Two Spartans Earn All-Big Ten Honors
The Big Ten recognized Riley Bullough's and Malik McDowell's individual performances even though Michigan State finished 3-9 and close to last place in their league. McDowell was voted to second team All-Big Ten and Bullough to the third team both with injury-shortened seasons.
In 2016, Riley became the fourth Bullough to record 200+ tackles in an MSU uniform joining his Uncle Chuck, his father Shane and his brother Max. During his senior season he recorded 58 tackles and 5.5 were for a loss.
The 6-6 interior linemen posted 34 tackles, 1.5 sacks and made seven tackles behind the line but didn't not live up to expectations following his sophomore campaign. McDowell is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Not only was a 3-9 record a first in the Dantonio era but this is the first season that Dantonio did not produce a first team All-Big ten player on defense. Offensive Big Ten awards will be announced tomorrow.