The senior cornerback becomes the second Spartan player in school history to be selected as a finalist for the award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive back.
The senior cornerback becomes the first Spartan player in school history to be selected as a finalist for the award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player.
Dennard leads MSU and ranks tied for seventh in the Big Ten with nine passes defended.
Dennard tied his career high with two interceptions at Iowa and led MSU with eight tackles.
Spartans keep Iowa off the scoreboard in the final two quarters.
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Michigan @ Michigan State
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Michigan takes on Iowa on the road
Michigan State vs. No. 22 Notre Dame - UTSI
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner is in his third season as a starting cornerback . . . two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2012, 2013) . . . has 161 tackles and 28 passes defended (10 interceptions, 18 pass break-ups) in 42 career games, including 38 starts (28 consecutive) . . . has three career multi-interception games (2013 vs. Iowa, 2012 vs. Nebraska, 2012 Outback Bowl vs. Georgia) . . . ranks tied for 11th in MSU history with 10 interceptions.
2013 NOTES: Named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player); first Spartan to be named a finalist for the award . . . selected one of three finalists for Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back), becoming just the second Spartan to be named a finalist for the award (Todd Krumm, 1987) . . . named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year (named for Ohio State's Jack Tatum and Purdue's Rod Woodson) . . . unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches; also a first-team pick by the media . . . ranked No. 3 defensive player in the FBS by CBSSports.com . . . named Midseason All-American by CBSSports.com (second team) and Phil Steele (third team) . . . has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl . . . leads team and ranks tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 12 passes defended (four interceptions, eight pass break-ups) . . . leads team in both interceptions (4) and pass break-ups (8) . . . tied for third in the Big Ten with four picks . . . ranks fourth on the team with 56 tackles, including 2.0 for loss (4 yards) . . . ranks fifth on the defense with 189 production points . . . tied a career high with nine tackles and broke up a pass on Senior Day against Minnesota . . . recorded a career-best nine tackles and an interception in Michigan State's 30-6 victory at Northwestern, as the Spartans claimed the Big Ten Legends Division title for the second time in three seasons . . . had a productive all-around game in win over No. 23 Michigan, recording an interception, a forced fumble and four tackles . . . tallied seven stops, including a half tackle for loss, in win over Purdue . . . registered five tackles, a pass break-up and a QB hurry vs. Indiana . . . named Big Ten Player of the Week after tying his career high with two interceptions and recording a career-high eight tackles at Iowa . . . credited with two tackles, including a 1-yard loss, to go along with a QB hurry and a pass break-up at No. 22 Notre Dame; recorded a season-high 47 production points against the Irish, the most in a single game by a Spartan defensive player this season . . . posted five stops, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), and had two pass break-ups vs. South Florida . . . tied his career high with three pass break-ups in the season opener against Western Michigan.
PRESEASON NOTES: Featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik (defensive player of the year) and Jim Thorpe (nation's best defensive back) Awards plus Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player) . . . one of only 11 defensive backs nationally to be listed on the Bednarik, Nagurski and Thorpe Award Watch Lists . . . named to the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy Watch List . . . preseason third-team All-America selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview . . . rated among the nation's top NFL Draft prospects in the Class of 2014 (No. 4 cornerback) by CBSSports.com . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele, Athlon Sports and Lindy's . . . ranked among the nation's top cornerbacks (No. 7) by Lindy's.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and second-team choice by the media . . . also a first-team All-Big Ten pick by ESPN.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele . . . finished No. 19 in ESPN.com's final Big Ten player rankings . . . started all 13 games . . . tied for team lead with three interceptions . . . also tied for the team lead with 10 passes defended, which ranked tied for 19th in the Big Ten . . . tied for second on the team with seven pass break-ups . . . ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 52 tackles, including 3.5 for losses (5 yards) . . . recipient of the team's Jim Adams Award (unsung hero - defense) . . . collected three tackles in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU . . . recorded an interception, a pass break-up and three tackles, including a 1-yard loss, at Minnesota . . . tied a career high with seven tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and broke up a pass vs. Northwestern . . . tied career high with two interceptions (46 yards) and also had four tackles vs. No. 21 Nebraska; his 30-yard interception return in the third quarter set up MSU's third TD of the game . . . posted four tackles, including a half tackle for loss, at No. 23 Michigan . . . had four stops and two pass break-ups vs. Iowa . . . collected four tackles against Eastern Michigan . . . posted six stops, including a 2-yard loss, vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . tallied five tackles at Central Michigan . . . recorded a career-high three pass break-ups and had five tackles in win over No. 24 Boise State . . . matched his career high with 26 production points against the Broncos.
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (media) . . . recorded 42 tackles (30 solos, 12 assists) in 11 games of action . . . tied for third on the team with six passes defended (three interceptions, three pass break-ups) . . . tied a Spartan-bowl record with two interceptions in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl; picked off an Aaron Murray pass midway through the third quarter, leading to MSU's first TD of the game, then returned an interception 38 yards for a score at the 1:47 mark in the third quarter that cut the Bulldog lead to 16-14 . . . also credited with four tackles against Georgia . . . named to the Yahoo! Sports All-Bowl Team for his performance against the Bulldogs (career-best 26 production points) . . . recorded a career-high seven tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss, in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin . . . did not play the last two games of the regular season (vs. Indiana and Northwestern) due to injury . . . recorded one tackle at Iowa in limited action due to injury . . . sat out the Minnesota game with an injury . . . posted six stops at No. 13 Nebraska . . . had six tackles in the victory over No. 4 Wisconsin; also blocked a field goal in the second quarter . . . had two tackles and a pass break-up in the win over Michigan . . . recorded his first career interception on an acrobatic catch in the second quarter at Ohio State; also had four tackles against the Buckeyes . . . had two tackles and a pass break-up at Notre Dame . . . tallied six tackles and 21 production points in the season opener against Youngstown State.
2010 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman appeared in six games, including two starts at cornerback (vs. Illinois and Northwestern) . . . did not play the last five games of the season (knee injury) . . . produced 11 tackles (8 solos, 3 assists), including 2.0 for losses (4 yards) . . . moved into the starting lineup while Chris L. Rucker served a two-game suspension . . . recorded four solo stops, including a 2-yard sack, at Northwestern . . . earned his first career start vs. Illinois and responded by posting a season-best five tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss . . . also forced and recovered a fumble in the third quarter against the Illini, as he chased down A.J. Jenkins after a 39-yard reception and stripped the ball out at the MSU 20 to preserve a 13-6 lead.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2009 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game in Columbus, Ga., and scored on a 48-yard reception in the third quarter . . . four-year starter for Coach Dexter Copeland at Twiggs County High School in Jeffersonville, Ga. . . . two-time Associated Press All-State selection at wide receiver . . . named to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Team as a defensive back in 2009 . . . Georgia Sports Writers Association honorable mention All-State pick at defensive back as a senior . . . All-Middle Georgia selection as a kick returner in 2009 . . . had 40 catches for 502 yards (12.6 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a senior while helping the 11-2 Cobras advance to the state quarterfinals . . . recorded 50 tackles and nine interceptions in 2009, returning two for TDs . . . also averaged 27.2 yards on punt returns, including two scores . . . named to the Preseason 2009 Class A Super 11 Team as compiled by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia High School Football Daily . . . earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution and GSWA All-State honors as a wide receiver in 2008 . . . led Middle Georgia in receptions (61), receiving yards (923) and TD catches (17) as a junior . . . had a career-best 18 catches for 255 yards vs. Wilkinson County . . . caught seven passes for 118 yards vs. Wilcox County . . . also lettered in basketball and track and field . . . son of Lisa Curry . . . born Oct. 10, 1991 . . . majoring in communication.
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