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Started 7 games a year ago as a junior and is one of five returning starters on the offensive side of the ball ... Had a 12-yard touchdown reception from Breck Ruddick in the Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15).
2014: Played in all 12 games as a junior with 7 starts at the slot receiver ... Had receptions in 9 different games, including a career-best 6 snags in season finale at UNI (11/22/14) ... Had 5 games with multiple receptions and was second on the squad with 21 receptions and fourth on the team with 208 receiving yards ... Scored only touchdown of the campaign in season opener at Northwestern State (8/28/14) on a 15-yard pass from Kierra Harris late in the third quarter ... Had season-high 40 receiving yards at Indiana State (11/1/14) on 4 receptions ... Named MSU Offensive Player of the Week by coaching staff for Indiana State game ... Longest play of the season was a 25-yard catch and run at home against SIU (11/8/14) ... Had 5 receptions for 65 yards in the 2014 spring scrimmage series, including a touchdown and 23 yards in the Maroon and White Spring Game (4/26/14).
2013: Played all 12 games as a sophomore, including 4 starts ... Snagged 29 receptions for 289 yards -- both third on the team ... Had 6 multiple-reception games, including 7 catches for 69 yards at Murray State (9/14/13) and 6 receptions for 42 yards at home against Central Arkansas (9/21/13) ... Logged 5 receptions for 32 yards at top-ranked North Dakota State (10/12/13) ... Scored his only TD of the season in the home win over Indiana State (11/2/13) -- a 28-yard pass from Kierra Harris ... Posted career-best 73 yards on 4 receptions in win at Southern Illinois (11/9/13) with a career-long reception of 40 yards against the Salukis ... Was 8th on the team in all-purpose yards (284) ... Named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll for spring 2014 semester ... Had a great spring, including 2 receptions for 21 yards in Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2011: Redshirted his freshman season at MSU ... Earned MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of Week (10/15/11) for North Dakota State ... Named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll and MVFC Honor Roll for fall 2011 semester.
High School: Collected 14 receptions for 330 yards and 5 touchdowns as a senior for the Nixa (Mo.) High Eagles ... Coach Richard Rehagen's team went 6-5 in 2010 and advanced to the state playoffs for the second time in as many years ... Averaged 29.0 yards per kickoff return and 10.1 yards per punt return ... As a junior, he had 33 catches for 640 yards and 6 touchdowns ... He also notched 700 yards in returns as a kick and punt return specialist in 2009 and recorded 3 picks in the defensive secondary ... Team was 9-4 in 2009 ... Voted all-district and all-conference as a junior and senior while earning all-state distinction as a senior defensive back ... Was also a standout second baseman for the Nixa baseball squad.
Personal: Eric Matthew Christophel was born 6/16/93 in Pocatello, Idaho ... Son of Rob and Paula Christophel of Nixa, Mo. ... Has a brother, Tyler ... Majoring in Advertising and Promotion.