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White selected Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

Published 8:47am Wednesday, October 21, 2009

EAST LANSING – Michigan State fifth-year senior Blair White, who set career highs for receptions (12) and receiving yards (186) and matched his career-best with two touchdown receptions in the Spartans’ 24-14 Homecoming victory over Northwestern, has been selected Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

White shares the honor with Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell. This week’s award winners were announced live Sunday on the Big Ten Network’s Big Ten Tonight.

In addition to his selection as Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, White has been named National Wide Receiver of the Week  (shares honor with Bowling Green’s Freddie Barnes) by the College Football Performance Awards.

His 12 catches (fourth) and 186 receiving yards (10th) rank among the top single-game totals in Spartan history. In addition, his 186 receiving yards are the highest single-game figure in the Big Ten and the ninth-best single-game total in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision this season. White scored on TD grabs of 22 and 47 yards from Kirk Cousins in the third quarter against the Wildcats. It marked White’s third 100-yard receiving game of the season and the fifth of his career.

“Blair White had his usual outstanding game,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. “He certainly made the most of his opportunities to make plays against Northwestern. Blair does a great job of executing, especially in pressure situations. He plays with great confidence and toughness, and he rarely drops the football.

“Blair certainly has raised his level of play to where he’s now consistently performing like an all-league player.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound White leads the Spartans in receptions (45), receiving yards (635) and touchdown catches (6). He ranks among the Big Ten leaders in TD receptions (second), receiving yards (fourth at 90.7 per game) and receptions (fifth at 6.4 per game). White also is listed among the NCAA leaders in both receiving yards (No. 25) and receptions (tied for No. 27).

Twenty-nine of his 45 catches (64 percent) have produced either a first down or a score, including 11 gains of 20 or more yards. He has caught at least one pass in 18 consecutive games.

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