Two Michigan State players, Michigan's Kwity Paye earn All-Big Ten defensive honors

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Two Michigan State players and one from Michigan were named to All-Big Ten defensive teams on Wednesday.

Michigan State cornerback Shakur Brown was named first-team all-Big Ten on Wednesday by the coaches.

Michigan State redshirt junior cornerback Shakur Brown was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second-team by the media, while senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons earned third-team honors from the coaches and second-team from the media.

Kwity Paye was Michigan’s only defensive representative on the defensive teams. Paye, a defensive end, was voted All-Big Ten second team by the media. Paye, defensive tackle Carlo Kemp and safety Daxton Hill were honorable mention by the coaches.

Michigan State fifth-year senior defensive end Drew Beesley was named honorable mention on both teams.

Brown, who announced this week he is planning to enter the NFL Draft, is the co-leader nationally this season with five interceptions. Paye had 16 tackles, including four for loss, in four games. 

Simmons, who earned honorable mention honors last season, leads the Spartans with 75 tackles, recording 10 or more tackles in six of Michigan State’s seven games.

Iowa defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon was named the conference's defensive player of the year.

There were no Wolverines or Spartans on the first, second or third teams on offense. Michigan running back Hassan Haskins was honorable mention by coaches and media, while right tackle Andrew Stueber was honorable mention as voted by coaches.

The All-Big Ten special teams will be released Thursday.

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