Six Spartans Earn First-Team All-Big Ten Honors
Darqueze Dennard named Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, Shilique Calhoun named Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Dec. 2, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Six Spartans have been named to the All-Big Ten First Team and a total of 16 players have received all-conference recognition, as BTN announced the 2013 All-Big Ten Teams Monday evening. The six first-team selections are the most for Michigan State since 1990, and the 16 honorees overall equal the second most under MSU head coach Mark Dantonio (19 in 2011, 16 in 2010).
Two Spartans took home individual awards, as senior Darqueze Dennard was named the Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, while sophomore Shilique Calhoun was named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Dennard, Calhoun and senior linebacker Max Bullough were first-team selections by both the coaches and media. Junior safety Kurtis Drummond, senior safety Isaiah Lewis and junior punter Mike Sadler were named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches.
The five first-team selections on defense are tied for the most in school history (1966).
"Placing five players on the Coaches' All-Big Ten first-team defense speaks to the success of our entire unit as well as the coaching staff," Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. "Our defense did an outstanding job throughout the 12-game regular season, and we look forward to our biggest challenge of the season in Ohio State this weekend in Indianapolis."
Senior linebacker Denicos Allen and senior offensive guard Blake Treadwell were second-team picks by both the coaches and media. Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook received second-team accolades from the coaches, while sophomore center Jack Allen garnered second-team honors from the media. Drummond and Sadler were also second-team choices by the media.
Senior offensive tackle Fou Fonoti, senior offensive tackle Dan France, junior running back Jeremy Langford, junior defensive end Marcus Rush and sophomore cornerback Trae Waynes were honorable mention selections by both the coaches and media. In addition, Jack Allen was named honorable mention by the coaches, while Cook, Lewis and placekicker Michael Geiger were honorable mention choices by the media.
Dennard, who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row, is one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award (presented to the nation's top defensive back) and one of five finalists the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (presented to the nation's top defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America). A unanimous first-team pick by the coaches, Dennard was recently ranked the No. 3 defensive player in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision by CBSSports.com.
"Darqueze Dennard is a complete corner," Dantonio said. "He's an extremely competitive and gifted athlete. Darqueze has great ball skills, outstanding tackling ability, remarkable change of direction and plays the deep well. He really has been a cornerstone of our defense for the last three years."
The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Dennard, who has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, leads the Spartans in passes defended (12) and pass break-ups (8) and is tied for first in interceptions (4). He ranks fourth on the team in tackles (56) and fifth in production points (189). Dennard has been credited with 2.5 tackles for losses (6 yards) and ranks among the Big Ten leaders in interceptions (tied for third) and passes defended (tied for seventh at 1.0 per game). He helps anchor a defensive unit that ranks among the NCAA FBS Top 10 in six different stat categories: rushing defense (first at 64.8 yards per game), total defense (first at 237.7 ypg.), passing efficiency defense (first with 91.8 rating), scoring defense (fourth at 11.8 points per game), turnover margin (fifth at +1.3 per game) and passing defense (ninth at 172.9 ypg.).
On Senior Day against Minnesota in his last appearance at Spartan Stadium, Dennard tied his career high with nine tackles and also recorded his eighth pass break-up of the season.
He 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. It marked Dennard's personal best fourth interception of the season and 10th of his career. MSU's defense pitched a shutout in the second half against the Wildcats while allowing just seven first downs and 95 total yards.
Dennard produced an impressive all-around effort in the win over No. 23 Michigan, as MSU held the Wolverines out of the end zone for the second consecutive season. He picked off a Devin Gardner pass at the 3-yard line in the fourth quarter, and the Spartans proceeded to march 97 yards on an eight-play touchdown drive to seal the 29-6 victory. Dennard also forced a fumble and collected four tackles against the Wolverines.
Dennard produced seven tackles in Michigan State's 14-0 victory over Purdue, including a half tackle for loss (1 yard). MSU's defense recorded its first shutout since 2011 (44-0 over Florida Atlantic) and its first against a Big Ten opponent since 1999 (34-0 at Northwestern).
He totaled five tackles, a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up in MSU's 42-28 Homecoming win over Indiana, as the Spartans limited IU to season lows in passing offense (259 yards) and total offense (351). The Hoosiers entered the game ranked ninth in the nation in total offense (535.0 ypg.) and 10th in passing offense (346.0 ypg.).
Dennard was selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording eight tackles and a career-high two interceptions in MSU's 26-14 win at Iowa. 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 out the Hawkeyes in the second half, as Iowa managed 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).
The Dry Branch, Ga., native was credited with five tackles, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), a QB hurry and two pass break-ups in MSU's 21-6 victory over South Florida. In the season opener, Dennard matched his career-high with three pass break-ups in MSU's 26-13 win over Western Michigan.
Dennard is in his third season as a starting cornerback for the Spartans. He has collected 161 tackles and 28 passes defended (18 pass break-ups, 10 interceptions) in 42 career games, including 38 starts (27 consecutive).
Calhoun leads the Spartans in quarterback hurries (17), QB hits (32) and sacks (7 for 42), and ranks second on the defense in tackles for loss (13.5 for 72 yards) and production points (227). He also ranks tied for second in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with four fumble recoveries, which is tied for fifth most in an MSU single-season. Calhoun has produced a tackle for loss in nine of his last 11 games; he ranks fifth in the Big Ten in sacks and tied for sixth in tackles for loss.
"Shilique Calhoun had a breakout year from his defensive end position," Dantonio said. "He's a high-motor guy, who has the knack for making big plays. Shilique has played at a consistently high level all year, not only pressuring the quarterback but playing versus the run as well."
Calhoun has been named to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given annually to the nation's top defensive end. He was added to the 2013 Paul Hornung Award Watch List after Week 3, which is awarded to the nation's most versatile player, and was named a Midseason All-American by SI.com (second team) and Phil Steele (second team).
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun produced a career-high seven tackles, including 2.5 for losses (12 yards) and a half sack (1 yard), in Michigan State's home finale against Minnesota, as the Spartans held the Gophers to a season-low three points.
He recorded career highs in tackles (6), tackles for loss (3 for 19 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 17) in Michigan State's 29-6 win over No. 23 Michigan. He also was credited with two QB hurries and a career-best seven QB hits.
Calhoun collected several weekly honors after scoring two touchdowns and recording two tackles for loss, including a 9-yard sack, in MSU's 21-6 win over South Florida on Sept. 7 at Spartan Stadium. He totaled 43.5 production points against the Bulls.
Calhoun was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, Chuck Bednarik Award 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. He also was selected CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. In addition, Calhoun was listed on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 2.
Calhoun scored two touchdowns against USF, returning a fumble 4 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and his first career interception 56 yards for another score in the third quarter. He was credited with three solo tackles against the Bulls, with two resulting in losses (12 yards) including a 9-yard sack, and two quarterback hurries. Michigan State's defense allowed 12 first downs, 89 rushing yards (2.5 yards per carry), 66 passing yards and 155 total yards against South Florida.
In 12 games, Calhoun has scored three defensive TDs, as he also returned a fumble 16 yards against Western Michigan. His three defensive TDs tie a modern-day Michigan State single-season record (games dating back to 1946), and he became the first Spartan to accomplish the feat in the first two games of the season. Calhoun is the first Spartan defensive player to score three TDs in one season since linebacker T.J. Turner accounted for three in 12 games in 1999 (88-yard interception return at Purdue; 26-yard fumble return at Northwestern; and 24-yard fumble return vs. Florida in 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl).
Calhoun is one of only two defensive players in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season to score three touchdowns this season.
A three-year starter at middle linebacker, Bullough earned his second-straight All-Big Ten First Team nod from the coaches and also was named to the first team by the media. Bullough ranks among the team's leaders in tackles (third with 64), quarterback hurries (tied for second with 10), tackles for loss (third with 9) and production points (third with 211). He was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
In his last appearance in Spartan Stadium, Bullough recorded nine tackles, including a 2-yard loss, as Michigan State completed its first-ever 8-0 Big Ten season with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota. Bullough also compiled nine tackles in the win at Nebraska on Nov. 16.
Bullough was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording a season-high 10 tackles in Michigan State's 14-0 win over Purdue, with two resulting in losses including a 7-yard sack that produced a fumble that senior Denicos Allen recovered and returned 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Bullough reached double-figure tackles for the seventh time in his career.
Bullough has led the Spartans in tackles the previous two seasons (89 in 2011; career-high 111 in 2012). He was re-elected as team captain and is just the third Spartan to be named a captain at least twice in the Dantonio era (Greg Jones, 2009-10; Kirk Cousins, 2009-11).
The Traverse City, Mich., native has 296 career tackles in 52 games, including a team-high 39 consecutive starts. He ranks 11th in MSU history with 30 tackles for loss (100 yards) in his career, including 7.5 sacks (48 yards), and ranks 19th in the school record book in tackles (296). Bullough also has 11 passes defended (three interceptions, eight pass break-ups) and four forced fumbles.
Drummond is having a career year in his second season as the starting free safety. The Masury, Ohio, native is tied for the team lead with four interceptions and also ranks among the team leaders in tackles (second with 81), passes defended (tied for second with 9), pass break-ups (tied for third with 5) and productions points (fourth with 202).
The 6-1, 200-pound Drummond tied his career high with 10 tackles in the regular-season finale against Minnesota. He recorded a career-best two interceptions (34 yards) and had six tackles and a pass break-up in the 30-6 win at Northwestern on Nov. 23, as Michigan State clinched the Big Ten Legends Division. At Nebraska on Nov. 16, Drummond led the team with 10 stops and also picked off a pass and forced a fumble as the Spartans won their first-ever game against the Cornhuskers.
Drummond led the secondary with 21 production points in the 29-6 win over No. 23 Michigan at Spartan Stadium on Nov. 3, and registered nine stops in the win over Purdue on Oct. 14. In the season opener against Western Michigan, Drummond recorded an interception, four tackles, a pass break-up, and scored on a 21-yard touchdown run off a lateral from linebacker Jairus Jones.
A three-year starting starter at strong safety, Lewis ranks tied for second on the team and 14th in the Big Ten with nine passes defended. He also ranks second on the team with seven pass break-ups and seventh with 41 tackles in 11 games, including 10 starts.
On Senior Day against Minnesota, Lewis registered six tackles, including a pass break-up, as the Spartans wrapped up their first perfect 8-0 season in the Big Ten. He recorded two tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass at Nebraska on Nov. 16, and tallied four stops, including a half sack, to go along with a pass break-up in the win over No. 23 Michigan on Nov. 3.
The Indianapolis, Ind., native picked off passes against Purdue and Illinois, and totaled a season-high seven tackles against South Florida on Sept. 7.
Lewis has 210 tackles and 25 passes defended (eight interceptions, 17 pass break-ups) in 51 career games, including 38 starts. He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media as a sophomore in 2011 and a honorable mention choice by the coaches and media last season.
Sadler, a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, has been named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches for a second-straight year. He is the fourth Spartan punter in school history to earn multiple first-team All-Big Ten accolades (Brandon Fields, Greg Montgomery and Ray Stachowicz).
An All-America candidate, Sadler has been a valuable weapon on special teams for the Spartans, as he ranks third in the Big Ten and 37th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in punting with his 42.4-yard average. He leads the FBS with 22 punts downed inside the 10-yard line (34 percent). Sadler also has had eight punts downed inside the 5, including three at the 1-yard line. In addition, he has 12 punts of 50-plus yards and opponents have collected just 94 punt return yards against the Spartans through 12 games.
Sadler averaged 40.6 yards on seven punts, including four kicks placed inside the 10-yard line, in Michigan State's 41-28 win at Nebraska, as the Spartans claimed at least a share of the Big Ten Legends Division title. His 56-yard punt in the first quarter was fumbled away to the Spartans at the Nebraska 8 and led to MSU's first touchdown. His 35-yard punt in the third quarter was downed by Kurtis Drummond at the Nebraska 1, and Tommy Armstrong Jr. fumbled on the next play, setting up another MSU touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter, Sadler ran 3 yards on a fake field goal for a first down to set up Connor Cook's 27-yard touchdown pass to Keith Mumphery.
In the 29-6 victory over Michigan, Sadler placed three of his five punts inside the 20, including two inside the 10. He dropped his only punt at Illinois, a 54-yarder, on the Illini 8-yard line, and placed three of his seven punts inside the 10 against Purdue.
He was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career and also the College Football Performance Awards' National Punter of the Week after averaging a career-best 59.2 yards on four punts in the win over Indiana, including a season-long 69 yarder in the fourth quarter.
Sadler downed four of his seven punts inside the 20 against South Florida, including a career-high four inside the 10 and three inside the 5. Overall against the Bulls, he totaled seven punts for 319 yards (45.6 average).
In the season opener against Western Michigan, Sadler placed a career-high six punts inside the 20 and tied his career high with 11 punts (38.5 avg.; 423 yards).
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sadler is in his third season as Michigan State's starting punter. He owns a career average of 42.4 yards per punt, which ranks sixth in MSU history. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches as a sophomore in 2012 after leading the conference and ranking 21st in the FBS, averaging 43.3 yards per punt.
Sadler is also in pursuit of his third Academic All-America honor. A two-time Academic All-America Second Team honoree, he was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 5 First Team for the third time in his career, making him eligible for Academic All-America honors this season. Sadler, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in applied engineering sciences while maintaining a 3.97 grade-point average, is currently pursuing his Ph.D in economics.
Denicos Allen, who also earned second-team honors from the media in 2011, leads the Spartan defense in tackles (83), tackles for loss (15 for 55 yards) and production points (301). The 5-foot-11, 218-pound Allen also ranks second on the team in sacks (5.5 for 38). He has been credited with seven quarterback hurries and 15 QB hits. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media.
Playing in Spartan Stadium for the final time on Senior Day, Allen tied his career high with 13 tackles, including two for losses (7 yards), as Michigan State completed its first-ever 8-0 Big Ten season with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota.
Allen, who set season highs for tackles for loss (3 for 20 yards) and sacks (2 for 18) in Michigan State's 29-6 victory over No. 23 Michigan, was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. He also earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after matching his season high with nine tackles against the Wolverines.
Michigan State limited the Wolverines to minus-48 yards rushing - the lowest single-game rushing total in U-M history. It also marked the fewest rushing yards allowed by MSU under head coach Mark Dantonio and tied for the third-fewest allowed in school history (school-record minus-63 rushing yards by Pittsburgh in 1960; minus-60 rushing yards by Pittsburgh in 1981; minus-48 rushing yards by Northwestern in 1983). It also marked the fewest rushing yards allowed by an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. The Spartans recorded season highs in tackles for loss (11 for 65 yards) and sacks (7 for 49). MSU recorded tackles for loss on the last three plays of the third quarter, including 1.5 sacks by Allen.
The Spartans permitted just 12 first downs and 168 total yards against the Wolverines. Michigan gained 51 yards on the game-opening drive and managed just 117 yards on its next 11 possessions. The Wolverines went just 2-of-14 on third-down conversions.
Allen recorded five tackles, with 2.5 resulting in losses (9 yards) including an 8-yard sack, in MSU's 42-3 win at Illinois. The Spartans held the Illini to eight first downs, 25 rushing yards (1.2 yards per carry) and 128 total yards. In the second half, MSU limited Illinois to only one first down and 18 total yards.
Allen registered eight tackles and scored his first career touchdown, returning a fumble 45 yards for a score in the second quarter, in MSU's 14-0 victory over Purdue. MSU's defense recorded its first shutout since 2011 (44-0 over Florida Atlantic) and its first against a Big Ten opponent since 1999 (34-0 at Northwestern). The Spartans limited Purdue to three first downs, 7 rushing yards (10 carries) and 113 total yards in the second half.
He recorded a team-high eight tackles, including two for losses (5 yards), in MSU's 42-28 Homecoming victory over Indiana. Allen also was credited with two quarterback hurries, as the Spartans limited IU to season lows in passing offense (259 yards) and total offense (351). The Hoosiers entered the game ranked ninth in the nation in total offense (535.0 ypg.) and 10th in passing offense (346.0 ypg).
Allen recorded a season-high nine tackles including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), in a 17-3 loss at No. 22 Notre Dame. MSU limited the Irish to 14 first downs, 82 rushing yards on 32 attempts (2.6 avg.) and 224 total yards. Notre Dame's 224 total yards marked the lowest figure in Brian Kelly's tenure as the Irish head coach.
He tallied eight stops, including a 2-yard sack, and two QB hurries in MSU's 21-6 win over South Florida. The Spartan defense allowed 12 first downs, 89 rushing yards, 66 passing yards and 155 total yards against USF, as the Bulls went one-of-13 (.077) on third-down conversions.
Allen produced five tackles, including a 6-yard sack, in MSU's 26-13 victory over Western Michigan in the season opener. The Spartan defense limited WMU to 11 rushing yards on 27 carries (0.4 avg.).
The Hamilton, Ohio, native ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss (third with 44.5) and sacks (sixth with 19.5). Allen has started 38 consecutive games at linebacker - the second-longest active streak on the team.
In his 11 starts (10-1 record), Cook completed 171-of-288 throws (.594) for 2,077 yards (188.8 per game), 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. In Big Ten play, Cook ranked among the conference leaders in passing yards (fourth at 213.5 ypg.), passing efficiency (fourth with a 138.6 rating), total offense (fifth at 215.6 ypg.) and touchdown passes (sixth with 12). Overall, he ranks tied for eighth in touchdown passes (17), total offense (184.2 ypg.) and passing (176.6 ypg.), and ninth in passing efficiency (132.6 rating).
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook recorded his sixth 200-yard passing game of the season, completing 16-of-23 throws for a career-high 293 yards and two touchdowns 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. Cook posted those impressive numbers despite facing a wind chill of 9 degrees and wind gusts from 21-29 mph. He threw scoring passes of 87 yards to Bennie Fowler in the second quarter and 15 yards to Josiah Price in the third quarter. His 87-yard TD strike to Fowler tied the fourth-longest passing play in MSU history. Cook also improved to 7-0 as a starter in Big Ten games.
He connected on 15-of-31 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown in MSU's first-ever win over Nebraska, 41-28, in Lincoln. On a third-and-13 play midway through the fourth quarter, he hooked up with Keith Mumphery for a 27-yard scoring play as MSU took a 34-21 lead.
Cook recorded his fifth 200-yard passing game of the season, completing 18-of-33 throws for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception in MSU's 29-6 win over Michigan. His 14-yard TD strike to Fowler in the back, right corner of the end zone with 23 seconds left in the first half gave MSU the lead for good at 13-6. Early in the fourth quarter, Cook scored his first career rushing TD on a 1-yard run as MSU built a 22-6 lead.
He completed 15-of-16 throws for 208 yards and three TDs in MSU's 42-3 victory at Illinois. His .938 completion percentage set the school single-game record and marked the seventh-best single-game total in Big Ten history. Cook's 264.8 passing efficiency rating against Illinois ranks as the fifth-best single-game total posted by a quarterback in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision this season and the best against a BCS opponent. He finished the game with 11-straight completions for 185 yards, including scoring tosses of 29 yards to Fowler, 13 yards to Price and a career-long 47 yards to Mumphery. It marked the first time a Spartan quarterback had completed 11 passes in a row since Kirk Cousins against Notre Dame in 2011. Cook completed passes to 10 different receivers. He led the Spartans to TDs on six consecutive possessions.
Cook hit 22-of-31 throws for 235 yards, two TDs and an interception in MSU's 42-28 Homecoming victory over Indiana. He threw TD passes of 11 yards to Jeremy Langford and 34 yards to Fowler in the second quarter. He completed passes to 11 different receivers.
Cook set career highs for pass completions (25), pass attempts (44) and passing yards (277) in MSU's 26-14 win at Iowa in his Big Ten debut. His 277 passing yards mark the second-highest single-game total by a Spartan quarterback against Iowa (Brian Hoyer threw for 308 yards at Iowa in 2007). Cook completed scoring strikes of 46 yards to Macgarrett Kings Jr. and 37 yards to Fowler. His 37-yard TD toss to Fowler gave MSU the lead for good at 17-14 early in the third quarter. He completed passes to nine different receivers. Cook also rushed six times for 21 yards to account for a career-best 298 total yards. He attempted 119 passes before throwing his first interception of the 2013 season (fourth quarter at Iowa).
In his first career road start at No. 22 Notre Dame, he hit 16-of-32 passes for 135 yards, including a 12-yard TD toss to Kings midway through the second quarter.
The Hinckley, Ohio, native recorded his first career 200-yard passing game in MSU's 55-17 victory over Youngstown State, completing 15-of-22 passes for 202 yards and a career-best four TDs. Cook became the first Spartan QB to throw four TD passes in a game since Brian Hoyer against Penn State in 2007. He also became the first MSU QB to throw four TD passes in a half since Drew Stanton had four scoring tosses in the first half at Illinois in 2005. Cook threw TD passes of 13 yards to Andre Sims Jr., 12 to Trevon Pendleton, 24 to Kings and 17 to Fowler. He finished with 227 total yards (202 passing and 25 rushing).
The leader of the offensive line, Treadwell is in his third year as a starter and second at left guard. He has played in 42 career games, including 22 starts on the offensive line (2011-13), and was elected a co-captain by his teammates prior to the season. Treadwell ranks first on the team with 66 knockdowns, including a team-best 20 dominators.
The East Lansing, Mich., native has been selected Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week seven times in the first 12 games (Western Michigan, South Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern).
Treadwell delivered some of his best performances of the season down the stretch. He tied for the team lead with three dominators and had 5.5 knockdowns total at Northwestern, delivered a season-high 11 knockdowns in win at Nebraska, and produced 10 knockdowns against No. 23 Michigan, including three dominators.
A Freshman All-American last season, center Jack Allen has started the last 10 games at center for the Spartans. Allen ranks third on the team with 60 knockdowns.
Allen missed the first two games of the season and returned to the starting lineup in Week 3 for the Youngstown State game. In the Big Ten opener at Iowa, Allen recorded a career-best 10 knockdowns, including 5.5 dominators, while playing 78 snaps as the Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes, 26-14. He was named the Spartan Lineman of the Week after posting six knockdowns, including two dominators, vs. Purdue. Allen produced nine knockdowns in the win over No. 23 Michigan and delivered 9.5 knockdowns, including two dominators, at Northwestern.
The 6-4, 298-pound Fonoti has played in 28 career games with the Spartans, including all 12 this season. Fonoti, who has started the last nine games at right tackle, has been credited with 39.5 knockdowns in 2013, including a season-high eight in the win at Nebraska on Nov. 16.
France, who is in his third year as a starter on the offensive line and first at right guard, ranks second on the team with 64.5 knockdowns, including 15.5 dominators. He delivered a career-high nine knockdowns in the win at Nebraska and was named the Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week against Michigan. France has played in 45 career games for MSU, including 36 starts on the offensive line.
Langford leads the team in rushing attempts (245), rushing yards (1,210), rushing TDs (16), scoring (102 points) and all-purpose yards (1,329). He ranks among the Big Ten leaders in rushing TDs (first with 16), total TDs (first with 17), scoring (third at 8.5 ppg.), rushing (sixth at 100.8 ypg.) and all-purpose yards (ninth with 110.8 ypg.). Sixty-nine of his 245 carries (28 percent) have resulted in either a TD or a first down.
The 6-foot, 206-pound Langford tied a school record by recording his seventh-straight 100-yard rushing game in Michigan State's 14-3 victory over Minnesota, with 21 rushes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Langford rushed for a career-high 151 yards on 32 carries at Nebraska, and followed that effort with a 150-yard performance on 25 carries at Northwestern. He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a career-high four touchdowns, including three rushing TDs, in MSU's 42-28 win over Indiana.
Geiger, a true freshman, ranks second on the team in scoring with 65 points. He has connected on 92 percent of his field-goal attempts (12-of-13), which ranks first in the Big Ten, including 6-of-6 from 40-plus yards. He also is 29-for-31 in point-after attempts. The Toledo, Ohio, native ranks ninth in the Big Ten in scoring (7.2 ppg.) and fifth in kick scoring. He has made 10 consecutive field goals, dating back to the Iowa game on Oct. 5.
Rush garnered honorable mention All-Big Ten honors for the third-straight season. A product of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rush has 25 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (38 yards) and a career-high five sacks (27 yards). Rush tied career highs with 2.5 tackles for loss (13 yards) and two sacks (12 yards) in the regular-season finale against Minnesota. A three-year starter at defensive end, Rush has 121 tackles, including 27 for losses (117 yards) and 11 sacks (71 yards) in 39 career games (38 starts).
A first-year starter at cornerback, Waynes picks up his first career Big Ten honors. He recorded a career-high two interceptions in the regular-season finale against Minnesota and has seven passes defended this season (two interceptions, five pass break-ups). Waynes has collected 43 tackles this season, including a career-high six in the Big Ten opener at Iowa.
Senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover was named Michigan State's nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Hoover, who received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, has collected 30 tackles, including four sacks (29 yards), in nine games of action this season.
2013 ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS - MICHIGAN STATE SELECTIONS
Second Team - Defense
Denicos Allen, LB