With a win over the Buckeyes, Michigan State can book its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1988.
Jim Thorpe Award presented to the nation's best defensive back.
Spring game set for Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State vs. Ohio State
USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 11/30/13
USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Northwestern - 11/23/13
Michigan @ Michigan State
Michigan State @ Illinois
CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year player is in his third year as the starting strong safety . . . has 210 tackles and 25 passes defended (eight interceptions, 17 pass break-ups) in 51 career games, including 38 starts . . . his 158 interception return yards rank 10th most in MSU history.
2013 NOTES: First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches . . . honorable mention pick by the media . . . has 41 tackles in 11 games, including 10 starts . . . ranks tied for second on the team with nine passes defended (two interceptions, seven pass break-ups) . . . ranks eighth on the defense with 116 production points . . . collected six stops and broke up a pass on Senior Day in win against Minnesota . . . good all-around game in win at Nebraska with a fumble recovery, two tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry to compile 18 production points . . . recorded four tackles, including a half tackle for loss (3 yards), and broke up a pass in win over No. 23 Michigan . . . picked off a pass on the final play of the first half and had four tackles at Illinois . . . collected five tackles, an interception and a pass break-up vs. Purdue . . . tallied four tackles and a pass break-up vs. Indiana . . . posted three tackles and a pass break-up at Iowa . . . saw limited time at No. 22 Notre Dame due to a knee injury . . . had his streak of 29 consecutive starts snapped vs. Youngstown State, as he sat out Week 3 with a knee injury . . . collected seven tackles vs. South Florida . . . tallied four tackles and a pass break-up vs. Western Michigan.
PRESEASON NOTES: Named to watch lists for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) and the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy . . . preseason fourth-team All-America selection by Athlon Sports . . . rated among the nation's top NFL Draft prospects in the Class of 2014 (No. 5 strong safety) by CBSSports.com . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview and Athlon Sports and third-team pick by Lindy's.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . ranked second on the team and tied for 30th in the Big Ten with a career-high 80 tackles . . . had eight passes defended (two interceptions, six pass break-ups) . . . led team with six tackles on special teams, all on kick return coverage . . . returned an interception 29 yards and tallied four tackles in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU . . . collected four tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and broke up a pass at Minnesota . . . posted nine tackles against Northwestern . . . had eight stops vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . produced seven tackles and a pass break-up in overtime win at Wisconsin . . . recorded eight tackles and a pass break-up at No. 23 Michigan . . . tallied six stops vs. Iowa . . . collected 10 stops and broke up a pass against No. 14 Ohio State (career-best 26 production points) . . . tied his career high with 12 tackles vs. Eastern Michigan . . . returned an interception 40 yards and had three tackles at Central Michigan . . . registered three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and a pass break-up vs. No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . named to Yahoo! Sports All-Big Ten first team . . . selected to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (second team) . . . recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Underclass Back Award for defense . . . started all 14 games at strong safety . . . tied for second in the Big Ten and 22nd in the NCAA FBS with four interceptions . . . was one of 13 players in the FBS to return two interceptions for touchdowns (37-yarder vs. Central Michigan, 39-yarder vs. Michigan) . . . ranked fourth on the team with 74 tackles (5.3 avg.), including 2.5 for losses (5 yards) . . . finished second on the team with seven passes defended (4 INTs, 3 PBUs) . . . his 154 production points ranked sixth on the team . . . had five tackles at Northwestern . . . compiled four stops and a pass break-up against Indiana . . . registered five tackles and a pass break-up in victory at Iowa (season-high 22 production points) . . . recorded a career-high 12 tackles and broke up a pass against Minnesota . . . had six stops at No. 13 Nebraska . . . compiled six tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, and had an interception in the victory over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . sealed the win over Michigan with a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter; also had six tackles and a quarterback hurry against the Wolverines . . . recorded eight tackles in MSU's 10-7 victory at Ohio State . . . ran an interception back 37 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter vs. Central Michigan; also had three tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, against the Chippewas . . . registered nine tackles at Notre Dame, including a half tackle for loss . . . recorded his first career interception and returned it 13 yards in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State; also had three tackles against the Penguins.
2010 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Named to Rivals.com's Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . true freshman appeared in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, and recorded 15 tackles (6 solos, 9 assists) . . . also saw action behind Trenton Robinson at free safety . . . made two tackles each vs. Notre Dame, No. 18 Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue and Penn State . . . credited with two tackles and a pass breakup at No. 18 Iowa . . . earned his first career start (at free safety) in the 2010 season opener vs. Western Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Invited to play in the 2010 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the country's top defensive backs by Athlon Sports (No. 33) and Phil Steele (No. 57) . . . listed among the nation's top safeties by Rivals.com (No. 19), Scout.com (No. 20) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 61) . . . rated among the country's top free safeties by Max Emfinger (No. 20) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 16) and SuperPrep (No. 46) . . . rated among Indiana's top seniors by Scout.com (No. 4) and Rivals.com (No. 5) . . . three-year starter for Coach Mike Kirschner at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . Associated Press Class 5A All-State selection as a senior . . . finished second on the team in tackles with 43 (35 solos, 8 assists) in 2009, including nine for losses (36 yards), despite missing two games with a knee injury . . . also intercepted two passes and forced six fumbles as a senior . . . returned five punts for 102 yards (20.4 avg.) in 2009 . . . recorded a season-high 12 tackles vs. Center Grove, including 10 solo hits . . . made five stops vs. Terre Haute South, with two resulting in losses including a 19-yard sack . . . returned two punts for 78 yards vs. Terre Haute North, including a 52-yarder . . . posted nine tackles vs. Warren Central, including three for losses . . . registered six stops and an interception vs. North Central . . . scored on a 61-yard run and came up with an interception in the 2009 season opener vs. South Bend St. Joseph's . . . produced 136 tackles, including 7.5 sacks, and three interceptions as a junior . . . his 246 career tackles rank No. 7 on the Giants' all-time list . . . also lettered as an outfielder and pitcher for the Ben Davis baseball team . . . hit .375 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 2009 . . . son of Lorenzo and JoAnn Lewis . . . born Oct. 30, 1991 . . . majoring in psychology.
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