Reveiver Tony Lippett caps big week with MSU MVP award

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing – It's been quite a week for Tony Lippett.

On Monday, the Michigan State senior was named honored by the Big Ten, taking home the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award and being named first team all-conference.

He capped things off on Sunday by winning the Governor's Award as Michigan State's most valuable player as voted by his teammates.

"I want to give a shoutout to my teammates," Lippett said on Sunday at MSU's awards banquet. "Those boys know I love them and I just try to work hard every day. I feel like I go out and compete and make plays and that's a tribute to them. They push me every day in practice – going at Kurtis (Drummond), Shilique (Calhoun) and Trae (Waynes). They all push me every day and I'm just glad I won this for them, not just myself."

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Lippett ranks first in the Big Ten and tied for 18th in the FBS with 93.7 receiving yards per game. He also leads the Big Ten and ranks tied for eighth in the FBS with 11 TD receptions, and his 18.7 reception average ranks third in the conference.

He has career highs in receptions (60), receiving yards (1,124) and touchdown catches (11) this season, is just the fourth Spartan in school history to record at least 50 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in a single-season (Plaxico Burress: 1999; Charles Rogers: 2001, 2002; B.J. Cunningham: 2011).

MSU AWARD WINNERS

Governor's Award (team MVP, voted on by teammates): Senior WR Tony Lippett

Downtown Coaches Club Award – Outstanding Senior on Offense: Lippett, RB Jeremy Langford

Downtown Coaches Club Award – Outstanding Senior on Defense: S Kurtis Drummond, DE Marcus Rush

Downtown Coaches Club Award – Outstanding Senior on Special Teams: P Mike Sadler

President's Award – Senior, Perseverance: Langford, Rush, LB Taiwan Jones, OL Connor Kruse

Up Front Award – Outstanding Lineman: Junior C Jack Allen, junior DE Shilique Calhoun

Clarence Underwood Sportsmanship Award: Senior WR Keith Mumphery

MSU Football Players Association Community Service Award: Mumphery

Outstanding Underclass Lineman: Sophomore OT Jack Conklin, junior LB Ed Davis

Outstanding Underclass Back: Junior QB Connor Cook, junior S RJ Williamson

Biggie Munn Award – Most Inspirational: Senior OG Travis Jackson, senior LB Mylan Hicks

Jim Adams Award – Unsung Heroes: Senior RB Nick Hill, junior CB Trae Waynes

Tommy Love Award – Most Improved: Junior WR Aaron Burbridge, junior DT Lawrence Thomas

Captains Award: Calhoun, Drummond, Jackson

Potsy Ross Award – Scholar-Athlete: Sadler

Danziger Award – Outstanding Detroit-Area Player: Lippett

Iron Man Award – Strength and Conditioning: Rush

Doug Weaver Oil Can – Team Humorist: Senior DT James Kittredge

Cowing Award – Senior Manager: Andrew Kolpacki

Con Demos Scholarship – Manager: Dan Kalchik

George Scofes – Outstanding Faculty: Dr. Linda Jackson (posthumously)