Spartans Receive All-Conference Honors

Defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic, who finished conference play with 6.5 tackles-for-loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles, made the first team on the media's ballot, the only Spartan to receive such an honor.

Big Ten coaches and the media singled out eight Spartans for honors in voting for All-Conference teams.

Defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic, who finished conference play with 6.5 tackles-for-loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles, made the first team on the media's ballot, the only Spartan to receive such an honor.

The media also honored a trio of Spartan offensive stars. Running back Javon Ringer, with 947 rushing yards in conference, wide receiver Devin Thomas, with 1633 all-purpose yards and left tackle Peter Clifford all made the media's second team.

Saint-Dic's fellow defensive end, Ervin Baldwin, tight end Kellen Davis, quarterback Brian Hoyer, and safety Travis Key all received honorable mentions from the media.

Baldwin complimented Saint-Dic all season and made 12.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with 6 sacks in conference play. Davis made a number of important catches in conference, most notably in the final game against Penn State, and finished with 19 receptions for 337 yards. Hoyer finished his first year of Big Ten play as starting QB completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 1825 yards. Key, a captain and former walk-on, was fifth on the team in conference games with 41 tackles to go along with one interception.

The coach's voting had no Green and White athletes on the first team, but placed Ringer, Thomas and Saint-Dic on the second team.

Honorable mentions included running back Jehuu Caulcrick, who led the team in scoring through the Big Ten slate with 15 touchdowns for 90 points, Davis and Baldwin.

Ringer was also an honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. As defined on the Big Ten Web site, the award is given to "individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior."

All-Conference distinctions for Spartan football players should come in handy as the recruiting season heats up. As coach Mark Dantonio works to rebuild the traditions of Michigan State, such honors will go a long way toward convincing recruits the Spartans are built to compete.

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