All-American Darqueze Dennard voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
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CAREER NOTES: First Spartan to earn back-to-back consensus first-team All-America honors (2009-10) since Bubba Smith and George Webster in 1965-66 . . . only the fourth two-time consensus first-team All-American in program history (Smith, Webster, Lorenzo White: 1985 and 1987) . . . one of only two Spartans to earn first-team AP All-American honors twice (Webster) . . . just the seventh Spartan to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors three times . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss (second with 46.5), tackles (third with 465) and sacks (tied for sixth with 16.5) . . . led the team or tied for team lead in tackles in 31 of his last 39 games . . . started 46 of 52 career games, including 40 consecutive starts . . . produced double-figure tackle games 20 times in his career . . . led the team in tackles four straight years, becoming only the second Spartan to accomplish that feat.
2010 SEASON (SENIOR): One of 10 players in the nation to earn unanimous first-team All-American honors (The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of American and the Sporting News) . . . was the only repeat selection from the 2009 team to the 2010 AFCA and AP All-America Teams . . . also garnered first-team All-America accolades by SI.com, Phil Steele, CBSSports.com and Scout.com . . . named to the All-Big Ten first team for the third straight year . . . earned the Governor's Award (Team MVP) . . . led the team and ranked seventh in the Big Ten in tackles (8.2 pg; 106 total) . . . tied for team lead team with 10.0 tackles for loss (20 yards) . . . tied for second in Big Ten with three forced fumbles . . . named one of 16 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award and one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award . . . also named one of 23 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, which is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year . . . in his final collegiate game, led team with two tackles for loss (2 yards) and tied for team lead with eight tackles in the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Alabama . . . playing in his last game at Spartan Stadium on Senior Day, compiled eight tackles and a pass break-up in comeback win over Purdue; named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week for his effort against the Boilermakers . . . recorded nine tackles for the third straight game, including 2.5 for losses (3 yards), against Minnesota . . . tied for team lead with nine tackles at Northwestern and at No. 18 Iowa . . . named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and also the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording a season-high 14 tackles and a pass break-up against Illinois . . . tallied five tackles in victory at No. 18 Michigan . . . recorded three tackles for loss (7 yards) and tied for team lead with eight tackles in win over No. 11 Wisconsin; named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week and also honorable mention National Linebacker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his effort against the Badgers . . . named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording two interceptions, the first of his career, along with four tackles and a forced fumble against Northern Colorado . . . recorded nine tackles, including a 6-yard sack, in overtime win vs. Notre Dame . . . tied for team lead with 11 tackles vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field; in addition, forced a fumble and collected a 2-yard tackle for loss . . . led team with nine tackles in season opener against Western Michigan; also forced a fumble and recorded a pass break-up . . . named the 2010 Big Ten Preseason Defensive Player of the Year . . . entering the season, was named the top player in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . described by Spartan defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi as "a tackling machine who is the heart and soul of the Michigan State defensive unit" . . . MSU linebackers coach Mike Tressel says: "Greg Jones is passionate about the game, and when he's on the field, nothing is going to stop him from getting to the football."
2009 SEASON (JUNIOR): Consensus All-American earned first-team honors from The Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com, CBSSports.com and Phil Steele . . . named Walter Camp (second-team) and Sporting News (third-team) All-American . . . presented the 2009 Linebacker Trophy (National Linebacker of the Year) by the College Football Performance Awards . . . recognized as the nation's No. 1 linebacker and the Big Ten's best player by CollegeFootballNews.com . . . named one of 16 semifinalists for the Butkus (top linebacker) and Bednarik Awards (top defensive player) . . . selected one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy (defensive impact player of the year) . . . selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the league's media panel . . . became the first Spartan to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors since the inception of the award in 1982 . . . also named Big Ten Defensive MVP by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg . . . ranked No. 5 in the Big Ten postseason player rankings according to Rittenberg . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media . . . led the Big Ten and ranked third in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with 154 tackles, the seventh-best single-season total in MSU history . . . became the first Spartan to record back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since 2003-04 when both linebacker Ronald Stanley and free safety Jason Harmon reached the milestone . . . ranked third in the NCAA FBS in tackles per game (11.8), tied for 30th in sacks (0.69 per game) and tied for 51st in tackles for loss (1.08 per game) . . . also finished among the Big Ten leaders in sacks (fifth) and tackles for loss (10th) . . . led the team in tackles (154 total), tackles for loss (14.0 for 69 yards), sacks (9.0 for 53 yards) and production points (282) . . . reached double-figure tackles for the ninth time in MSU's 41-31 loss to Texas Tech in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl . . . his 13 tackles against the Red Raiders fell just one stop shy of the Alamo Bowl record . . . compiled a season-high 35 production points vs. No. 13 Penn State while matching his career high with 15 tackles . . . recorded 2.5 tackles for loss (11 yards) against the Nittany Lions, including 1.5 sacks (6 yards) . . . also posted double-digit tackles against Montana State (14), Central Michigan (career-high 15), Wisconsin (14), Illinois (11), Northwestern (14), Iowa (12) and Minnesota (12) and Penn State (career-high 15) . . . credited with nine stops at Purdue . . . tallied eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks (13 yards), and forced a fumble vs. Western Michigan . . . produced a career-best two sacks (9 yards) in MSU's 24-14 Homecoming victory over Northwestern . . . registered a 6-yard sack and two quarterback hurries at Illinois . . . collected eight tackles, including a half sack for 6 yards, and returned a fumble 15 yards in the fourth quarter vs. Michigan . . . made nine stops at Notre Dame, ending his streak of consecutive games with double-figure tackles at nine . . . averaged 12.8 tackles during that nine-game stretch, and it marked the longest streak by a Spartan since Chuck Bullough produced double-digit tackles in 15 straight games in 1990-91.
2008 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): First-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's head coaches and second-team pick by the media . . . first Spartan linebacker to earn All-Big Ten first-team honors since Josh Thornhill in 2001 . . . named to CollegeFootballNews.com's All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . presented MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award . . . started all 13 games (eight at SAM linebacker and five at middle linebacker) . . . led the team in tackles for the second straight season with 127 (80 solos, 47 assists) . . . his 127 tackles were the most by a Spartan since Thornhill had 128 in 2001 and tied for 18th most on MSU's single-season chart . . . led the team in tackles in 11 of 13 games, becoming the first Spartan to record 100 tackles in a season since Eric Smith (101) in 2005 . . . ranked third in the Big Ten and 17th nationally in tackles, averaging 9.8 per game . . . led the Big Ten in tackles (89) in conference games, averaging 11.1 per game . . . also led the Spartans in tackles for loss (14 for 38 yards) and production points (299) . . . produced double-figure tackles in each of the last seven games, becoming the first Spartan to record double-digit tackles in seven straight games since Thomas Wright in 2002 . . . posted double-figure tackles against Northwestern (11), Ohio State (13), Michigan (10), Wisconsin (13), Purdue (12), Penn State (career high 15) and Georgia (12) . . . set career highs for tackles, tackles for loss (3.5 for 9 yards) and production points (47) against the Nittany Lions . . . selected Spartan Defensive Player of the Week vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin . . . compiled 35 production points against the 12th-ranked Buckeyes, including 2.5 tackles for loss (8 yards) . . . recorded 27 tackles in two career games against Ohio State . . . made nine solo stops at Indiana . . . totaled nine tackles vs. Notre Dame, including one for a loss . . . had a team-best eight tackles in season opener at California, including two for losses (6 yards).
2007 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Named first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com . . . led the team with 78 tackles in 2007, becoming the first true freshman to lead the Spartans in tackles since Dan Bass made 111 stops in 1976 . . . also ranked first among Big Ten freshmen with 78 stops, including 40 solos and 38 assists . . . ranked third on the team in sacks (4.5 for 25 yards) and fourth in tackles for loss (8.5 for 33) . . . appeared in all 13 games, including seven starts at SAM linebacker . . . averaged 7.3 tackles per game as a starter . . . also averaged a team-leading 6.5 tackles per game in Big Ten play . . . led the Spartan special teams in tackles with 12 - all coming on kickoff coverage . . . tied for team lead with five tackles against Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl, including a 10-yard sack of Eagle quarterback Matt Ryan that resulted in a forced fumble . . . recorded double-figure tackles in back-to-back games against top-ranked Ohio State (season-high 14 stops) and Iowa (11) . . . in his first career start, collected eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for losses vs. Northwestern . . . registered five tackles vs. Pittsburgh, with two resulting in losses (6 yards) including a 3-yard sack . . . compiled six tackles vs. Bowling Green . . . made seven stops in his collegiate debut vs. UAB, including a 6-yard sack.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the country's top strong-side linebackers by Scouts.com (No. 24) . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 36) . . . also listed among the country's top defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. (No. 97) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top 50 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 16) and Scout.com (No. 26) . . . earned special mention on the all-state team in 2006 . . . firstteam all-district and all-city pick as a senior . . . two-time All-Greater Catholic League selection for Coach Bob Crable at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . led the Crusaders in tackles as a senior, with 71 (35 solos, 36 assists). . . recorded 23 tackles for losses (110 yards) in 2006, including 11.5 sacks (78) . . . posted a career-best five sacks vs. Elder . . . also produced five tackles for losses vs. LaSalle . . . finished fourth on the team in tackles as a junior, with 55 (29 solos, 26 assists) . . . registered 13 tackles for losses (44 yards) in 2005, including three sacks (16) . . . son of Greg and Beverly Jones . . . born Oct. 5, 1988 . . . majoring in media arts.
INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2007................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2008................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2009................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2010................ 13 2 36 0 34 18.0 2.8 TOTAL............... 52 2 36 0 34 18.0 0.7
TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2007................ 13 40 38 78 8.5-33 2 1 0 0 2008................ 13 80 47 127 14.0-38 1 0 0 0 2009................ 13 67 87 154 14.0-69 1 1 1 0 2010................ 13 49 57 106 10.0-20 5 3 0 0 TOTAL............... 52 236 229 465 46.5-160 9 5 1 0
SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2007................ 13 4 1 4.5 25 2008................ 13 2 0 2.0 9 2009................ 13 7 4 9.0 53 2010................ 13 1 0 1.0 6 TOTAL............... 52 14 5 16.5 93