Joel Heath Has Learned To Handle Adversity

Michigan State fifth-year senior defensive tackle Joel Heath has learned a lot on and off the field since arriving on campus in the summer of 2011. Spartan Digest spoke with Heath recently about his journey as he gets ready to write the final chapter.

Joel Heath enters his final season as a Michigan State Spartan with high expectations and the knowledge this is his time to shine showing the talent that made him a top recruit coming out of Cincinnati Mount Healthy High School in the Spartans 2011 recruiting class.

With great physical size and athleticism, Heath has the frame and ability to get a serious chance of playing at the next level and having a big senior season as a Spartan would go a long way in helping that cause.

Despite the ups and downs, Heath knows he's learned from his overall experience and spoke with Spartan Digest about handling adversity over the course of the past few years.



Heath opened eyes when he camped at Michigan State prior to his senior season. With great speed for a player of his size, Heath was a must get for the Spartans as they looked to build even more on their highly thought of defense. Rated among the top defensive ends in the country, Heath was a three year starter for Arvie Crough at Mount Healthy earning first-team All-Ohio honors twice and being selected as the AP All-Ohio Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.


After being reshirted in 2011, Heath appeared in five games in 2012. In 2013 Heath would see action in 10 games but would move from defensive end to defensive tackle during bowl practices. In 2014 Heath had his best season as he started 12 games and collected a career high 29 tackles while leading the Spartans with five tackles for loss. May have played his best game in the Spartans win over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl. Enters his final season as a projected starter at defensive tackle.

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