The team's top tackler from 2011 returns to his post this fall with expectations of anchoring the MSU defense from his Mac linebacker spot ... Had 5 tackles and a 27-yard interception return in the Maroon and White spring game (4/21/12).
2011: Became the first Bears' freshman since 1998 to lead the team in tackles when he brought down 84 ball carriers in his redshirt freshman campaign ... Earned MVFC All-Newcomer honors after finishing 10th in the league in total stops ... Started 9 games and matched team high with 6 tackles for loss and 2 fumble recoveries along with 3 forced fumbles ... Also collected 2.5 sacks ... Posted 7 tackles in collegiate debut at Arkansas (9/3/11) ... Had 11 total stops at Eastern Kentucky (9/10/11) and at Southern Illinois (9/24/11) ... Was in on 6 solo stops in win at Western Illinois (10/22/11) ... Earned MSU Defensive Player of the Week laurels for the EKU and WIU games as well as double-overtime game against South Dakota State (10/29/11) ... Was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll both semesters and also earned the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award and MVFC Honor Roll honors.
2010: Redshirted as a true freshman ... Earned MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors for efforts in preparing for South Dakota State (11/6/10) ... Earned MVFC Honor Roll distinction.
High School: Was one of the top tacklers in the St. Louis area in 2009, tallying 155 stops for the Rockwood Summit Falcons, which ranked sixth in the metro area ... Claimed first-team all-conference honors as a linebacker and a tight end, while earning second-team all-state distinction by the Missouri sportswriters ... He also claimed all-district and third-team St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro honors for Coach Mike Belers ... Named Summit's Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and won the team's Most Valuable Player award his senior season ... Was a three-year letterman in football and baseball, where he pitched and played the outfield and first base.
Personal: Andrew David Beisel was born 7/15/91 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of David and Cathy Beisel of Fenton, Mo. ... Has a brother, Eric ... Majoring in general business.