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The Only Vote: Help pick the MSU Football Midseason Awards

Vote on MVPs, best plays and other stuff

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Six games down, at least six to go.

With the regular season halfway settled, we need your help. We need you to vote on the very prestigious-yet-unofficial MSU Football Midseason Awards. Come on, Mark Dantonio would (probably) want you to do this.

Voting ends at 3 p.m. Friday. Tell your friends.

Offensive MVP

Brian Allen: He’s the leader of the Spartans blocking unit that’s letting the run game average 4.5 yards per carry. He’s also had a big hand in the passing game, leading the unit that’s only given up six sacks so far.

Brian Lewerke: Plenty to say about the redshirt sophomore who’s thrown for 1,177 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Of course, we all know the threat he is on the ground with 318 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

LJ Scott: After running for a trillion yards against Minnesota, Scott is now the leading rusher on the team with 408 yards on 4.9 yards per carry in five games played. Add three touchdowns on the season – two of which came in his massive Minneosta performance – and Scott starting to find his game.

Darrell Stewart: With 114 rushing yards and 237 receiving yards, Stewart has been the speedy do-it-all guy that has generated momentum-swinging plays for the Spartans.


Who is the Midseason Offensive MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Brian Allen
    (118 votes)
  • 67%
    Brian Lewerke
    (306 votes)
  • 0%
    LJ Scott
    (4 votes)
  • 5%
    Darrell Stewart
    (25 votes)
453 votes total Vote Now

Defensive MVP

Joe Bachie: Bachie has been on a tear all season, leading the Spartans with 50 tackles. That also includes racking up double-digit tackles in three games. With two sacks and an interception as well, Bachie has made it clear he’s the leader of the defense.

Josiah Scott: Huge season so far by the true freshman that has shut down opposing receivers all year. Scott has three pass breakups, one forced fumble and an interception on the season where quarterbacks are just refusing to throw his way.

Kenny Willekes: Willekes has been an animal this year, leading the team with four sacks with two coming in each of the last two games. He also has a team-high eight tackles for loss and had one fumble recovery deep in Minnesota’s zone.


Who is the Midseason Defensive MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Joe Bachie
    (381 votes)
  • 3%
    Josiah Scott
    (17 votes)
  • 9%
    Kenny Willekes
    (43 votes)
441 votes total Vote Now

Best Touchdown

Lewerke’s dash vs. WMU: Lewerke showed everyone who White Lightning was with his 61-yard dash to the end zone to open up scoring against Western Michigan.

Lewerke’s run vs. UM: No one open? Cool, Lewerke decided he would take matters into his own hands and run the ball to the end zone himself.

London’s screen TD vs. UM: Beautiful play call on the 16-yard touchdown that was the eventual game-winner against Michigan.

Felton Davis goes Randy Moss on Iowa: Felton Davis straight-up disrespected the entire state of Iowa with his second touchdown grab in the 17-10 win over the Hawkeyes.


What play wins the Best Touchdown?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Lewerke’s dash vs. WMU
    (30 votes)
  • 28%
    Lewerke’s run vs. UM
    (129 votes)
  • 53%
    London’s screen TD vs. UM
    (237 votes)
  • 11%
    Felton Davis Moss’ing Iowa
    (51 votes)
447 votes total Vote Now

Best Offensive Play (non-touchdown)

Stewart’s catch vs. UM: Darrell Stewart’s 30 yard catch brought MSU right outside the red zone to eventually set up London’s game-winning touchdown.

Lewerke’s first down vs. UM: With the assist of Brian Allen, Lewerke picked up a crucial first down on 3rd-and-3 to allow the Spartans to shave more time off the clock.


What play wins Best Offensive Play (non-touchdown)

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Stewart’s catch vs. UM
    (212 votes)
  • 50%
    Lewerke’s first down vs. UM
    (219 votes)
431 votes total Vote Now

Best Defensive Play

Tyson Smith’s pick six vs. BGSU: Months after suffering a stroke, Tyson Smith put an exclamation point on the 35-10 win against Bowling Green.

David Dowell’s INT vs. UM: Dowell’s first of two interceptions looked like it even surprised him as he snagged it after batting the ball with his forearm.

Justin Layne forces fumble vs. UM: With the clock nearing halftime, Layne’s forced fumble and David Dowell’s recovery kept UM off the board.

Joe Bachie’s INT vs. Iowa: With Iowa slamming on the door at the five yard line, Bachie came up with a much-needed turnover to keep it a 14-7 game.


What play wins Best Defensive Play?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Tyson Smith’s pick six
    (109 votes)
  • 13%
    David Dowell’s INT vs. UM
    (60 votes)
  • 44%
    Justin Layne’s forced fumble vs. UM
    (192 votes)
  • 16%
    Joe Bachie’s INT vs. Iowa
    (73 votes)
434 votes total Vote Now

Best Position Group

Defensive line: The defensive line has generated seven sacks and has been integral in holding opposing rush offenses to just 2.9 yards per carry. This is night and day from where this unit was last season.

Linebackers: Between seasoned veteran Chris Frey, returning starter Andrew Dowell and fresher face Joe Bachie, the linebacker corps has been amongst the conference’s best. That trio has a combined 120 tackles and 6.5 sacks, and true freshman Antjuan Simmons has also had his moments too with 15 tackles on the season.

Secondary: With Justin Layne and Josiah Scott locking down at cornerback and Khari Willis, David Dowell and Matt Morrissey rotating at safety, the No Fly Zone is starting to make a return. Opposing teams are passing under 50 percent against the Spartans, and that crew is obviously a huge reason why.

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Offensive line: Holding the opposition to just six sacks this season and helping the ground game average 192 yards per game has this offensive line showing how important the position is.

Running backs: After six games the trio of LJ Scott, Madre London and Gerald Holmes have a total of 769 yards and five touchdowns.

Wide receivers: Felton Davis and Darrell Stewart are the two biggest names in this group, combining for 537 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Hunter Rison and Trishton Jackson have also shown flashes of solid play as well.


Who wins Best Position Group?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Defensive line
    (94 votes)
  • 58%
    (248 votes)
  • 9%
    (40 votes)
  • 5%
    Offensive line
    (25 votes)
  • 0%
    Running backs
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Wide receivers
    (14 votes)
423 votes total Vote Now

Best Uniform Combo

All white everything

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All green everything

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White pants, green jersey, white helmet

NCAA Football: Iowa at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

White pants, green jersey, green helmet

NCAA Football: Bowling Green at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

White pants, white jersey, green helmet

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


What is the best uniform combo?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    All white
    (164 votes)
  • 17%
    All green
    (73 votes)
  • 19%
    White pants, green jersey, white helmet
    (85 votes)
  • 11%
    White pants, green jersey, green helmet
    (47 votes)
  • 13%
    White pants, white jersey, green helmet
    (57 votes)
426 votes total Vote Now