate start vs. UAB in the season opener.

High School

Accounted for 113 all-purpose yards in the 2007 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (East-West) All-Star Game . . . PrepStar All-American . . . rated among the country's top 150 players by ESPN.com (No. 103 on ESPN 150) . . . ranked among the nation's top wide receivers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18), Rivals.com (No. 21) and Scout.com (No. 58) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by Scouts, Inc. (No. 11), SuperPrep (No. 32) and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report (No. 61) . . . rated the No. 1 wide receiver in the Midwest by PrepStar . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 7), Detroit Free Press (No. 8), Lansing State Journal (No. 11), The Detroit News (No. 14) and Scout.com (No. 14) . . . named to The Detroit News Dream Team and All-Metro North Team as a senior . . . two-year starter for Coach John Herrington at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Mich. . . . accounted for 1,491 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior . . . had 59 receptions for 1,235 yards (20.9 avg.) and 18 TDs . . . had six 100- yard receiving games in 2006 . . . caught 10 passes for 164 yards and three TDs vs. Adams . . . had five catches for 152 yards and three scores vs. Rochester . . . had six receptions for 134 yards and three TDs vs. Athens . . . recorded 31 tackles (23 solos, 8 assists) and four interceptions in 2006, returning one 34 yards for a score vs. Lahser . . . made a season-high six stops vs. Clarkston . . . returned five kickoffs for 179 yards (35.8 avg.), including a 90-yard runback for a TD vs. Ferndale . . . caught 40 passes for 885 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 TDs as a junior . . . posted 35 tackles, five interceptions and seven pass break-ups in 2005 . . . also participated in basketball and track and field . . .


Son of Edwina Watts, Mark Dell Sr. and Tycie Dell . . . born May 28, 1989. . . . no-preference major.


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