MSU Set to Build on Strong Defensive Showing Against SIU
Solid returnee who started 9 games last year at outside linebacker and will compete with Rodney Kelly for the starting Will linebacker spot this fall.
2011: Started 9 of 11 games ... Finished fifth on the squad in total tackles with 53, including 21 solo stops ... Produced season-high 9 tackles against Illinois State (10/8/11) ... Brought down 7 ball carriers at Southern Illinois (9/24/11) with 5 solo stops and a sack ... Also contributed 7 tackles at No. 4 North Dakota State (10/15/11) and against South Dakota State on homecoming (10/29/11) ... Had 5 solo stops in win at Western Illinois (10/22/11) ... Recovered a key fumble at No. 15 Arkansas (9/3/11) in season opener.
2010: Was the only MSU player to earn MVFC All-Newcomer Team laurels ... Pushed into duty in Week 4 to pull his redshirt ... Made an immediate impact with an interception in his debut game against No. 20 Youngstown State (10/2/10) ... Started 6 of the next 7 contests, finishing the year with 50 total tackles in 8 games to tie for fourth on the team ... Had season-high 9 tackles at Murray State (10/9/10), including 6 solos, and scored a touchdown on a blocked punt ... Also had 6 solo tackles at No. 16 Northern Iowa (11/13/10) to earn MSU Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Also tabbed for Defensive Player of the Week honors after accumulating 8 tackles at Indiana State (10/16/10).
High School: Was a two-time Oklahoma all-state pick for Coach Lance Manning at Norman North High ... His three varsity seasons netted 353 tackles, 8 sacks and 2 interceptions ... Two time all-district and all-conference honoree for the Timberwolves.
Personal: Nicholas Richard Canavan was born 6/26/91 in Orlando, Fla. ... Son of Richard and Karen Canavan of Norman, Okla. ... Has a sister, Kaitlyn ... Majoring in Accounting.