2012 Spartan Football Awards Banquet Recap
All-Big Ten running back Le'Veon Bell voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Dec. 2, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior running back Le'Veon Bell, who leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing with 137.3 yards per game, has been selected Most Valuable Player (Governor's Award recipient) by his teammates at the annual Spartan Football Awards Banquet held Sunday, Dec. 2 before a crowd in excess of 600 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Bell is the first non-senior to win the award since Javon Ringer (junior) in 2007.
Here is the complete list of hardware presented at the 2012 Spartan Football Awards Banquet:
Governor's Award (Most Valuable Player): Running Back Le'Veon Bell
First-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) . . . ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the FBS in rushing (137.3 ypg.) . . . has totaled 1,648 yards rushing (sixth in the FBS), which ranks second in MSU single-season history . . . ranks first in the FBS in carries (350), which also ranks fourth most in an MSU single season . . . one of just four players in the FBS in 2012 to record three 200-yard rushing games (Toledo's David Fluellen, Air Force's Cody Getz, Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews) . . . is just the second Spartan to record three 200-yard rushing games in a season (Lorenzo White: school-record four times in 1985) . . . has seven 100-yard rushing games, tied for second in an MSU single-season . . . ranks second in the Big Ten and 16th in the FBS in all-purpose yards (155.5 ypg.) . . . also ranks among the Big Ten leaders in rushing touchdowns (seventh with 11) and total offense (10th at 137.3 ypg.) . . . owns the top single-game total in the FBS this season in carries (44 vs. Boise State) and ranks eighth in rushing yards (266 vs. Minnesota) . . . according to STATS, Bell has gained 834 of his 1,648 rushing yards (51 percent) after contact, which ranks first among all NCAA FBS running backs . . . has produced 77 first downs and 32 runs of 10 or more yards, including 12 gains of 20 or more yards . . . ranks fifth on the team with 30 receptions for 154 yards (5.1 avg.) . . . named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times (Aug. 31 vs. Boise State; Sept. 22 vs. Eastern Michigan; Nov. 24 vs. Minnesota) . . . rushed for a career-high 266 yards - the most by a Big Ten player this season - and a touchdown on 35 carries in MSU's win at Minnesota . . . was named College Football Performance Awards' National Running Back of the Week and Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his career day against the Gophers . . . the 266 rushing yards are the sixth-highest single-game total in MSU history . . . named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 253 rushing yards vs. Eastern Michigan, the seventh most in MSU single-game history, on 36 attempts; totaled 263 all-purpose yards against the Eagles and had a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter . . . rushed for 210 yards on a career-high 44 carries and had 265 all-purpose yards in the season opener against No. 24 Boise State to earn Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors . . . two-year letterwinner has rushed for 3,201 yards and 32 touchdowns in 39 career games . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in rushing TDs (sixth with 32), rushing attempts (sixth with 639) and rushing yards (seventh with 3,201) . . . has 11 career 100-yard rushing games, which is eighth most in MSU history . . . talented all-around back has 76 career receptions for 518 yards (6.8 avg.) . . . ranks among FBS active leaders in carries (eighth with 639), rushing yards (11th with 3,201) and rushing touchdowns (tied for 18th with 32).
Downtown Coaches Club Award - Outstanding Senior Offense: Right Guard Chris McDonald
Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . has played in 42 career games, including a team-best 29 consecutive starts at right guard . . . has 37 career starts to his credit . . . helped stabilize an offensive line that was decimated by injuries in 2012 and featured six different starting combinations . . . was the only Spartan offensive lineman to start every game in 2012 . . . named to preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946 to the best interior lineman.
Downtown Coaches Club Award - Outstanding Senior Defense: Cornerback Johnny Adams
First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media . . . has started every game at boundary corner in 2012 . . . has collected 35 tackles, including 3.0 for losses (9 yards) . . . ranks tied for sixth in the Big Ten with three interceptions . . . tied for the team lead and tied for 16th in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended (three interceptions, seven pass break-ups) . . . tied for second on the team with seven pass break-ups . . . recorded a career-high two interceptions (11 yards) in the win at Minnesota . . . fifth-year senior is in his third year as a starting cornerback . . . three-year letterwinner has played in 54 career games, including 39 starts . . . three-time All-Big Ten selection (2010 - coaches second team; 2011 - coaches first team and media second team; 2012 - coaches first team and media second team) . . . has 157 career tackles and 35 passes defended (11 interceptions, 24 PBUs) . . . ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in interception return yards (fourth with 230), passed defended (fifth with 35), interceptions (10th with 11) and pass break-ups (tied for 11th with 24).
Downtown Coaches Club Award - Outstanding Senior Special Teams: Dan Conroy
Ranks first in the Big Ten and tied for sixth in the FBS with 22 field goals made, which ties an MSU single-season record . . . ranks third in the Big Ten in kick scoring (7.4 ppg.) . . . has made 71 percent of his field goals this season (22-for-31), which ranks first in the Big Ten . . . has made all 23 of his point-after attempts . . . has three 50-yard field goals in 2012 . . . tied his career high with four field goals at Minnesota . . . has made 54 career field goals, which ranks fourth in MSU history . . . also ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in scoring (fifth with 278 points) and PATs (sixth with 116) . . . has made a school-record 78 consecutive PATs . . . has made 77 percent of his field goals (54-for-70) and 99 percent of his PATs (116-for-117) . . . his .771 field-goal percentage is third best in the school record book.
Defensive Tackle Anthony Rashad White
Has seen action in all 12 games in 2012, including 11 starts at nose tackle . . . has collected 21 tackles this season . . . produced a season-high five stops at No. 23 Michigan, including a half tackle for loss, and also broke up a pass . . . transfer from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College has played in 38 career games for the Spartans, including 15 starts . . . has tallied 63 career tackles, including six for losses (16 yards).
Running Back Larry Caper
Ranks second on the team in rushing with 108 yards on 18 carries (6.0 avg.) . . . also has six catches for 52 yards (8.7 avg.) . . . has seen action in all 12 games this season, including two games starts while lined up as a fullback (Boise State, Iowa) . . . had a 15-yard touchdown reception at Indiana . . . compiled 66 yards rushing, including a career-long 39-yard run, at Central Michigan . . . has rushed for 836 yards and nine touchdowns in 46 career games . . . has compiled 1,242 all-purpose yards (836 rushing, 318 receiving, 88 kick return) with 12 TDs (9 rushing, 3 receiving) in his career.
Danziger Award (Outstanding Detroit-Area Player): Defensive End William Gholston
All-Big Ten second-team selection by the media for a second-straight year after leading the Spartans in sacks (3.5 for 19 yards) and pass break-ups (9) and tying for the team lead in tackles for loss (12 for 44 yards) during the regular season . . . ranks among the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss (tied for eighth) and pass break-ups (tied for 10th) . . . leads the Spartan defensive linemen and is tied for fifth overall in tackles with 50 . . . his nine pass break-ups rank first among NCAA FBS defensive linemen . . . has recorded at least one tackle for loss in eight of MSU's 12 games . . . posted six tackles against Northwestern, and his half sack (combined with Max Bullough) against Kain Colter resulted in a 1-yard loss and a safety in the first quarter . . . contributed five tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, and a career-best two pass break-ups against No. 21 Nebraska . . . was named the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Lineman of the Week after tallying a season-best 4.5 tackles for loss (10 yards) in Michigan State's 16-13 overtime win at Wisconsin; his 4.5 tackles for loss were the second most by a Big Ten player in a single game this season and rank eighth most by a Spartan defender in a single game . . . has collected 133 tackles, including 29 for losses (97 yards) and nine sacks (51 yards), in 35 career games . . . his 29 tackles for loss rank tied for 10th most in school history.
Up Front Award (Outstanding Offensive Lineman): Tight End Dion Sims
Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media despite missing nearly three full games with an ankle injury . . . ranks fourth (tied) on the team with 33 receptions for 451 yards (13.7 avg.) and two scores . . . his 33 catches and 451 receiving yards both represent career highs . . . twenty-seven of his 33 receptions (82 percent) have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown . . . posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season (and his career), with five grabs for 102 yards against Northwestern; had a career-long 44-yard reception from Andrew Maxwell on MSU's second offensive series . . . through the first five games of the 2012 season, led the Spartans in catches (24), receiving yards (313) and TD receptions (2) . . . sat out entire Iowa game and played only nine snaps at Michigan after suffering an ankle injury early in the first quarter of MSU's Oct. 6 game at Indiana . . . was selected John Mackey and College Football Performance Awards' National Tight End of the Week after recording his first career 100-yard receiving game with six receptions for 112 yards and a score against Eastern Michigan; had three catches for 73 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 10-yard TD grab from Maxwell that gave MSU a 16-7 lead . . . had a team-high six catches for 52 yards against No. 20 Notre Dame . . . recorded a career-best seven receptions for 65 yards in the season opener against No. 24 Boise State.
Linebacker Max Bullough
First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and second-team All-Big Ten pick by the media . . . named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award . . . leads the team and ranks ninth in the Big Ten in tackles (102; 8.5 avg.) . . . also tied for the team lead and ranks tied for eighth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (12 for 44 yards) . . . ranks second on the team with 2.5 sacks (15 yards) . . . in conference games, ranked fourth in tackles in the Big Ten, averaging 9.5 per game . . . elected a team captain . . . has produced at least one tackle for loss in each of the last seven games, including a 1-yard loss in the regular-season finale at Minnesota; also posted a team-high seven stops against the Gophers . . . registered eight tackles against Northwestern, with one tackle for loss (2 yards); his half sack (combined with junior defensive end William Gholston) against Kain Colter resulted in a 1-yard loss and a safety in the first quarter . . . reached double figures in tackles for the fourth time this season and sixth time in his career, with 10 stops against Nebraska . . . recorded nine tackles while setting career highs for both tackles for loss (2.5 for 15 yards) and sacks (2 for 14) in Michigan State's 16-13 overtime victory at No. 25 Wisconsin . . . posted 10 stops, a career-high two pass break-ups and recorded his first interception of the season at Michigan . . . recorded 11 stops against Iowa and posted a season-high 12 stops against No. 14 Ohio State to go along with two pass break-ups and a forced fumble . . . has 214 tackles, including 20.5 for losses (76 yards), in 39 career games . . . has started every game at middle linebacker since the beginning of the 2011 season (26 consecutive games).
Center/Guard Jack Allen
Second-year player has started in 11 games on the offensive line . . . named to the BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . started at left guard in five games (Boise State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa) . . . became the starting center following the season-ending injury to Travis Jackson in the Ohio State game . . . has started at center in six games (Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota).
MSU Football Player Association's Community Service & Outreach Award: Offensive Tackle Fou Fonoti
Is one of the team's most active players in the community . . . dating back to last season, started 13 straight games at right tackle before injuring his foot in practice before the Notre Dame game . . . will receive a medical redshirt and return for the 2013 season after missing MSU's final 10 regular-season games.
Quarterback Andrew Maxwell
Ranks third in the Big Ten in passing (214.8 ypg.) and sixth in total offense (207.6 ypg.) . . . has completed 53 percent of his passes (228-of-431) for 2,578 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions . . . has six 200-yard passing games this season . . . elected a captain by his teammates . . . ranks among MSU's Top 10 single-season leaders in pass attempts (second with 431), pass completions (fourth with 228), total offense (eighth with 2,491 yards) and passing yards (10th with 2,578) . . . threw for a career-high 297 yards on 22-of-46 throws vs. Northwestern; had two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Wildcats . . . was 9-of-27 passing for 123 yards, including a 46-yard TD pass to Tony Lippett, vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . completed 24-of-39 throws for 216 yards in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . on MSU's last two possessions against the Badgers, Maxwell was 9-of-11 for 81 yards and two TDs . . . with MSU trailing 10-3 late in the fourth quarter against UW, Maxwell led the Spartans on a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive in 4:58, capped by a 5-yard TD toss to Le'Veon Bell with just 1:08 remaining; Maxwell was 8-of-9 for 69 yards on that drive . . . was 21-of-34 passing for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception at No. 23 Michigan . . . completed 12-of-31 passes for 179 yards and one interception vs. Iowa . . . was 24-of-40 passing for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-27 comeback win at Indiana; the 290 passing yards marked the fourth most by a Spartan quarterback against the Hoosiers . . . engineered his second fourth-quarter comeback of the season as his 36-yard TD pass to Bennie Fowler proved to be the game winner at Indiana . . . completed 22-of-42 throws for 269 yards and one TD against No. 14 Ohio State; his 269 passing yards were the sixth-best single-game total by a Spartan quarterback against the Buckeyes . . . was 16-for-29 passing for 159 yards, including a 10-yard TD pass to Dion Sims, against Eastern Michigan . . . completed 23-of-45 passes for 187 yards vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . became the first Spartan quarterback to win his first two starts since Jeff Smoker in 2000 . . . threw for 275 yards on 20-of-31 passing, including TD tosses to Dion Sims (20 yards) and Bennie Fowler (7 yards), at Central Michigan . . . in his first career start, completed 22-of-38 passes for 248 yards to help lead MSU past No. 24 Boise State.
Linebacker Chris Norman
Ranks tied for fourth on the team with 50 tackles, including four for losses (12 yards) . . . also has three pass break-ups . . . elected a captain by his teammates . . . tallied eight tackles and a pass break-up vs. Northwestern in his final home game at Spartan Stadium . . . produced five tackles at No. 23 Michigan . . . had a season-high nine tackles, including two for losses (9 yards) and a 6-yard sack, to go along with a fumble recovery and pass break-up vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . collected five tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, against Eastern Michigan . . . tied for team lead with six tackles vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . produced six stops at Central Michigan . . . three-year starter has made 196 tackles in 49 career games, including 32 starting assignments.
Wide Receiver Keith Mumphery
Tied for the team lead with 41 receptions in his first year as a starter . . . ranks second on the team in receiving yards with 511 (42.6 ypg.) . . . named MSU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree . . . leads team with 28 first-down catches and ranks tied for team lead with seven catches of 20-plus yards . . . tied his career high in receptions (6) and receiving yards (79) vs. Northwestern . . . had five receptions for 63 yards in overtime win at Wisconsin . . . compiled 86 all-purpose yards vs. Iowa (four catches for 71 yards; two rushes for 15 yards) . . . had five catches for 79 yards against No. 14 Ohio State and scored his first career touchdown on a 29-yard reception from Andrew Maxwell in the third quarter; on his touchdown catch, he broke several tackles before diving into the end zone . . . had a career-high six catches for 71 yards vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . hauled in four catches for 52 yards in his first career start at Central Michigan.
Safety Kurtis Drummond
After collecting 17 tackles primarily on special teams last season, has started six games at free safety and ranks seventh on the team with 47 stops, including 4.5 for losses (17 yards) . . . also has three pass break-ups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery . . . recorded career highs in tackles (10) and tackles for loss (2.5 for 10 yards) while also forcing a fumble and returning an interception 7 yards vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . tallied seven stops in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . recorded five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (5 yards), at No. 23 Michigan . . . tallied three tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, while recovering a fumble and recording an interception vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . has 64 tackles and seven passes defended (four interceptions and three pass break-ups) in 24 career games.
Guard/Center Ethan Ruhland
Fifth-year senior has played in nine games, including two starts (left guard vs. Notre Dame; center vs. Iowa) . . . did not start, but saw a majority of snaps at center in the win at Indiana . . . filled in for injured starter Travis Jackson at center in the Ohio State game . . . has seen action in 28 career games, including three starts.
Cornerback Darqueze Dennard
First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and second-team pick by the media is tied for the team lead in interceptions (3), pass break-ups (7) and passes defended (10), numbers which all rank among the Big Ten leaders (tied for sixth in interceptions; tied for 16th in passes defended; tied for 16th in pass break-ups) . . . ranks sixth on the team with 49 tackles, including 3.5 for losses (5 yards) . . . tied his career high with two interceptions against No. 21 Nebraska; his 30-yard interception return in the third quarter set up MSU's third TD of the game . . . tied his career high in tackles with seven stops against Northwestern and broke up a career-best three passes in the season-opening victory over Boise State . . . has 102 tackles and 16 passes defended (six interceptions, 10 pass break-ups) in 29 career games, including 25 starts . . . garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades last season.
Biggie Munn Award (Most Inspirational): Linebacker Max Bullough
Potsy Ross Award (Top Scholar-Athlete): Punter Mike Sadler
First-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and second-team All-Big Ten choice by the media . . . ranks second in the Big Ten and 22nd in the NCAA FBS in punting with his 43.2-yard average . . . named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Team, as selected by CoSIDA . . . is the sixth Spartan punter to be named first-team All-Big Ten . . . has placed 41 percent of his punts inside the 20 (28-of-68) and 22 percent inside the 10 (15-of-68) . . . has 16 punts of 50-plus yards, including a career-long 70 yarder against No. 14 Ohio State . . . named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 46.6 yards on seven punts vs. No. 21 Nebraska, including three placed inside the 20 . . . pinned a season-best three punts inside the 10 in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . averaged 41.1 yards on seven punts at Michigan, including a season-high four inside the 20; on fourth-and-9 from MSU's 23-yard line in the fourth quarter against the Wolverines, Sadler ran a fake punt 26 yards for a Spartan first down, leading to Dan Conroy's go-ahead field goal with 5:48 remaining in the game . . . averaged a career-best 55.4 yards per punt (five for 277 yards) against the Buckeyes, including his career-long 70-yarder in the second quarter . . . his career average of 42.2 yards per punt is currently sixth best in MSU history.
Iron Man Award (Strength & Conditioning): Linebacker Max Bullough
Cowing Award (Senior Manager): AJ Yunker
Con Demos Scholarship Award (Manager): Andrew Kolpacki