Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for performance against Maryland.

Michigan State sophomore defensive tackle Malik McDowell was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Maryland in the Spartans 24-7 win on Saturday.

Michigan State sophomore defensive tackle Malik McDowell posted career highs in tackles and tackles for loss while also being credited with a half-a-sack and forcing a fumble on Saturday in the Spartans 24-7 win over Maryland.

“Malik McDowell played a vital role in our defensive effort against Maryland,” said Spartans defensive line coach Ron Burton.  “Malik was aggressive at the point of attack, which allowed him to be disruptive in the backfield.  His physicality really was the difference.”

McDowell ranks second on the team and 15th in the Big Ten with 10.5 tackles for loss.  This is the ninth time a Spartan has been recognized by the Big Ten with a weekly award this season and the first for McDowell.  In 2015, Michigan State has earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Week honor four times.

                  Set career highs with eight tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in Michigan State’s victory over Maryland

                  Also registered a forced fumble and a half sack

                  Anchored a Spartan defense that recorded a season-best five takeaways

                  Earns his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

                  Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Shilique Calhoun (Oct. 19, 2015)


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