Seven Spartans Earn All-Big Ten Honors on Offense
Senior center Brian Allen named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – A total of seven Spartans on offense have garnered All-Big Ten recognition, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
Senior center Brian Allen was named to the second team for the third consecutive season, while junior wide receiver Felton Davis III was also named to the second team by the media. Davis was a third-team choice by the coaches, and junior offensive guard David Beedle picked up third-team accolades by both the coaches and media.
MICHIGAN STATE ALL-BIG TEN SELECTIONS – OFFENSE
Sr. C Brian Allen (second team, coaches and media)
In his first year as the full-time starting center, senior captain Brian Allen anchored a young Spartan offensive line and helped lead MSU to a 9-3 overall record and No. 16 position in the College Football Playoff rankings. An All-America candidate and also a top candidate for the Rimington Trophy, Allen is the highest ranked center in the Big Ten and No. 5 in the FBS, according to Pro Football Focus. He is the highest graded Spartan offensive lineman this season and leads the team in knockdowns and takedowns.
A four-time Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honoree, Allen was also named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week on four occasions. He has started a team-best 27 consecutive games, including all 12 at center this season, and 37 for his career as part of a total of 50 games played.
Allen was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is widely known as the “Academic Heisman,” and also the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Allen is an economics major with a 3.24 GPA.
The Hinsdale, Illinois, native was also a second-team All-Big Ten selection at guard as a junior (media) in 2016 and as a sophomore in 2015 (coaches and media).
Jr. WR Felton Davis III (second team, media; third team, coaches)
Junior wide receiver Felton Davis III is the veteran of a receiving corps that features one junior (Davis), two sophomores (Trishton Jackson, Darrell Stewart), one redshirt freshmen (Cam Chambers) and three true freshmen (Laress Nelson, Hunter Rison, Cody White) in its regular rotation.
The 6-4, 195-pound native of Richmond, Virginia, leads the Spartans in receptions (51), receiving yards (658) and touchdown catches (8), all of which are career highs and rank among the Big Ten leaders (tied for fourth in TD catches with eight; sixth in receptions at 4.3 pg; eighth in receiving yards at 54.8 ypg). Forty of his 51 receptions (78 percent) have been for either a first down or a touchdown. Davis’ career-high eight TD catches are also tied for 34th in the FBS.
Davis recorded career highs in catches (12) and receiving yards (181) in the win over No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 4. The 12 catches tied for fourth most in a single game by a Spartan, and the 181 receiving yards were 13th most by a Spartan in a game. The 12 catches matched his season total from last year. Davis had a diving 33-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter that tied the game at 14, his team-leading eighth of the season.
Davis was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after recording then-career highs in catches (9) and receiving yards (114) in the Sept. 30 win over Iowa. Davis also tied his career high with two touchdown catches. In the first half alone, Davis had seven receptions for 88 yards. On the first play from scrimmage, Davis had a 31-yard reception to set up his first TD catch later in the drive, a 22-yard scoring strike from Brian Lewerke. Davis also had a 6-yard TD reception later in the first quarter.
Davis finished with eight receptions for 95 yards at Northwestern on Oct. 28 and tied his career high with two touchdowns (13 yards to tie the game with 25 seconds left in the game; 6 yards in first overtime).
In 31 career games, Davis is MSU’s active leader in receptions (65), receiving yards (858) and TD catches (9).
Jr. OG David Beedle (third team, coaches and media)
David Beedle started a career-high eight games this season (five at left guard, three at right guard) and provided veteran leadership to a young offensive line that featured two sophomores, one redshirt freshman and two true freshmen in its regular rotation.
Although he missed three games due to an injury, Beedle stills ranks second on the team in dominators and third in knockdowns. He was named the Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording a season-high nine knockdowns and 4.5 dominators against Western Michigan, a performance which also landed him on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week. Beedle was also named to the PFF Big Ten Team of the Week against Northwestern.
Beedle has played in 29 career games, including 13 starts the past two seasons for the Spartans.
R-Fr. OT Luke Campbell (honorable mention, coaches and media)
Luke 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). He was named to the BTN All-Freshman Team on Monday.
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.
Fr. OG Kevin Jarvis (honorable mention, coaches and media)
Kevin 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. Jarvis was also an honorable mention selection on the BTN All-Freshman Team.
So. QB Brian Lewerke (honorable mention, coaches and media)
In his first full year as the starting quarterback, sophomore Brian Lewerke ranks third in the Big Ten and 37th in the FBS in total offense, averaging 255.5 yards per game (215.0 passing ypg, 40.5 rushing ypg). He led the Spartans in rushing through the first five games of the season and still ranks second among Big Ten quarterbacks in rushing, averaging 40.5 ypg (Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett is first, averaging 56.0 ypg). Lewerke also ranks among the Big Ten leaders in passing (fifth at 215.0 ypg) and passing touchdowns (sixth with 17).
The 6-3, 212-pound Lewerke is 233-of-396 passing (.588) for 2,580 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 12 games this season. He has played in 16 career games (14 starts; 9-5 record).
Lewerke ranks sixth in an MSU single-season with 3,066 yards of total offense, which is the most by a sophomore in program history.
A week after setting numerous school records at Northwestern on Oct. 28, Lewerke had another impressive game against Penn State on Nov. 4, becoming the first Spartan quarterback to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. He threw for a school-record 445 yards at Northwestern, and for 400 against Penn State; the 400 yards tied for the second-most yards by a Spartan QB in a single game (Bill Burke with 400 in win over Michigan in 1999). Lewerke became one of just three Big Ten quarterbacks in the last 20 years to throw for 400 yards in two consecutive games (Drew Brees, Purdue, 1998; C.J. Bacher, Northwestern, 2007).
Lewerke finished the Penn State game 33-of-56 passing, including 9-of-14 for 156 yards on third down. He completed six passes of 20-plus yards. Lewerke also had 425 yards of total offense, second in school history behind only his 475 at Northwestern.
Lewerke set school single-game records for passing yards (445), total offense (475) and completions (39) in the triple-overtime loss at Northwestern on Oct. 28. His 57 passing attempts also marked a career high and tied for the second most in school history (record: 61 by Brian Hoyer vs. Penn State in 2006); MSU’s previous single-game records were 400 passing yards (Bill Burke vs. Michigan, 1999), 416 yards of total offense (Connor Cook vs. Indiana, 2015) and 35 completions (Jeff Smoker vs. Ohio State, 2003). Lewerke also threw a career-high four touchdowns against the Wildcats, tied for the second most in school history (accomplished 13 previous times). On MSU’s 12-play, 88-yard game-tying touchdown drive at the end of the fourth quarter, Lewerke was 10-of-11 for 88 yards on the drive, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Felton Davis III. Lewerke’s 445 yards passing and 475 total yards against Northwestern are both the most by a Big Ten quarterback in a single game this season.
A true dual-threat quarterback, Lewerke’s 486 rushing yards are fourth most by a Spartan quarterback in a single season. He also has five rushing touchdowns this season. Lewerke has led the Spartans in rushing four times (69 yards vs. Bowling Green; career-high 81 vs. Western Michigan; 42 vs. Iowa; 61 vs. Michigan). He also had 63 yards vs. Maryland, 56 yards vs. Notre Dame and 53 yards vs. Rutgers.
The native of Phoenix, Arizona, recorded his first career win as a starting quarterback in the season-opening victory over Bowling Green while recording then-career highs in passing yards (250), completions (22), attempts (33), passing touchdowns (3) and total offense (319 yards) against the Falcons.
In 16 career games, Lewerke has completed 58 percent of his passes (264-for-453) for 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has 635 career rushing yards on 131 carries (39.7 ypg; 4.8 avg.).
Jr. RB LJ Scott (honorable mention, coaches and media)
Junior LJ Scott leads the Spartans in rushing with 788 yards on 183 carries (4.3 avg.). He ranks ninth in the Big Ten with 71.6 rushing yards per game.
The 6-1, 230-pound Scott is one of 18 Spartan running backs in school history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards and is just 19 yards shy of reaching 2,500 career yards. He eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark during the Minnesota game and currently ranks 12th in the MSU record book with 2,481 rushing yards.
A native of Hubbard, Ohio, Scott has two 100-yard rushing games this season (career-high 194 at Minnesota on Oct. 14; 147 vs. Maryland on Nov. 18) and eight for his career. He also has a career-high 18 receptions for 120 yards (6.7 avg.) to lead the team in all-purpose yards with 908 (82.5 ypg).
Scott posted career highs in rushing yards (194) and carries (25) to lead the Spartans past Minnesota on Oct. 14. Scott also tied his career high with two rushing TDs (24 yards in second quarter; 6 yards in fourth quarter). He became the first Spartan to record a 100-yard rushing game this season. Scott’s previous career high was 160 yards vs. No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 19, 2016. The 194 yards by Scott were the most rushing yards by a Spartan since the last time MSU played at Minnesota in 2012, when Le’Veon Bell had 266 yards rushing on 35 carries; it was also the fifth most rushing yards by a Spartan against Minnesota. Scott also had a season-high 220 all-purpose yards at Minnesota (one catch for 26 yards).
In 37 career games, including 17 starts, Scott has rushed for 2,481 yards (67.1 ypg; 4.8 avg.) and 23 touchdowns. Scott ranks 12th in MSU history in rushing yards (2,481), 13th in carries (513) and tied for 13th in rushing touchdowns (23).