MSU looking to halt slide against Panther squad with sights set on postseason
No. 4 Illinois State uses big first half to deliver 38-2 victory over Bears on homecoming at Missouri State
Memphis scores 28 first-quarter points to hand MSU season-opening 63-7 defeat
No. 4 North Dakota State scores 42 unanswered points to send MSU to fourth consecutive setback
Fifth-year senior linebacker who has 26 career starts on his resume ... Posted 5 tackles in Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15) with 3 solos.
2014: Started all 12 games at inside linebacker ... Finished fourth on the team in total tackles (65) and tackles for loss (4.5) ... Earned MSU Defensive Player of the Week distinction after bringing down 9 South Dakota ball carriers on homecoming (10/18/14) with 3 solo stops and a sack ... Posted season-high 10 stops against Youngstown State (10/4/14) with 1.5 tackles for loss ... Tallied his first sack of the year at Oklahoma State (9/6/14) ... Recorded 9 stops at South Dakota State (10/11/14) with 4 solos ... Snagged an interception and 7 tackles against FCS champion North Dakota State (11/15/14) ... Earned spot on MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for spring 2015 semester ... Tallied 9 tackles in Maroon and White Spring Game (4/26/14) with a sack and a pair of solo stops.
2013: Earned 9 straight starts to close out his sophomore campaign ... Earned MSU Media Player of the Week honors for South Dakota (10/5/13) game, in which he had a key interception and a fumble recovery in Bears' first-ever trip to the Dakota Dome ... Registered 7 stops in win over No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13) to go with a pair of pass break-ups ... Matched season-high with 7 tackles in finale against Northern Iowa (11/16/13) ... Notched 6 tackles, including career-best 5 solo stops in road win at Western Illinois (10/26/13) with a tackle for loss ... Was in on 4 tackles in Central Arkansas game (9/21/13) ... Finished 10th on the club in total stops (36) ... Registered 7 total tackles in the Maroon and White Game (4/20/13), including a tackle for loss.
2012: Finished eighth on the team in tackles (41) and fifth in assisted tackles (35) ... Brought down 11 Murray State players, including 3 solo stops, in his home debut (9/15/12) and first career start ... Was in on 7 tackles at No. 23 Louisville (9/8/12) with a fumble recovery ... Produced 7 total tackles at Indiana State (10/6/12) with his first interception ... Had a tackle for loss and 5 total stops in win over Western Illinois (10/27/12) and 4 tackles against No. 1 North Dakota State (11/3/12) ... Broke up a pass in the Maroon and White Game (4/21/12).
2011: Redshirted his first campaign at Missouri State ... Earned MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors for the Indiana State game (11/12/11).
High School: Tallied 125 tackles, forced 3 fumbles and recorded a pair of sacks as a senior for Coach John Roderique at Webb City (Mo.) High in 2010 ... Was a consensus all-state pick as a senior, helping the Cardinals to a combined 43-1 record over 3 years and MSHSAA Class 4 titles in 2008 and 2010 ... Squad also claimed three straight conference and district titles from 2008-10 ... Was Central Ozarks Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Named defensive MVP of the East-West "Grin Iron" Classic, played in Springfield ... Team was 15-0 in 2010, as he earned all-district and all-area honors ... Cardinals were 13-1 and reached state semifinals in 2009 as he claimed third-team all-state distinction as well as all-district and all-conference ... Was also part of a 15-0 team in 2008 ... High school teammate of fellow MSU player Maddy Johnson ... Also lettered as a forward on the basketball team and track sprinter at Webb City.
Personal: John Christian Hoffmann was born 10/13/92 in Joplin, Mo. ... Son of John and Nancy Hoffmann of Joplin ... Has a sister, Lauren ... Majoring in Logistics and Supply Chain Management..