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.
“Le’Veon Bell finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leading rusher,” MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. “He was a workhorse throughout the season and he finished strong (averaged 195.7 yards over the last three games). 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.”
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 Purdue’s Bob Griese and Drew Brees
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Allen Robinson, Penn State
Named for Wisconsin’s Pat Richter and Michigan’s Desmond Howard
Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Named for Wisconsin’s Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Named for Penn State’s Ted Kwalick and Iowa’s Dallas Clark
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Named for Nebraska’s Dave Rimington and Ohio State’s Orlando Pace
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: John Simon, Ohio State
Named for Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and Penn State’s Courtney Brown
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Michael Mauti, Penn State
Named for Illinois’ Dick Butkus and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Micah Hyde, Iowa
Named for Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Purdue’s Rod Woodson
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brett Maher, Nebraska, and Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
Named for Wisconsin’s Jim Bakken and Michigan State’s Morten Andersen
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Will Hagerup, Michigan
Named for Illinois’ Dike Eddleman and Michigan State’s Brandon Fields
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