Third-year squad member who will bring abundant skills to the defensive end unit and push regulars Levi Moore and Waylon Richardet.
2009: Played 10 games as a redshirt freshman ... Finished 13th on the squad in total tackles (17), including a season-high four in win at North Dakota State (10/24/09) ... Tied for fifth on the squad in tackles for loss with four ... Also had 1.5 sacks ... Notched a pair of solo tackles and three total stops in win at Western Illinois (10/17/09) ... Also secured three total tackles against Illinois State (10/31/09).
2008: Redshirted his first season at MSU ... Named MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year and earned Scout Team Player of the Week honors three times, for the Washburn game (9/4/08), the Youngstown State game (10/11/08) and the South Dakota State game (11/1/08).
High School: Four-year starter and letterman for coach Paul Day at Fort Zumwalt West High in O'Fallon, Mo. ... Helped the Jaguars to a 9-2 season, a third straight conference title and a state playoff appearance his senior year in 2007 as a standout defensive end and tight end ... Earned first-team all-state honors by the AP and coaches association and was named Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year ... Was also a three-time Gateway Athletic Conference performer, earning GAC South Defensive Player of the Year laurels as a senior after tallying 24 tackles for loss ... Was also a two-time all-district standout and earned St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro honors while being named by the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Post-Dispatch as one of the top-20 prospects in St. Louis ... Finished prep career with 53 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks and five forced fumbles ... Was also a varsity wrestler at Zumwalt West, competing at the 215-pound class.
Personal: Joe Michael Day was born 12/31/89 in Marshall, Mo. ... Son of Paul and Jennifer Day of O'Fallon, Mo. ... Majoring in Physical Education ... Has a brother, Tanner, and a sister, Jessica ... His parents were both standout athletes (football and soccer) at Missouri Valley College.