December 8, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior placekicker Paul Edinger, who hit a school-record 22 field goals in 1998, has been named a third-team All-American by Football News.
Edinger led the Big Ten and ranked No. 18 nationally in scoring at 8.55 points per game (94 total points). He also led the league and stood third in the NCAA in field goals at 2.0 made per game. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder connected on 22-of-26 field-goal attempts (.846), including eight-of-nine field-goal tries from 40-plus yards. The Lakeland, Fla., native converted a Spartan-record 13-consecutive field goals during a four-game stretch.
"Paul Edinger had a great year," Michigan State head coach Nick Saban said. "His stats speak for themselves. Paul was perhaps the most consistent placekicker in the country. He also did a great job on kickoffs this season."
Edinger was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after tying MSUs single-game record with five field goals vs. Northwestern. He was perfect on five field-goal attempts, hitting from 39, 46, 38, 21 and 30 yards.
He again tied the MSU single-game record with five field goals vs. Ohio State, including a career-long 49-yarder, to earn Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second-straight week.
Florida State's Sebastian Janikowski earned first-team All-America honors while Oregon's Nathan Villegas was named to the second team.
Michigan State's rookie punter Craig Jarrett, who ranked No. 12 nationally with his 43.8-yard average, received honorable mention All-America honors from the same publication.