Darqueze Dennard fell just short of the top spot in the 2013 Big Ten final player countdown, but the Michigan State cornerback was one of six Spartans that made the cut, the most of any school.
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Darqueze Dennard

Defensive Back | Michigan State

Dennard broke the SEC's streak of four straight Jim Thorpe winners by taking home the award for the nation's top DB last week. He also is the first from Michigan State to win the award. Dennard finished the season with 59 tackles, 10 pass breakups, 4 interceptions and 5 quarterback hurries. Those numbers probably could've been higher, but teams often elected to not even throw in his direction, which earned him the nickname "No Fly Zone." He also won the Big Ten's Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, and was  named to the Walter Camp All-America team.
-- Chantel Jennings