Starter at tackle last year, Shapel will transition to guard in 2010 and is the preseason favorite to hold down the right guard job.
2009: Starting left tackle for all nine games he played before missing the final two games of the season with an injury ... Graded out at 78 percent for the season and finished third on the squad with 53 knockdowns ... Earned MSU Pound the Rock Award as Offensive Lineman of the Week in his team debut against Arkansas (9/5/09) ... Helped Bears' offense average 327.3 yards per game.
Butler CC: Was a member of the two-time NJCAA national champion Butler Community College program the past two seasons and helped teammate Erik Dahl anchor the team's highly-touted offensive line ... Was an all-Jayhawk League offensive tackle in 2008 and was instrumental in the team's 16-0 league run and 23-1 overall record the past two seasons ... Team was Jayhawk League, region and national champions both seasons at Butler.
High School: Was a four-year starter at Iola (Kan.) High School for coach Dean Taylor ... Was an all-conference lineman for the Mustangs, also earning first-team all-area defensive honors and Kansas 4A all-state honorable mention distinction in 2006 ... Started on both the offensive and defensive lines all four seasons ... Was a three-year letterman in track as a stellar shot and discus thrower.
Personal: Robert Jay Shapel was born 7/28/89 in Iola, Kan. ... Son of Randall and Yetti Shapel of Iola, Kan. ... Majoring in Exercise and Movement Science ... Has two brothers, Agung and John, and a sister, Ellen.