Five Michigan State players earned All-Big Ten honors as the conference announced its defensive all-league selections on Tuesday. The offensive teams will be announced on Wednesday.
For the second consecutive season, junior defensive lineman Malik McDowell was named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, while senior linebacker Riley Bullough was a third-team selection by the coaches and media.
Junior linebacker Chris Frey (media), senior cornerback Darian Hicks (coaches and media) and junior safety Montae Nicholson (coaches and media) were recognized as honorable mention.
McDowell had 34 tackles, including a team-best seven for losses in nine games. He missed the last three games of the season (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) due to an ankle injury he suffered at Illinois.
Bullough was a second-team pick by the coaches and a third-team selection by the media in 2015. A team captain, Bullough finished second on the team in tackles for loss with 6.5 and third in tackles with 76 despite missing three games because of a shoulder injury. His 8.4 tackles per game led the Spartans and tied for eighth best in the Big Ten in the regular season.