Four Spartans Named to BTN All-Freshman Team
Right tackle Luke Campbell, placekicker Matt Coghlin, cornerback Josiah Scott and wide receiver Cody White earn All-Freshman honors.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Four Spartans -- right tackle Luke Campbell, placekicker Matt Coghlin, cornerback Josiah Scott and wide receiver Cody White -- have been named to the BTN All-Freshman Team. In addition, right guard Kevin Jarvis earned honorable mention accolades.
Campbell, who started 11 games at right tackle, played more than 800 offensive snaps this season for the Spartans. The Lewis Center, Ohio, native also saw time at left tackle. He is the seventh-rated freshman tackle in the country, according to Pro Football Focus, and seventh overall tackle in the Big Ten. Campbell was named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week twice this season (vs. Indiana and Northwestern) and also the Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week on two occasions (vs. Michigan and Indiana).
Against the Wolverines, Campbell posted a season-high 6.5 knockdowns as the Spartans defeated the previously undefeated and seventh-ranked Wolverines. He earned the top grade among Spartan offensive lineman in the victory over Hoosiers, with four knockdowns and two dominators in 74 snaps. Campbell played in all 88 offensive snaps at Northwestern and logged five knockdowns in being named to the PFF Big Ten Team of the Week.
Coghlin has made 15 field goals this season, which currently ranks second in the Big Ten and ties an MSU single-season freshman record (Michael Geiger, 2013; Brett Swenson, 2006). He is 15-of-19 (.789) on field-goal attempts, including 6-of-7 from 30-39 yards and 4-of-6 from 40-49 yards out. Coghlin is also a perfect 32-of-32 on point-after attempts and leads the team in scoring with 77 points (6.4 ppg), which ranks ninth in the Big Ten and second among conference freshmen.
In the last game of the regular season at Rutgers, Coghlin established season highs for field goals (4) and points (16); he tied his career long with a 46-yard field goal in the second quarter and also connected twice for 26 yards in the first quarter and once more for 32 yards in the third quarter. The Cincinnati, Ohio, product was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after he drilled the game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired in the 27-24 victory over No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 4; he also tied the game at 24 with a 32-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter and made all three of his PATs in the win against PSU. Coghlin also had a multi-field goal game with three in the win at Minnesota on Oct. 14. He closed the regular season making his last eight field-goal attempts.
Scott became just the third true freshman position player under Mark Dantonio to start his collegiate debut, and never looked back, starting in 11 games overall at cornerback this season, the most ever by a freshman position player in the Dantonio era. The Fairfield, Ohio, native finished the regular season with a team-best nine pass break-ups -- most among Big Ten freshmen and tied for ninth overall in the conference -- along with two interceptions, 30 tackles, a forced fumble and one tackle for loss. Scott was named to the Pro Football Focus National and Big Ten Team of the Week for his performance in the win at No. 7 Michigan, as he recorded three tackles and helped limit the Wolverines to under 200 passing yards. He tied his season high with six stops and had one pass break-up against No. 7 Penn State, and also had six tackles and a season-high three pass break-ups at Northwestern. In the regular-season finale at Rutgers, Scott recorded his second interception of the season and one pass break-up. He picked off his first career pass in the second game of the year against Western Michigan, and had two pass break-ups in his collegiate debut against Bowling Green. He also forced a fumble in the second half to help preserve MSU's 17-10 win over Iowa in the Big Ten opener.
White ranks third on the team in catches (32) and receiving yards (449) and tied for second in touchdown receptions (2). He is just 5 yards away from the most receiving yards by a true freshman in program history and his 32 catches rank third most by a Spartan true freshman. White recorded 27 of his 32 catches in the second half of the season.
White, who started the last five games, was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after setting a Spartan freshman single-game record with 165 receiving yards at Northwestern on Oct. 28. That total was also the 20th-most overall by an MSU player in a single game and the third most by a Spartan against Northwestern. White had a career-high nine catches against the Wildcats, including six for first downs with two touchdown catches. He caught a season-long 60-yard pass in the first quarter on the opening series of the game, the longest pass play of the season for the Spartans, to set up his first career touchdown catch on a 6-yard reception later in the same drive. A native of Novi, Michigan, the 6-3, 206-pound White also had a 45-yard reception on third-and-18 in the fourth quarter. He started his first career game against the Wildcats.
White's breakout game arrived in the second half in the victory over Indiana on Oct. 21. He entered the IU game with five catches for 50 yards and more than doubled that by erupting for six receptions for 99 yards against the Hoosiers; four of those catches resulted in a first down, and he also had a first-down rush. With MSU facing third-and-9 at midfield with 2:43 to play, he snared a 34-yard catch and run setting up the Spartans at the IU 18, as LJ Scott sealed the game with a touchdown run on the next play. With MSU trailing 9-3 midway through the fourth quarter, White's 16-yard grab on third-and-18 set up MSU's fourth-down conversion that eventually led to a go-ahead touchdown drive. White was named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week against Indiana and was also named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week.
Jarvis started all nine games in Big Ten play and saw action in every regular-season game, playing nearly 600 snaps at right guard. He has started more games as a true freshman on the offensive line than any other Spartan offensive lineman in the Dantonio era. In his first start against Iowa, Jarvis played every offensive snap, posting three knockdowns and one dominator against the Hawkeyes. He recorded a season-high 4.5 knockdowns in the win at No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 7.
Michigan State has played 13 true freshmen this season, the most ever in one season under Dantonio.