Kurtis Drummond already had been named the Big Ten defensive back of the year, but another major postseason honor came his way Wednesday.
The Spartans senior safety was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
“Kurtis Drummond is one of the smartest players that I've ever coached,” Michigan State secondary coach Harlon Barnett said in a statement. “He’s like a coach on the field. Kurtis is a solid all-around safety. He’s a solid tackler in the open field, an outstanding cover guy, and he has great ball skills.”
Drummond already was named second-team All-American by USA Today, third team by The Associated Press and Athlon Sports and honorable mention by Sports Illustrated. He had 65 tackles, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups this season.
Michigan State junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun earned second team honors from the FWAA after being named first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.
“Shilique Calhoun is a guy up front that faced a bunch of double teams as well as offenses sliding protections to his side,” defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. “He's a guy that if an offense is going to attempt to block him one-on-one, we had great confidence that he could beat a blocker and put pressure on the quarterback. I happened to recruit him as well, and he's a super person and a leader on our defense.”
Calhoun had 6.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss this season.
Drummond was one of seven Big Ten players on the first team as he was joined by Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and Maryland kicker Brad Craddock.