Michigan State Football: 25 best players of the Mark Dantonio era

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 04: Trae Waynes /
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Josiah Price, Michigan State Spartans
KALAMAZOO, MI – SEPTEMBER 4: Josiah Price #82 of the Michigan State Spartans runs into the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown reception in the first half against the Western Michigan Broncos at Waldo Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
  • All-time MSU leader for touchdowns by tight end (21)
  • Two-time Third-Team All-Big Ten (2015, 2016)
  • Two-time Mackey Award mid-season watch list (2015, 2016)
  • Third among MSU tight ends in receptions (104) and yards (1,238)

It’s tough for a tight end to stand out in Michigan State’s balanced offense, but Josiah Price was a special talent.

Price wasn’t exactly a highly touted recruit out of high school, but the Greentown, Indiana native exceeded expectations from day one at Michigan State. As a true freshman, he caught 17 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. From there, it was clear he would be well on his way to a big career for the Spartans.

Becoming one of Connor Cook’s favorite targets, Price found a way to stay on the field, despite shaky run-blocking. He caught 26 passes for 374 yards and a whopping six touchdowns as a sophomore and had six more touchdown receptions as a junior with 23 catches for 267 yards.

Unfortunately, Price’s last year at Michigan State took place in Mark Dantonio’s worst season, but he still managed career numbers, catching 38 passes for 387 yards. His five scores helped him become Michigan State’s No. 1 all-time tight end in terms of touchdowns.