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Kenny Willekes became Michigan State football’s third defensive end in school history to twice earn first-team All-Big Ten honors.

The senior was named to the media’s first team Tuesday for the second straight season, joining Bubba Smith (1965-66) and Shilique Calhoun (2013-14).

Willekes also was a second-team selection by the league’s coaches a year after he was the Big Ten’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. He was a third-team selection by both coaches and the media as a sophomore in 2017.

Michigan State Spartans defensive end Kenny Willekes (48) celebrates his sack vs. Illinois during the first half Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at Spartan Stadium. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)

Willekes broke Julian Peterson’s school record for tackles for a loss on Saturday against Maryland and has 49.5 for his career. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound former walk-on leads the Spartans with nine sacks among his 14.5 tackles for a loss and 69 stops overall this season. He also has a team-best 16 QB hurries.

Defensive tackle Raequan Williams was a second-team pick by the media and a third-team pick by the coaches after being on the 2018 third team by both groups. The senior has five sacks among seven tackles for loss and seven more QB hurries this season along with 41 tackles. Williams also tied Calhoun’s Mark Dantonio-era record with his 41st straight start (Saturday against Maryland).

Josiah Scott also was named to the second team by the Big Ten media. The junior cornerback got his career-best third interception against Maryland and has a team-leading eight pass breakups with 50 tackles.

Suspended senior linebacker Joe Bachie earned third-team honors from the media despite missing the final four games of the regular season for a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Bachie, who led MSU in tackles with 71 in eight games, was a first-team selection by the coaches and second team by the media in 2018. He also had 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception in his final season.

Contact Chris Solari at csolari@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari. Read more on the Michigan State Spartans and sign up for our Spartans newsletter. …read more

Source:: Daily Times

      

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Michigan State football DE Kenny Willekes earns back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten honors

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