All-American Darqueze Dennard voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Spartans recognized for winning the 100th Rose Bowl Game.
Fifth-year senior records two interceptions in season-opening win over Western Michigan.
Spring game set for Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner had 58 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 29 career games, including seven starts.
2013 SEASON (SENIOR): Saw action in the first four games and collected 12 tackles and two interceptions . . . suffered a knee injury (MCL) at No. 22 Notre Dame and missed the remainder of the season; was not eligible for a medical redshirt year . . . started at No. 22 Notre Dame in his first career start at linebacker before suffering an injury . . . led team with seven tackles, including a 2-yard loss, against Youngstown State . . . recorded the first two interceptions of his career in the season opener vs. Western Michigan; following his first interception in the first quarter, he lateraled the ball to Kurtis Drummond, who ran it in 21 yards for the touchdown . . . also picked off a pass in the third quarter that led to a Spartan field goal . . . made the transition from safety to Star linebacker (weakside) during spring practice.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in seven games . . . started the first six games at free safety . . . collected 18 tackles . . . did not see action the last six games of the regular season due to an injury . . . returned to action for the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . collected four tackles and forced a fumble vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . good all-around game against Eastern Michigan with three tackles, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry . . . tallied a career-high six tackles in his first career start against No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Tore his Achilles in the second-to-last spring practice and missed the first eight games of the season . . . had 13 tackles in six games of action . . . tied his career high with five tackles vs. Indiana . . . had three stops at Iowa and forced a fumble at the MSU 8-yard line with 2:53 remaining in the game, which sealed the Spartans' first victory at Iowa since 1989 . . . returned to action for the Minnesota game.
2010 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in 12 games in 2010, primarily on special teams . . . also saw action at strong safety as a backup to Marcus Hyde . . . registered 15 tackles (9 solos, 6 assists) . . . made three stops, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard), vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl . . . compiled two tackles each vs. Western Michigan and Penn State . . . recorded a season-best five tackles (3 solos, 2 assists) vs. Northern Colorado . . .
2009 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top safeties by Scouts, Inc. (No. 37) and Scout.com (No. 83) . . . rated among the country's top athletes by Rivals.com (No. 73) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Dixie Team . . . listed among Florida's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 81) . . . three-year starter for Coach David Mitchell at Wharton High School in Tampa, Fla. . . . Class 5A first-team all-state selection in 2008 . . . first-team All-Hillsborough County pick by The Tampa Tribune as a senior . . . represented the East Team in the 2008 Hillsborough County All-Star Game . . . two-time first-team All-Western Conference selection . . . led the county with 188 tackles (124 solos, 64 assists) as a senior . . . also led the Wildcats with four interceptions and four blocked kicks (three fields goals and a punt) in 2008 . . . recorded double-figure tackles in all 12 games as a senior, including a season-high 20 stops vs. Riverview . . . made 19 tackles each vs. Alonso, Mitchell and Armwood . . . accounted for 1,636 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008 . . . had 46 receptions for 842 yards (18.3 avg.) and 12 TDs as a senior . . . posted four 100-yard receiving games in 2008, including the last three contests . . . caught six passes for 153 yards and two scores vs. Chamberlain . . . had six catches for 113 yards each vs. Alonso (2 TDs) and Middleton (TD) . . . had a career-best seven receptions for 138 yards vs. Gaither . . . rushed 16 times for 127 yards (7.9 avg.) and six TDs as a senior . . . played a solid all-around game in a 28-21 victory over Wesley Chapel in 2008, registering 14 tackles, two fourth quarter interceptions and scoring twice (TD reception and run) . . . scored four TDs each vs. Alonso and Plant City . . . returned 20 punts for 298 yards (14.9 avg.) and 11 kickoffs for 284 yards (25.8 avg.) as a senior . . . earned third-team all-state and second-team All-Hillsborough County honors as a junior after recording 89 tackles (56 solos, 33 assists) and an interception . . . produced 1,070 all-purpose yards and five TDs in 2007 . . . rushed for 332 yards and three TDs on 60 carries as a junior despite being slowed by a shoulder injury . . . had 14 catches for 300 yards (21.4 avg.) and two scores in 2007 . . . third-team all-state choice as a sophomore . . . burst onto the prep scene with a 71-yard punt return for a TD and a 64-yard interception return for another score vs. Wesley Chapel in 2006 . . . son of James Jones and Sheilia Perry-Jones . . . father James played fullback for the National Football League's Detroit Lions (1983-88) . . . born June 6, 1990 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human capital and society.
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