EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State’s Donnie Corley has been named to the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) Freshman All-America Team. Corley, a true freshman who played wide receiver, cornerback and special teams, made the team as an all-purpose player.
Corley, who was also named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team by BTN.com and ESPN.com as a wide receiver, ranked second among Big Ten freshmen during the regular season in catches (33) and receiving yards (453), and was tied for first among Big Ten freshmen wide receivers in touchdown receptions with three.
Corley’s 453 receiving yards were the most by a true freshman in MSU history and his 33 catches were second most by a true freshman (B.J. Cunningham had 41 catches for 528 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2008; Sedrick Irvin had 40 catches as a true freshman in 1996).
Corley ranked third on the team in all-purpose yards with 496 (453 receiving, 44 rushing, -1 punt return).
The Detroit, Michigan, native also had five tackles while playing cornerback in four games.
Corley had at least four receptions in four games this season, including a season-high five for 73 yards against Northwestern on Oct. 15 that featured a 9-yard touchdown reception.
His breakout performance came in the win at No. 18 Notre Dame on Sept. 17 as he hauled in four receptions for a season-high 88 yards, including a leaping 38-yard TD catch in the second quarter. He also had four catches against No. 11 Wisconsin (84 yards) and Indiana (35 yards).
Corley had seven plays of 20-plus yards this season (six catches, one rush) and 24 of his 33 catches (73 percent) went for either a first down or touchdown. He had a season-long 47-yard reception in his first career start at Illinois on Nov. 5.
Corley is the 13th Spartan under head coach Mark Dantonio to be named a Freshman All-American (P Aaron Bates and LB Greg Jones in 2007; OG Joel Foreman in 2008; DT Jerel Worthy in 2009; OL Travis Jackson, DE Marcus Rush and P Mike Sadler in 2011; OL Jack Allen in 2012; OT Jack Conklin and PK Michael Geiger in 2013; OG Brian Allen and DL Malik McDowell in 2014).