MSU's Dennard Named Finalist for Nagurski Trophy

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Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard has been named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player. Dennard becomes the first Spartan in school history to be selected as a finalist for the award. The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Dennard previously was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best defensive back. He leads the Spartans in passes defended (10), pass break-ups (7) and interceptions (3). He ranks fifth on the team in tackles (38) and production points (149). Dennard has been credited with two tackles for losses (4 yards) and is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in passes defended (1.0 per game). Big Ten players have claimed the Nagurski Trophy on five occasions, including two-time honoree Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern.

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