Oct. 7, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Dennard tied his career high with two interceptions and led the Spartans with a career-high eight tackles in the 26-14 win at Iowa. This marks the first career weekly Big Ten honor for Dennard.
Dennard and the Spartan defense limited the Hawkeyes to 264 total yards - 183 yards below their season average. In addition, MSU held Iowa to 23 yards rushing (1.4 yards per carry) - 221 yards below its season average. Michigan State shut down the Hawkeyes in the second half, as Iowa had just six first downs, 6 rushing yards and 104 total yards in the final two quarters.
Dennard's second interception at the 5:25 mark in the fourth quarter helped ice the game, and it marked the third multi-interception game of his career (2012 Outback Bowl vs. Georgia, 2012 vs. Nebraska).
Dennard ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 15th in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 1.6 passes defended per game. In addition to his two interceptions, he also leads the team with six pass break-ups.
This marks the second time this season a Spartan has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Shilique Calhoun, Week 2 vs. South Florida).
Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) returns to action Saturday, Oct. 12 to face Indiana (3-2, 1-0) at noon in Spartan Stadium.