April 24, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio announced on Tuesday that Super Bowl Champions Greg Jones and Devin Thomas will serve as the honorary captains for Saturday's Green-White Spring Game.
Jones and Thomas helped the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots, 21-17, playing on special teams as the Giants claimed their fourth Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
In his first season in the NFL following back-to-back All-America campaigns as a linebacker at Michigan State, Jones recorded 31 tackles (26 solo, five assists) for the Giants in 2011. He also compiled seven stops (six solo, one assist) in four postseason games.
Jones became the first Spartan to earn consensus All-America honors in consecutive seasons since defensive end Charles "Bubba" Smith and roverback George Webster in 1965-66. He also became Michigan State's ninth unanimous All-America selection and the first since wide receiver Charles Rogers in 2002.
Jones led the Spartans in tackles (106), tackles for loss (10 for 20 yards), forced fumbles (3), quarterback hurries (6) and production points (219) as a senior in 2010. He became the first Spartan to reach the 100-tackle milestone in three straight seasons since Percy Snow (1987-89).
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native started 46 of 52 career games, including 40 consecutive starting assignments. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, Jones made 465 career tackles, including 46.5 for losses (160 yards) and 16.5 sacks (93 yards). He ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss (second), total tackles (third) and sacks (sixth).
A second-round draft choice in 2008, Thomas played his fourth season in the NFL in 2011 and his second with the Giants. He led New York in kickoff returns in the regular season with 607 yards on 25 returns (24.3 avg.). Thomas also had three catches for 37 yards and five tackles (four solo, one assist). He made his biggest impact in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, recovering two fumbles on punt returns, including one in overtime that led to Lawrence Tynes' 31-yard game-winning field goal in the 20-17 victory.
Thomas set Spartan single-season records for receptions (79), 100-yard receiving games (7), kickoff return yards (1,135) and all-purpose yards (2,590) as a junior in 2007. He still holds the record for kickoff return yards and all-purpose yards, and his 79 catches are tied with B.J. Cunningham for most in a single-season at MSU.
His 1,135 kickoff return yards rank as the top single-season total in Big Ten history, and his 1,260 receiving yards represent the fourth-best single-season total in school history.
Thomas led the Big Ten in kickoff returns (29.1 avg.) and all-purpose yards (199.2 yards per game) in 2007 while ranking second in both receptions (6.08 rpg.) and receiving yards (96.9 ypg.). In addition, Thomas finished among the NCAA leaders in all four of those categories: No. 6 in all-purpose yards, No. 11 in kickoff returns, No. 15 in receiving yards and No. 34 (tied) in receptions.
Thomas signed a contract with the Chicago Bears this offseason.
Michigan State's Green-White intrasquad game on Saturday will begin at 1:06 p.m. EDT in Spartan Stadium. Parking is free (in Lots 79, 56, 39/40, 41; Ramps 2 and 5; Lot 62E has been reserved for disabled parking), and the stadium gates (Gates B, C, D and G) open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free.