Javon Ringer is in his first year as a recruiting intern for the Michigan State football program. Ringer was a four-year letterwinner at running back for the Spartans (2005-08) and spent his final two seasons in East Lansing playing for Mark Dantonio.
Ringer ranks first on MSU's all-time list in all-purpose yards (5,426), second in rushing yards (4,398) and fifth in rushing TDs (34; tied with Blake Ezor, 1986-89). The Dayton, Ohio, native had 19 career 100-yard rushing games and 11 career multi-TD games.
A former first-team All-America running back at Michigan State in 2008, Ringer rushed for 1,637 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns as a senior. He was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round (No. 173 overall) of the 2009 National Football League Draft. A Doak Walker Award finalist and first-team All-Big Ten selection, Ringer finished 10th in the final balloting for the Heisman Trophy.
The 5-foot-9, 205-pound Ringer led the nation in scoring (10.2 points per game) and rushing TDs (22) while ranking fourth in rushing (125.9 yards per game) and 15th in all-purpose yards (157.8 ypg.). He led the Big Ten in scoring and all-purpose yards and ranked second in rushing. His 1,637 yards rank as the second-highest single-season rushing total in school history. Ringer became the first Spartan to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since T.J. Duckett in 2000-01.
He led the Big Ten in rushing for nine consecutive weeks (Sept. 14-Nov. 9) before being overtaken by Iowa's Shonn Greene on the second-to-last weekend of the regular season. In fact, Ringer led the conference in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards during that nine-week stretch.
Ringer accounted for 97 percent of Michigan State's rushing yards (1,637 of 1,692) and 76 percent of its rushing attempts (390 of 511) in 2008.
He recorded seven 100-yard rushing games in 2008: Eastern Michigan (34 carries for 135 yards), Florida Atlantic (43 for 282), Notre Dame (39 for 201), Indiana (44 for 198), Northwestern (35 for 124), Michigan (37 for 194) and Purdue (32 for 121). Ringer had eight multi-TD games, including a career-best five scores vs. Eastern Michigan.
Ringer rushed 37 times for 194 yards and two scores in MSU's 35-21 victory at Michigan in 2008, as the Spartans snapped a six-game losing streak in the series and won in Michigan Stadium for the first time since 1990. His 194 rushing yards rank as the third-highest single-game total by a Spartan back in the MSU-Michigan series. He also became just the third back in Spartan history to eclipse the 4,000-yard career rushing milestone, joining Lorenzo White (1984-87) and Tico Duckett (1989-92).
He became the first offensive player in Big Ten history to earn Player of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks (vs. Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic and Notre Dame).
For the third week in a row, Ringer was selected Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after becoming the first Spartan back ever to record back-to-back 200-yard rushing games, gaining 201 yards on 39 carries in Michigan State's 23-7 victory over Notre Dame. His 201 rushing yards were the most ever by a Spartan against Notre Dame (previous high: 157 by Dennis Mendyk in 1956). He scored on a pair of 1-yard runs against the Irish. On MSU's final scoring drive, Ringer carried the ball seven straight times for 77 yards, including a 63-yard gain to set up his second TD run.
Despite playing in a downpour, Ringer carried 43 times for a career-high 282 yards and two scores in MSU's 17-0 victory over Florida Atlantic.
His five rushing TDs against Eastern Michigan represent the second-best single-game total in Spartan history, just one short of the school record held by Blake Ezor (six rushing TDs vs. Northwestern, 1989). Ringer accounted for 205 all-purpose yards against EMU (135 rushing, 8 receiving and 62 kickoff return yards).
Ringer spent four seasons (2009-12) in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans. He played in 37 career games, rushing for 486 yards and three touchdowns on 120 carries.