Junior running back Le’Veon Bell highlighted the All-Big Ten selections for the Michigan State football team, being selected to the first team by both the media and coaches Monday.
Bell ranks third nationally and first in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game at 137.3. His 350 carries led the nation. Bell has gained 834 of his 1,648 rushing yards after contact and has broken 17 tackles this season according to STATS.
â€śLeâ€™Veon Bell finished the regular season as the Big Tenâ€™s leading rusher,â€ť MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. â€śHe was a workhorse throughout the season and he finished strong (averaged 195.7 yards over the last three games).Â Leâ€™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.â€ť
A total of seven starters on MSU’s defense that finished ranked first in the conference and fourth nationally in total defense earned All-Big Ten recognition.
MSU senior cornerback Johnny Adams, junior middle linebacker Max Bullough, junior corner Darqueze Dennard and sophomore punter Mike Sadler were each named First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches.
No other MSU players besides Bell were selected First Team All-Big Ten by the media. Junior tight end Dion Sims, junior defensive end William Gholston, Adams, Bullough, Dennard and Sadler were each selected Second Team All-Big Ten by the media.
Junior linebacker Denicos Allen, junior safety Isaiah Lewis, senior right guard Chris McDonald and sophomore defensive end Marcus Rush were each selected honorable mention selections by both the coaches and media. Gholston was named honorable mention by the coaches.
Sophomore receiver Keith Mumphery was MSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
The complete Big Ten teams are listed here – http://btn.com/2012/11/26/your-2012-all-big-ten-conference-football-team/
Here’s looking at the Big Ten major award winners.
Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Named for Purdueâ€™s Bob Griese and Drew Brees
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Allen Robinson, Penn State
Named for Wisconsinâ€™s Pat Richter and Michiganâ€™s Desmond Howard
Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Named for Wisconsinâ€™s Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Named for Penn Stateâ€™s Ted Kwalick and Iowaâ€™s Dallas Clark
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Named for Nebraskaâ€™s Dave Rimington and Ohio Stateâ€™s Orlando Pace
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: John Simon, Ohio State
Named for Michigan Stateâ€™s Bubba Smith and Penn Stateâ€™s Courtney Brown
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Michael Mauti, Penn State
Named for Illinoisâ€™ Dick Butkus and Northwesternâ€™s Pat Fitzgerald
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Micah Hyde, Iowa
Named for Ohio Stateâ€™s Jack Tatum and Purdueâ€™s Rod Woodson
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brett Maher, Nebraska, and Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
Named for Wisconsinâ€™s Jim Bakken and Michigan Stateâ€™s Morten Andersen
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Will Hagerup, Michigan
Named for Illinoisâ€™ Dike Eddleman and Michigan Stateâ€™s Brandon Fields
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