Greg Jones Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
The Big Ten
Greg Jones, Michigan State
SR, LB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
Jones racked up a season-high 14 tackles and added a pass breakup and quarterback hurry against Illinois to help Michigan State hold a Big Ten opponent without a touchdown for the first time since 2003. The senior linebacker recorded double-figures in tackles for the second time this season and the 20th time in his career. With the Illini leading 6-3 at halftime, the Spartan defense blanked Illinois in the second half while forcing three turnovers to produce four takeaways in the game. MSU held the Illini to 114 rushing yards, more than 100 yards below their season average. The last time Michigan State held a conference team without a touchdown was Oct. 4, 2003, against Indiana. The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year earns his second player of the week honor this season and in his career, after being honored earlier this season on Sept. 27.
LAST MSU DEFENSIVE POW: S Trenton Robinson on Oct. 11, 2010.