No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
Michigan State vs. Idaho - September 2, 2006 (photos by John Gwillim)
2008 HONORS & ACCOLADES:
AS A SENIOR: Explosive runner provided home-run threat in the offensive backfield...named one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award...first Spartan to earn first-team Associated Press All-America honors since 2004 and first Spartan running back to earn first-team AP accolades since Lorenzo White in 1985...named to the Walter Camp All-America Team and was the first Spartan running back to be named to the team since Lorenzo White in 1987...also named All-American by the Sporting News (second team) and Phil Steele (third team)...consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media)...recipient of the Governor's Award, given to the team's most valuable player...one of 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award (Player of the Year) and the Walter Camp Player of the Year...rushed for 4,398 career yards, which is second all-time in the MSU record books and 10th in Big Ten history...his 843 carries are also second most in school history...MSU's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 5,426...became just the third player in school history, joining Devin Thomas and Lorenzo White, to collect more than 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season (2,051)...voted one of four captains by his teammates...described as a "complete back" by running backs coach Dan Enos...led the nation in scoring (10.15 points per game) and tied for first nationally with 22 touchdowns...also ranked fourth in rushing (125.9 ypg.) and 15th in all-purpose yards (157.8 ypg.)...led the Big Ten in touchdowns, scoring and all-purpose yards...his 1,637 yards as a senior rank as the second-highest single-season total in school history...accounted for 97 percent of MSU's rushing yards (1,637 of 1,692) and 76 percent of its rushing attempts (390 of 511)...his 22 touchdowns and 132 points both established school single-season records...became the first Spartan back since T.J. Duckett (2000-01) to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons...workhorse led the nation with 390 carries, 23 more than anyone else in the FBS...that mark was also second most in an MSU season and Big Ten history...averaged 30.0 carries a game...recorded 34 or more carries in six games...had four of the six highest single-game carry totals in the FBS in 2008 (44, 43, 39, 37)...his 44 carries vs. Indiana was the most by any FBS player in 2008...recorded eight multi-TD games and seven 100-yard games as a senior...his 34 career rushing TDs tied for fourth most in school history...over a four-game stretch (Florida Atlantic through Indiana), he carried the ball 160 times for 816 yards, ranking first and fifth, respectively, in MSU history over a four-game period...became the first Spartan to rush for 200 yards in back-to-back games (Florida Atlantic: 282 yards; Notre Dame: 201 yards)...was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three straight weeks (Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22), becoming the first offensive player in conference history to do so...named a first-team Midseason All-American by Sporting News Today, SI.com, CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com and Phil Steele...led MSU in rushing four straight seasons, becoming only the second player in program history to do so and the first since Lorenzo White...had 19 career 100-yard games (seven in 2008), which is second in MSU history (record: Lorenzo White, 23)...also had three career 200-yard rushing games...recorded at least 200 all-purpose yards in six games in 2008...recorded 200 all-purpose yards in the season opener at California, including a career-best 102 on kickoff returns to go along with 81 on the ground...named Big Ten Tri-Player of the Week after scoring a career-high five touchdowns vs. Eastern Michigan, all on the ground, representing the second-best single-game total in school history (record: 6 by Blake Ezor, 1989 vs. Northwestern)...rushed for 135 yards on a career-high 34 carries against the Eagles...named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row and for the third time in his career after rushing for a career-high 282 yards - the fourth-best single-game performance in MSU history - and two touchdowns on 43 carries (6.6 avg.) vs. Florida Atlantic...also compiled 309 all-purpose yards against the Owls, the second most in school history...named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the third straight week - a conference first - after rushing for 201 yards on 39 carries (5.2 avg.) and two touchdowns against Notre Dame...became the first Spartan back to record back-to-back 200-yard rushing games...the 201 yards were the most ever by a Spartan against the Fighting Irish (previous best: 157 by Dennis Mendyk in 1956)...with MSU leading 16-7 late in the fourth quarter, Ringer carried the ball seven straight times, including a 63-yard rush and a 1-yard TD run, to give MSU a commanding 23-7 lead...nearly reached the 200-yard plateau for the third consecutive game at Indiana, finishing with 198 yards on a career-high 44 carries (4.5 avg.), tying for the fourth most carries in a single-game at MSU...eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in the seventh game of the season at Northwestern, becoming just the second Spartan running back to rush for 1,000 yards within the first seven games of the season (Lorenzo White-1985)...finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries against the Wildcats...rushed for 194 yards on 37 carries (5.2 avg.) at Michigan, the third-most rushing yards by a Spartan against the Wolverines...rattled off a season-long 64-yard TD run in the second quarter that put MSU up 14-7...also scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter that gave MSU a 28-21 lead...compiled 219 all-purpose yards in the game...was slowed by a stomach virus vs. Wisconsin and was limited to 54 yards on 21 carries, but did score two touchdowns...ran for 121 yards, his seventh 100-yard game of the season, on 32 carries in his final home game at Spartan Stadium vs. Purdue on Senior Day...tied Jehuu Caulcrick's single-season school record for touchdowns with a 1-yard run at Penn State, giving him 21 for the season...scored a TD vs. Georgia in the Capital One Bowl, establishing MSU single-season records for touchdowns and points scored...rushed for 47 yards on 20 carries against the Bulldogs...AS A JUNIOR: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media in 2007 . . . earned team MVP honors after becoming Michigan State's first 1,000-yard rusher since T.J. Duckett (1,420 yards) in 2001. . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in rushing (No. 4 at 111.3 yards per game) and all-purpose yards (No. 5 at 134.0 ypg.) . . . was also listed among the NCAA leaders in both statistical categories: No. 20 in rushing and No. 48 in all-purpose yards . . . led the Spartans in rushing with 1,447 yards (245 carries for 5.9 avg.) - the fifth-best single-season total in school history . . . became the first running back to lead the Spartans in rushing for threestraight seasons since Sedrick Irvin (1996-98) . . . finished third in rushing in Big Ten games, averaging 118.4 yards per game . . averaged an impressive 6.6 yards per carry (143 rushes for 947 yards) in conference games . . . also ranked second on the team in receptions (35 for 295 yards) and all-purpose yards (1,742) . . . caught at least one pass in each of the 13 games last season . . . posted four straight 100-yard rushing games during one stretch last season - the longest streak by a Spartan running back since Blake Ezor hit the century mark in five consecutive games in 1989 . . . recorded his seventh 100- yard rushing game of the season and 12th of his career, gaining 101 yards on 21 carries against No. 14 Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . ran for 128 yards on 15 carries (8.5 avg.) against Michigan . . . broke loose for a 72-yard run on the last play of the third quarter against the Wolverines, the second-longest rush of his career, to set up a Spartan touchdown . . . rushed for 103 yards on 23 carries vs. Iowa . . . named Big Ten Player of the Week after rushing for a career-best 203 yards and two scores in MSU's 52- 27 Homecoming victory over Indiana . . . had 160 yards in the first half against the Hoosiers, marking the third-best first-half rushing performance in school history . . . accounted for a career-best 239 all-purpose yards vs. Northwestern, including 185 yards rushing on just 12 carries (15.4 avg.) . . . tied a career high with three TDs against the Wildcats, including a career-long 80-yard TD run in the fourth quarter . . . registered 145 yards rushing on only 10 carries (14.5 avg.) at Wisconsin . . . rushed for 144 yards on 26 carries at Notre Dame . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned the Biggie Munn Award as the team's most inspirational player . . . saw action in eights games, including five starts at running back (vs. Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Penn State) . . . led the Spartans in rushing (497 yards on 86 carries) for the second year in a row, despite missing four-plus games with a knee injury . . . ranked fourth in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in rushing through four games, averaging 108.0 yards per game . . . appeared to suffer a season-ending knee injury early in the second quarter vs. Illinois, but after four weeks of intensive rehabilitation, he returned to the lineup for the last three games . . . recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing games vs. Eastern Michigan (15 carries for 130 yards) and Pittsburgh (15 for 156) . . . carried 16 times for 70 yards vs. Idaho, including a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter . . . had 14 receptions for 96 yards (6.9 avg.) . . . caught at least one pass in six games . . . his first career TD reception came on a 26-yard pass from Matt Trannon in the first quarter vs. Notre Dame . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America status from The Sporting News . . . named to The Sporting News Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . paced the ground game with 817 yards (122 carries) - the second-best single-season rushing total by a true freshman in Spartan history . . . finished eighth in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 74.3 yards per game . . . averaged an impressive 6.7 yards per carry and scored five TDs . . . recorded three 100- yard rushing games in 2005, including back-to-back efforts vs. Northwestern (18 carries for 104 yards) and Indiana (11 for 109) . . . became the first Spartan true freshman to produce consecutive 100-yard games since Sedrick Irvin in 1996 . . . scored on a 45-yard run in the third quarter vs. Indiana . . . rushed for a Spartan-freshman record 194 yards on 13 carries vs. Illinois, including a 59-yard gallop in the third quarter that set up Drew Stanton's school-record fifth TD pass . . . carried 10 times for 80 yards vs. Hawaii and scored on runs of 8, 41 and 15 yards . . . had 12 rushes for 69 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Kent State, including a 2-yard TD run . . . compiled 68 production points on special teams . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep All-American . . . rated among the nation's top running backs by Rivals.com (No. 18), SuperPrep (No. 29) and Collegefootballnews.com (No. 31) . . . listed among the country's top 10 all-purpose backs by Max Emfinger (No. 4) . . . named to SuperPrep's, Prep Football Report's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 18), SuperPrep (No. 25) and Prep Football Report (No. 37) . . . rated among Ohio's top 15 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 13) . . . three-year starter for Coach Jim Place at Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio . . . three-time All-Ohio selection finished fourth in voting for Mr. Football in 2004 . . . rushed for 1,790 yards and 21 touchdowns in seven games as a senior . . . sidelined for the last six games of the 2004 season with a knee injury . . . had a career-best 372 rushing yards vs. Purcell Marian and scored five TDs . . . gained 2,356 yards and scored 30 rushing TDs as a junior . . . had 307 rushing yards vs. McNicholas in 2003, including TD runs of 12, 65 and 41 yards . . . picked up 2,038 yards and scored 30 rushing TDs as a sophomore . . . rushed for 251 yards and four TDs to lead the Eagles to a 41-26 victory over Nordonia in the 2002 Division II state championship game . . . his prep career totals (33 games) include 6,184 rushing yards and 81 TDs . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan nose guard Brandon McKinney . . . had a personal best 10.6 in the 100 meters . . . owns a black belt in karate . . . son of Bishop Eugene and Darlene Ringer . . . born Feb. 2, 1987 . . . majoring in sociology.
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