2013 Spartan Football Awards Banquet Recap
 
 
 
Darqueze Dennard was named the Most Valuable Player at the Spartan Football Awards Banquet Sunday at the Kellogg Center.
 
Darqueze Dennard was named the Most Valuable Player at the Spartan Football Awards Banquet Sunday at the Kellogg Center.
 
 

April 27, 2014

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Consensus All-American cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who became the first Spartan to win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back, has been selected Most Valuable Player (Governor's Award recipient) by his teammates at the annual Spartan Football Awards Banquet held Sunday, April 27 before a crowd in excess of 800 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Here is the complete list of hardware presented at the 2013 Spartan Football Awards Banquet:

Governor's Award (Most Valuable Player): Cornerback Darqueze Dennard
First Spartan to win the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best defensive back . . . first Spartan cornerback to be named a unanimous first-team All-American (Walter Camp, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, ESPN.com, USA TODAY, CBSSports.com, Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Lindy's) . . . named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player); first Spartan to be named a finalist for the award . . . named winner of the 2013 Jack Tatum Award, presented to college football's best defensive back by The Touchdown Club of Columbus . . . named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year (named for Ohio State's Jack Tatum and Purdue's Rod Woodson) . . . unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches; also a first-team pick by the media . . . also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from ESPN.com, Sporting News, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports . . . ranked No. 3 defensive player in the FBS by CBSSports.com . . . named Big Ten Defensive MVP by ESPN.com and CollegeFootballNews.com . . . led team and ranked tied for sixth in the Big Ten with 14 passes defended (four interceptions, 10 pass break-ups) . . . led team in both interceptions (4) and pass break-ups (10) . . . tied for third in the Big Ten with four picks . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 62 tackles, including 3.5 for loss (8 yards) . . . named to ESPN.com's Big Ten All-Bowl Team after helping the Spartan defense limit No. 5 Stanford to its third-lowest offensive output of the season in the 24-20 victory over the Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl Game; the Cardinal threw for just 143 yards, their second-lowest total of the season . . . produced three stops, including a 2-yard tackle for loss, against Stanford . . . had three tackles, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble to compile 21 production points in MSU's win over No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . tied a career high with nine tackles and broke up a pass on Senior Day against Minnesota . . . recorded a career-best nine tackles and an interception in Michigan State's 30-6 victory at Northwestern, as the Spartans claimed the Big Ten Legends Division title for the second time in three seasons . . . had a productive all-around game in win over No. 23 Michigan, recording an interception, a forced fumble and four tackles . . . tallied seven stops, including a half tackle for loss, in win over Purdue . . . registered five tackles, a pass break-up and a QB hurry vs. Indiana . . . named Big Ten Player of the Week after tying his career high with two interceptions and recording eight tackles at Iowa . . . credited with two tackles, including a 1-yard loss, to go along with a QB hurry and a pass break-up at No. 22 Notre Dame; recorded a season-high 47 production points against the Irish, the most in a single game by a Spartan defensive player this season . . . posted five stops, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), and had two pass break-ups vs. South Florida . . . tied his career high with three pass break-ups in the season opener against Western Michigan . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner was a three-year starter at cornerback . . . two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (2012, 2013) . . . totaled 167 tackles and 30 passes defended (10 interceptions, 20 pass break-ups) in 44 career games, including 40 starts (29 consecutive to close out career) . . . ranks tied for 11th in MSU history with 10 interceptions.

 

 

Downtown Coaches Club Award - Outstanding Senior Offense: Wide receiver Bennie Fowler
Led team in receiving yards (622) and touchdown receptions (6) . . . ranked third on the team with 36 receptions . . . ranked second on the team with 10 catches of 20-plus yards . . . ranked tied for 10th in the Big Ten with six TD catches . . . 26 of his 36 catches (.722) resulted in either a first down or touchdown . . . led team with 97 receiving yards on just two catches in MSU's 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game; his 37-yard reception late in the second quarter to the Cardinal 3-yard line set up the Spartans' second touchdown of the game . . . on the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter, broke several tackles and raced 60 yards to the Stanford 15-yard line, which set up Michael Geiger's 31-yard field goal that tied the game at 17 . . . had two catches for 99 yards at Northwestern, including an 87-yard TD reception from Connor Cook in the second quarter that tied for the fourth-longest reception in MSU history . . . led team with six catches for 75 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception, in win over No. 23 Michigan . . . had two catches for 40 yards at Illinois, including a 29-yard TD reception from Cook . . . had a 34-yard TD reception against Indiana, with 30 yards coming after the catch . . . hauled in a career-high nine catches for 92 yards, including a 37-yard TD from Cook, at Iowa . . . had two catches for 39 yards vs. Youngstown State, including a 17-yard TD reception; also had a 17-yard rush against the Penguins . . . hauled in three catches for 34 yards, including a team-high 26-yard reception, in the season opener vs. Western Michigan . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner had 93 receptions for 1,341 yards (14.4 avg.) in 44 career games, including 15 starts . . . closed his career tied for 16th in MSU history with 11 touchdown receptions . . . also had 16 rushes for 102 yards (6.4 avg.) and one TD . . . finished career with 1,779 all-purpose yards (1,341 receiving; 336 kick return; 102 rushing).

Downtown Coaches Club Award - Outstanding Senior Defense

Linebacker Denicos Allen
Named All-American by SI.com (second team) and Associated Press (third team) . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media . . . also garnered All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com (second team) and Athlon Sports (second team) . . . led team in tackles (98) and tackles for loss (16.5) . . . his 98 tackles represented a career high . . . also led the team in production points (335) . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss (fifth with 16.5; 1.18 per game), sacks (15th with 5.5; 0.39 per game) and tackles (tied for 15th with 98; .7.0 per game) . . . his 16.5 TFLs were seventh most in an MSU single-season and also tied for 24th most in the FBS in 2013 . . . also had 15 QB hits, 10 quarterback hurries and a pass break-up . . . ranked No. 17 in the ESPN.com Big Ten postseason player rankings . . . named to the SI.com All-Bowl Team, NFL.com All-Bowl Team, and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after collecting seven tackles (six solos), including 1.5 for losses (3 yards), in the Rose Bowl Game win over No. 5 Stanford . . . recorded eight tackles in the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 2 Ohio State . . . on fourth-and-2 from the MSU 39 midway through the fourth quarter and MSU leading 27-24, stopped Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller short of the first down for a 1-yard gain; MSU scored a touchdown on the ensuing series to seal the 34-24 victory and the Big Ten Championship . . . tied his career high with 13 tackles, including two for losses (7 yards) and a half sack (4 yards), and had three QB hurries on Senior Day in the win over Minnesota . . . named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, CBSSports.com National Co-Defensive Player of the Week, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording a team-best nine tackles, including three for losses (20 yards) with two sacks (18 yards), in the win over No. 23 Michigan; compiled 31 production points against the Wolverines . . . tallied 2.5 tackles for loss (9 yards), including an 8-yard sack, and had five stops overall at Illinois while compiling 21 production points . . . scored his first career touchdown in the win over Purdue, returning a fumble 45 yards for a TD in the second quarter; also collected eight tackles against the Boilermakers; recorded a career-high 39 production points vs. Purdue . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner was a three-year starter at Sam linebacker . . . finished his career with 278 tackles, including 46 for losses (198 yards), in 54 career games . . . closed his career starting 40 consecutive games . . . finished his career ranked third in MSU history in tackles for loss (46) and sixth in sacks (19.5) . . . the 198 yards from his tackles for losses rank fifth most in school history . . . was a three-time All-Big Ten selection (2013: second team, coaches and media; 2012: honorable mention, coaches and media; 2011: second team, media).

Linebacker Max Bullough
Earned All-America honors from Associated Press (third team) and Lindy's (third team) . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches for the second-straight year; also selected first-team All-Big Ten by the media . . . also an All-Big Ten honoree by ESPN.com (first team), Sporting News (first team) and Athlon Sports (first team) . . . elected captain by his teammates for the second-straight year; was just the third Spartan under Dantonio to be named a captain at least twice (Greg Jones, 2009-10; Kirk Cousins 2009-11) . . . ranked third on the team in tackles (76) and tackles for loss (9.5 for 26 yards) . . . ranked tied for second on the team with 10 quarterback hurries . . . named to 2013 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class and was one of 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, which is awarded to the NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Year . . . was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy . . . named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America First Team (3.56 GPA in finance) . . . finished No. 14 in ESPN.com's Big Ten postseason player rankings . . . named CBSSports.com National Co-Defensive Player of the Week after helping limit Michigan to a school-record low minus-48 yards rushing; tallied five tackles and had two QB hurries against the Wolverines. . . named Big Ten Player of the Week after recording a season-high 10 tackles, including two for losses and a 7-yard sack, vs. Purdue; forced a fumble on his sack of Boilermaker quarterback Danny Etling, which was returned for a touchdown by Denicos Allen . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner was a three-year starter at middle linebacker . . . two-time team captain . . . two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection (2012, 2013) . . . collected 299 career tackles in 53 games, including 40 starts . . . finished his career ranked 11th in MSU history in tackles for loss (30.5 for 103 yards) and 18th in tackles (299) . . . also had eight career sacks (51 yards), 11 passes defended (three interceptions, eight pass break-ups) and four forced fumbles . . . two-time Academic All-American (first team in 2013, second team in 2012).

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard

Safety Isaiah Lewis
First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches . . . honorable mention pick by the media . . . also garnered All-Big Ten accolades from Athlon Sports (first team) and ESPN.com (second team) . . . had 58 tackles in 13 games, including 12 starts . . . ranked tied for second on the team with 10 passes defended (two interceptions, eight pass break-ups) . . . recorded a career-high 13 tackles and had a pass break-up as MSU defeated No. 2 Ohio State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship Game; compiled 31 production points against the Buckeyes. . . 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 . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner was a three-year starting safety . . . collected 227 tackles and 26 passes defended (eight interceptions, 18 pass break-ups) in 53 career games, including 40 starts . . . his 158 interception return yards rank 10th most in MSU history.

Downtown Coaches Club Award - Outstanding Senior Special Teams: Kyler Elsworth
Appeared in all 14 games for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Spartans . . . collected 14 tackles . . . in his first career start, recorded a season-high four tackles, including 1.5 for losses (2 yards), and was named the Most Valuable Player on Defense in the 100th Rose Bowl Game as the Spartans defeated fifth-ranked Stanford, 24-20; his leaping stop on fourth-and-inches from the Cardinal 34-yard line with 1:46 remaining in the game sealed the victory for Michigan State . . . tied for team lead with nine tackles on special teams (six kick return, three punt return) . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner finished his career with 73 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (37 yards) and three sacks (25 yards), in 54 games . . . former walk-on earned a scholarship prior to the 2011 season.

President's Award (Perseverance):

Offensive guard Blake Treadwell
Started all 14 games at left guard . . . second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . also earned All-Big Ten honors from Sporting News (first team), ESPN.com (second team) and Athlon Sports (second team) . . . elected a co-captain by his teammates . . . named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after a strong performance in the victory over fifth-ranked Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . ranked first on the team with a career-best 70.5 knockdowns during the regular season, including a team-best 23.5 dominators . . . selected Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week eight times (Western Michigan, South Florida, Youngstown State, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern) . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree . . . CAREER NOTES: Five-year letterwinnner (2009-13) . . . played in 44 career games, including 24 starts on the offensive line (2011-13) and six on the defensive line (2009-10) . . . started the first three games of 2011 at center to receive a letter, but missed the remainder of the season with a knee injury and took a medical redshirt year . . . had 27 tackles (8 solo, 19 assists) while playing along the defensive line . . . two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Defensive tackle Tyler Hoover
Started 11 games at defensive tackle . . . started the first seven games at defensive tackle . . . recorded career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (4) . . . ranked fourth on the team with 4.0 sacks (29 yards) . . . had 31 tackles, including 4.5 for losses (30 yards) . . . named MSU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient . . . also had two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups . . . productive game on Senior Day against Minnesota as he collected four tackles, including a half sack in which he forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner received a sixth year of eligibility in 2013 from the NCAA (missed nearly the entire 2011 season with a fractured rib) . . . recorded 93 tackles, including 9.0 for losses (43 yards), 7.5 sacks (42 yards) and six pass break-ups, in 48 career games . . . had 23 career starts to his credit.

Linebacker Jairus Jones
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 . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner had 58 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 29 career games, including seven starts.

Defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds
Collected a career-best 37 tackles, including 3.5 for losses (7 yards), and four quarterback hurries . . . started 13 games at nose tackle . . . in his final collegiate game, delivered a career-high two tackles for loss (6 yards) and four stops overall against No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game; named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team . . . registered a career-high six stops vs. Youngstown State . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner saw action in 43 career games, both on the offensive and defensive lines . . . started 19 career games at defensive tackle . . . made the permanent switch to defense during spring practice in 2012 . . . had 58 career tackles.

Danziger Award (Outstanding Detroit-Area Player): Wide receiver Tony Lippett
Led team with a career-high 44 receptions . . . ranked second on the team in receiving yards (613) and tied for fourth in touchdown receptions (2) . . . saw action in all 14 games, including 10 starts at split end . . . ranked first on the team in explosive plays (20-plus yards) with 11 (all receptions) . . . led team in Big Ten games with 31 receptions for 413 yards . . . tied for team lead with five receptions for a career-high 94 yards in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford; had the game-winning TD catch on a 25-yard pass from Connor Cook at the 13:22 mark in the fourth quarter, putting MSU on top 24-17 in the eventual 24-20 victory over the Cardinal . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team . . . had four receptions for 65 yards, including a 33-yard TD grab from Cook, to help Spartans defeat No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . .CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner has 84 catches for 1,049 yards (12.5 avg.) and four touchdowns in 41 career games, including 15 starts . . . moved to wide receiver full-time in 2012 after playing both receiver and cornerback in 2011.¬

Up Front Award (Outstanding Offensive Lineman): Blake Treadwell

Outstanding Underclass Back Award: Offense - Connor Cook/Jeremy Langford; Defense - Kurtis Drummond

Quarterback Connor Cook
Posted a 12-1 record as the starting quarterback . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed 59 percent of his passes (223-of-380) for 2,755 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions . . . ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in touchdown passes (tied for second with 22), total offense (fourth with 2,831 yards), pass attempts (fourth with 380), passing yards (fifth with 2,755), pass completions (tied for sixth with 223) and passing yards per game (14th with 196.8 ypg.) . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in touchdown passes (tied for second with 22), pass completions (third with 223), passing yards (fourth with 2,755), passing (fifth with 196.8 ypg.), total offense (sixth with 202.2 ypg.) and passing efficiency (eighth with 135.5 rating) . . . tied for the fewest interceptions (6) among starting Big Ten quarterbacks . . . ranked fourth in conference play in passing (213.5 ypg.) and sixth with 12 TD passes . . . produced eight 200-yard passing games and two 300-yard passing games . . . named Offensive MVP of the 100th Rose Bowl Game after completing 22-of-36 passes for a career-high 322 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as MSU defeated No. 5 Stanford . . . also named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team . . . named Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Championship Game after throwing for 304 yards on 24-of-40 passing with three touchdowns and one interception in leading the Spartans past No. 2 Ohio State . . . his showing against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game was listed as the No. 2 individual performance in the Big Ten during the 2013 season by ESPN.com . . . CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner has started the last 13 games at quarterback for the Spartans (12-1 record, 8-0 Big Ten games) . . . in 17 career games, has completed 58 percent of his passes (232-of-397) for 2,849 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions . . . enters his junior season ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in passing touchdowns (ninth with 23), passing efficiency (ninth with 134.3 rating), pass completion percentage (ninth at .584), pass attempts (14th with 232) and passing yards (15th with 2,849).

Running back Jeremy Langford
Started all 14 games at tailback during a breakout season in 2013 . . . led the team in rushing yards (1,422), carries (292), total touchdowns (19), rushing touchdowns (18), scoring (114 points) and all-purpose yards (1,579) . . . rushed for more than 100 yards in a school-record eight-straight games (Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota, Ohio State) . . . led Big Ten and ranked tied for eighth in the NCAA FBS with 18 rushing touchdowns . . . also led Big Ten in total touchdowns (19) and carries (292) . . . ranked among the FBS leaders in rushing yards (16th with 1,422) and rushing (27th with 101.6 ypg.) . . . also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (third with 8.1 ppg.), rushing yards (fifth with 1,422), rushing (sixth with 101.6 ypg.) and all-purpose yards (eighth with 112.8 ypg.) . . . ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in total touchdowns (tied for third with 19), scoring (tied for third with 114 points), rushing touchdowns (tied for fourth with 18), carries (sixth with 292), rushing yards (eighth with 1,422), rushing yards per game (15th with 101.6 ypg.) and all-purpose yards (16th with 1,579) . . . named 2013 Touchdown Club of Columbus Big Ten Player of the Year . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . led MSU with 101 all-purpose yards against No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game; rushed for 84 yards on 23 carries, including a 2-yard TD run, and had five receptions for 17 yards in the win over the Cardinal . . . established a school record by recording his eighth 100-yard rushing game in a row with 128 yards on 24 carries against No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game; 106 of those yards came in the second half . . . his 26-yard TD run with 2:16 left in the game sealed MSU's 34-24 victory over the Buckeyes . . . CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner has rushed for 1,445 yards on 301 carries (4.8 avg.) with 18 touchdowns . . . has appeared in 37 career games.

Safety Kurtis Drummond
SI.com All-American (honorable mention) . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches . . . second-team all-conference pick by the media . . . also earned All-Big Ten honors from ESPN.com (first team), Sporting News (first team), CollegeFootballNews.com (first team) and Athlon Sports (first team) . . . ranked second on the team with a career-high 91 tackles, including 3.5 for losses (18 yards) . . . tied for team lead and ranked tied for third in the Big Ten with four interceptions . . . ranked tied for 10th in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended (four interceptions, six pass break-ups) . . . ranked third on the team with 225 production points . . . CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner has started a team-high 21 consecutive games at safety . . . has 161 tackles and 18 passes defended (eight interceptions and 10 pass break-ups) in 39 career games . . . also has 9.0 tackles for loss (45 yards).

Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award: Offense - Center Jack Allen, Offensive Tackle Jack Conklin; Defense: Defensive End Shilique Calhoun

Center Jack Allen
Started the last 12 games at center . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the media . . . named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second-straight year . . . named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team for his performance in the victory over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner has played in 25 career games, including 24 starts (19 at center, five at left guard).

Offensive tackle Jack Conklin
Started 13 games (10 at left tackle; three at right tackle) and saw action in all 14 games in his first season . . . named first-team Freshman All-American by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and the Football Writers Association of America . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Defensive end Shilique Calhoun
Named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year . . . earned All-America honors from Walter Camp (second team), Associated Press (second team), SI.com (second team), USA TODAY (second team), Athlon Sports (second team) and Lindy's (third team) . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media . . . named recipient of the 2013 National Defensive Performer of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards . . . was one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award (nation's best defensive end) . .. ranked tied for second in NCAA FBS with four fumble recoveries, including two returns for touchdowns (16 yards vs. Western Michigan; 4 yards vs. South Florida) . . . tied for the FBS lead with three defensive TDs, as he also had a 56-yard interception return vs. South Florida . . . his three defensive TDs tied a modern-day Michigan State single-season record (games dating back to 1946), and he was the first Spartan to accomplish the feat in the first two games of the season . . . his four fumble recoveries tied for fifth most in an MSU single-season . . . led team and ranked tied for second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks (45 yards) . . . ranked second on the team and tied for sixth in the Big Ten with 14 tackles for loss (75 yards) . . . led team with 18 quarterback hurries . . . also led the team with 34 QB hits, including a career-best seven against Michigan . . . ranked second on the defense with 238 production points . . . led Spartan defensive linemen with 37 tackles . . . named CBSSports.com National Co-Defensive Player of the Week after producing career bests in tackles for loss (3.0 for 19 yards) and sacks (2.0 for 17 yards) in win over No. 23 Michigan; totaled six tackles and a team-best 33 production points against the Wolverines . . . collected several weekly honors after scoring a school-record two defensive touchdowns and recording two tackles for loss, including a 9-yard sack, in Michigan State's 21-6 win over South Florida on Sept. 7 at Spartan Stadium; was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week . . . CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner has 43 tackles, including 16.5 for losses (77 yards) with 8.5 sacks (46 yards), in 26 career games.

MSU Football Player Association's Community Service & Outreach Award: Wide receiver Keith Mumphery
Is one of the team's most active players in the community . . . had 18 catches for 299 yards (16.6 avg.) and a career-best three touchdowns . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree . . . caught two passes for a career-high 84 yards, including a career-long 72-yard reception for a touchdown, in MSU's win over No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner has 62 catches for 853 yards (13.8 avg.) and four touchdowns in 41 career games, including 15 starts . . . two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Clarence Underwood Sportsmanship Award: Offensive tackle Fou Fonoti
Played at right tackle in all 14 games, including 11 consecutive starts to close out the season . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . was credited with 45 knockdowns during the regular season . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 5.5 knockdowns vs. No. 2 Ohio State in Big Ten Championship Game . . . had six knockdowns at Northwestern . . . collected a season-high eight knockdowns at Nebraska . . . produced six knockdowns in win over No. 23 Michigan . . . had four knockdowns against Indiana . . . played 71 snaps at Iowa . . . earned his first start of the 2013 season at right tackle at No. 22 Notre Dame; played 68 snaps and recorded two knockdowns against the Irish . . . posted two takedowns vs. South Florida . . . nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team for his community service involvement . . . CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner played in 30 career games with the Spartans, including 24 starts at right tackle (11 in 2011; two in 2012; 11 in 2013).

Tommy Love Award (Most Improved Player): Offense - Quarterback Connor Cook; Defense - Cornerback Trae Waynes

Cornerback Trae Waynes
Started all 14 games at field cornerback . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media . . . named to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (second team) . . . collected 50 tackles, including 1.5 for losses . . . had eight passes defended (three interceptions, five pass break-ups) . . . ranked eighth on the team with 132 production points . . . recorded his third interception of the season and tallied three tackles against No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . recorded the first two interceptions of his career against Minnesota . . . CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner has 55 tackles and three interceptions in 23 career games.

Jim Adams Award (Unsung Heroes): Offense - Offensive guard Dan France, offensive tackle Fou Fonoti; Defense - Defensive end Denzel Drone, linebacker Kyler Elsworth, defensive end Marcus Rush

Offensive guard Dan France
Started 13 games at right guard . . . made the move inside to guard during spring practice after starting two seasons (2011-12) at left tackle . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media . . . ranked second on the team with a career-best 69.5 knockdowns in the regular season, including 16 dominators . . . selected Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the home finale against Minnesota . . . posted seven knockdowns at Northwestern . . . delivered a career-high nine knockdowns in win at Nebraska . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week against Michigan . . . tallied eight knockdowns against Indiana . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner played in 46 career games, including 37 starts on the offensive line (24 starts at left tackle; 13 at right guard) . . . spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as Michigan State's starting left tackle.

Defensive end Denzel Drone
Collected a career-high 17 tackles, including five for losses (24 yards) and 2.5 sacks (18 yards) . . . delivered an 8-yard sack in the fourth quarter of the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . set a career high with five tackles in win over South Florida . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner recorded 55 tackles, including 10 for losses (58 yards) with six sacks (48 yards), in 53 career games, including seven starts.

Defensive end Marcus Rush
Recorded 30 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (38 yards) and a career-high 5.0 sacks (27 yards) . . . ranked third on the team in sacks and fourth in tackles for loss . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media . . . ranked ninth on the defense with 129 production points . . . CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner has started in 40 of his 41 career games . . . has 126 tackles, including 27 for losses (117 yards) and 11 sacks (71 yards) . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in sacks (tied for 17th with 11) and tackles for loss (tied for 17th with 27) . . . also has 13 career pass break-ups.

Biggie Munn Award (Most Inspirational): Linebacker Max Bullough (wins the award for the second year in a row)

Captain's Award: Linebacker Max Bullough, cornerback Darqueze Dennard, offensive guard Blake Treadwell

Potsy Ross Award (Top Scholar-Athlete): Quarterback Andrew Maxwell
Saw action in six games (Western Michigan, South Florida, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Stanford) and started the season opener vs. WMU . . . completed 46 percent of his passes (15-of-33) for 114 yards . . . was 4-of-9 passing for 40 yards against South Florida . . . completed 11-of-21 passes for 74 yards against the Broncos in the season opener . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner saw action in 28 career games (14 starts), completing 53 percent of his passes (278-for-530) for 3,014 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions . . . finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in pass attempts (11th with 530), pass completions (13th with 278) and passing yards (14th with 3,014) . . . became the 18th Spartan in program history to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors four times.

Iron Man Award (Strength & Conditioning): Defensive end Tyler Hoover

Doug Weaver Oil Can Award (Team Humorist): Offensive guard Dan France

Cowing Award (Senior Manager): Michael Maddalena

Con Demos Scholarship Award (Manager): Andrew Kolpacki

George Scofes (Outstanding Faculty): Dr. Michael Kasavana