Five Spartans named to All-Big Ten first team
Although the MSU football might not be planning a trip to Indianapolis this December, at least five Spartans will be receiving some hardware courtesy of the conference.
The Big Ten announced its conference honors as selected by the coaches and media Monday night, and five players found themselves named to the first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, including junior running back Le’Veon Bell, who was named to the first-tem by the media as well.
Bell is ranked third in the nation for rushing, averaging 137.3 yards per game, which also puts him atop the Big Ten. His 266-yard rushing performance at Minnesota on Saturday was his seventh 100 yard rushing game of the year, and his third of more than 200 yards.
“Le’Veon Bell finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leading rusher,” head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement to the MSU athletics department. “He was a workhorse throughout the season and he finished strong. Le’Veon provided consistent production, and over the last three games, he really showed what he could do once he got to the second level of the defense.”
Bell also raked in Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Golden Gophers, his third of the season.
The other four Spartans honored by the coaches were junior linebacker Max Bullough, senior cornerback Johnny Adams, junior cornerback Darqueze Dennard and sophomore punter Mike Sadler. Bullough, Adams, Dennard and Sadler were also named the media’s second-team selections.
Junior tight end Dion Sims was named to both the coaches’ and media’s second team lists, while junior defensive end William Gholston pulled in second-team media honors, and coaches honorable mention.
Senior guard Chris McDonald, juniors linebacker Denicos Allen and safety Isaiah Lewis and sophomore defensive end Marcus Rush rounded out the honorable mention selections for the Spartans, each being tapped by both the coaches and media.
The five first team selections are the most for MSU since 1999.
The honor for MSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, presented to each a student-athlete from each team who exhibits sportsmanship and ethical behavior, went to sophomore wide receiver Keith Mumphery.