Malik McDowell, a sophomore defensive tackle from Southfield High, on Monday was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after getting eight tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in Michigan State's win over Maryland.
McDowell's 4.5 TFL are a career high and the second most by a Big Ten player this season. Northwestern's Dean Lowry had six against Northwestern.
Maryland had just 289 yards of total offense against the Spartans, who prevailed, 24-7.
"Malik McDowell played a vital role in our defensive effort against Maryland," MSU defensive line coach Ron Burton said. "Malik was aggressive at the point of attack, which allowed him to be disruptive in the backfield. His physicality really was the difference."
McDowell has 35 tackles on the season, 10.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks.
BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
CO-OFFENSE: QB Jake Rudock, Michigan; WR Jehu Chesson, Michigan.
DEFENSE: DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K Griffin Oakes, Indiana.
FRESHMAN: RB Shannon Brooks, Minnesota.