Sizeable nose tackle who has continued to improve during his time at MSU and will push classmates Eric Pearce and Tevan Ferguson as one of three seniors in the middle of the defensive line this fall ... Notched a TFL in the Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2012: Played in 10 games as a junior ... Tallied 6 total tackles on the season ... Was in on two tackles at No. 23 Louisville (9/8/12), including a solo stop ... Brought down a pair of Western Illinois carriers (10/27/12) with his first tackle for loss and a solo ... Also contributed a solo tackle at UNI (11/17/12) in the season finale ... Was on the Spring 2012 Athletic Director's Honor Roll ... Arrived on campus in time to go through spring drills in 2012.
Ellsworth CC: Played the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College for Coach Mike Virden.
High School: Was part of four conference championship teams for Coach Tom Wilson at Dowling Catholic High in West Des Moines, Iowa ... Maroons were 13-1 his senior season in 2009 and finished as state runners-up ... Was an elite all-state first-team pick in 2009 as well as an all-conference and all-city selection ... Dowling High was 9-3 and reached the state quarterfinals his junior year ... Was also a three-year letterman in wrestling and was a standout thrower on the track team.
Personal: Spencer Mezie Okoli-Emerson was born 3/2/92 in Clive, Iowa ... Son of Austin Okoli and Michelle Russell of Des Moines, Iowa ... Has six siblings -- Cody, Tobi, Koci, Lota, Gweneth and Wyatt ... Majoring in Sociology.