MSU Erases 18-Point Halftime Deficit to Grab First Victory of 2012
After a breakthrough freshman campaign in 2011, Crutcher looks to return to his starting spot at free safety this fall and add to his impressive list of accolades.
2011: Started all 11 games at free safety ... Collected 83 total stops, just one shy of the team lead and led the Bears in solo tackles with 45 ... Named to MVFC All-Newcomer Team ... Finished 14th in the Jerry Rice Award (FCS National Freshman of the Year) national voting ... Registered 10 tackles in his collegiate debut at Arkansas (9/3/11) to earn MSU Media Player of Week laurels ... Turned in season-high 13 tackles against eventual Division I champion North Dakota State (10/15/11), with 7 solo stops ... Had an interception and broke up two more passes in win at Western Illinois (10/22/11) ... Turned in 9 tackles in back-to-back home games against Northern Iowa (10/1/11) and Illinois State (10/8/11) ... Had at least seven tackles in eight games.
2010: Redshirted his first year at Missouri State ... Earned MVFC Honor Roll distinction with a 3.25 GPA during fall 2010 semester ... Named MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week in preparing the offense for the game at Kansas State (9/11/10).
High School: Helped Timberland High to a 9-2 record his senior season and a 19-3 total ledger his final 2 seasons as a starter for the Wolves ... Earned all-district honors in 2009 after collecting 100 tackles, an interception, a sack and a safety ... A two-time all-Gateway Athletic Conference pick for Coach Craig Collins ... Also played wide receiver his senior season ... Was a member of a pair of GAC North championship teams ... Also started 3 seasons for the basketball team at forward and guard.
Personal: Mike Love Crutcher was born 3/26/91 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of Rick and Bobbie Appelbaum of Wentzville, Mo. ... Has three siblings, Kate, Richard and Danny ... Majoring in Criminology.