Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie wins Governor’s Award for most valuable player.
No. 16 Spartans getting ready to face No. 18 Washington State on Dec. 28 in San Diego.
In all, 126 Spartans were recognized for having a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Six Spartans collect Academic All-Big Ten accolades for third-straight season part of second-straight season setting new program record.
Sophomore safety David Dowell named first-team All-Big Ten by the media.
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CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner has played in 23 career games with 10 consecutive starts . . . returns as the one of the starting safeties in 2018 . . . his twin brother, Andrew, is a senior linebacker on the Spartan roster . . . has 62 career tackles with five interceptions, four pass break-ups and one fumble recovery in 23 games . . . has snared the five interceptions in total of three games and all against top 15 ranked opponents, tallying two oskies each in wins over No. 7 Michigan and No. 7 Penn State, while snaring one at No. 11 Ohio State.
2017 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Earned first-team All-Big Ten by media and honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches . . . became just the second Spartan sophomore defensive back to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors (Phil Parker, 1983) . . . also named second-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press . . . named recipient of the MSU Tommy Love Award (most improved player: defense) . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree . . . ranked tied for second in B1G and tied for 11th in FBS with five interceptions, also ranking second in B1G and tied for 15th in FBS in interceptions per game (0.4) . . . ranked tied for eighth in B1G and tied for 37th in FBS for interception return yards (78) . . . the five oskies were the most interceptions by a player in the Mark Dantonio era at Michigan State and the most by a Spartan since 2001 (Broderick Nelson with five) . . . the five interceptions rank tied for 14th overall on MSU's single-season interceptions list . . . the 78 interception return yards were the most by an MSU player since 2011 when Darqueze Dennard had 141 and Isaiah Lewis had 89 . . . logged 52 tackles in playing all 13 games, starting last 10 games . . . tallied three tackles vs. No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl . . . posted six stops against Maryland . . . snatched one interception with a 15-yard return to go with career-high nine tackles at No. 11 Ohio State, leading the secondary with 12 production points . . . snared two interceptions in win over No. 7 Penn State, his second game with two oskies (Michigan), adding four tackles to tally 12 production points, ranking second among defensive backs . . . accumulated seven stops at Northwestern, matching his brother for tackle total, adding one pass break-up, finishing with 11 production points ranking tied for second among secondary . . . logged two tackles in victory over Indiana . . . tied for top tackles total on team with seven, matching his brother, in win at Minnesota, including matching with five solo and two assists, with one stop teaming up with brother . . . had career game against No. 7 Michigan, surpassing his season total of six stops with seven tackles, adding first two interceptions of career and adding one fumble recovery and one pass break-up, helping MSU defense log season-high five takeaways; finished game with 28 production points, leading secondary and ranking second among the defense . . . named Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week for performance against the Wolverines . . . tallied two tackles in Iowa game while making first career start . . . posted two stops and shared top honors on the team with two pass break-ups in Bowling Green game, logging 15 total production points, to rank tied for second on the defense.
2016 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Earned his first letter after playing in 10 games, primarily on special teams . . . recorded 10 tackles, including three on special teams . . . played more than 50 snaps at safety . . . made two stops vs. Rutgers . . . had season-best four tackles at Maryland to go with one fumble recovery; played a season-high 38 snaps against the Terrapins . . . tallied two tackles vs. Northwestern . . . notched first career tackle at No. 18 Notre Dame. . . . tied for the team lead on the White with six tackles in the spring game; intercepted a pass with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the White.
2015 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 236) . . . ranked among the country's top safeties by 247Sports.com (No. 26) . . . listed among the nation's top athletes by ESPN.com (No. 33) . . . rated among the nation's top wide receivers by Scout.com (No. 35) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 24) . . . listed among Ohio's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 10), Scout.com (No. 14) and 247Sports.com (No. 19) . . . three-year starter for Coach Rick Finotti at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio . . . Cleveland.com second-team All-Star selection (defensive back) as a senior . . . registered 64 tackles, two interceptions and 18 pass break-ups in 2014 . . . had 33 receptions for 332 yards (10.1 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . caught five passes for 64 yards in St. Edward's 31-21 victory over Huber Heights Wayne in the 2014 Division I state championship game . . . picked off a pass in the regional final/state semifinal vs. Hudson . . . returned a fumble 30 yards for a TD in the regional semifinal vs. Westerville Central . . . recorded 32 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass break-ups as a junior . . . had 26 catches for 483 yards (18.6 avg.) and seven TDs in 2013 . . . set school record with 40 consecutive starts . . . had 80 career receptions for 971 yards (11.6 avg.) and 14 TDs . . . also played basketball and ran track . . . son of Will and Anita Dowell . . . his twin brother, Andrew, is a junior linebacker on the Spartan roster . . . born Nov. 16, 1996 . . . majoring in communication.