Senior running back Javon Ringer (on being named Associated Press First-Team All-American):

Michigan State

“I’m truly blessed to be named to the AP All-America First Team. It’s also a thrill to be joined in the backfield by ( Iowa running back) Shonn Greene.

“By playing for Michigan State , I’ve been fortunate enough to have an opportunity to perform on a national stage. In this offensive system, I’ve been asked to play an important role and that’s certainly not something that I’ve shied away from. I’ve taken my share of hard hits, but I’ve been fortunate to play the entire season with just some bumps and bruises. I also have to give credit to all of my teammates, but especially my offensive line, fullbacks and tight ends. Those are the guys that gave me room to showcase my ability.

“Since arriving at Michigan State , my focus has been on becoming a complete back; someone willing to do whatever it takes to win. I’ve prided myself on being a versatile, all-around back. I enjoy making plays not only as a runner but as a receiver, catching the ball out of the backfield. I also dedicated myself to becoming a solid blocker in pass protection.

“This is a great honor; however, there’s still more work to be done. This New Year’s Daybowl game is an important next step for this football program, and my teammates and I are focused on preparing to play an extremely talented Georgia team in the Capital One Bowl. Helping this team win a 10th football game would be the perfect way to close out my college career.”

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