Fields named first team All-American

(EAST LANSING) - Punter Brandon Fields, who led the nation in punting average at 47.9 was named to the first team NCAA All-American football team.

Fields, was also named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter, but lost out in cerermonies last night in Orlando, FL. The MSU junior punter was also named first team all-Big Ten after booting 23 punts longer than 50 yards.

His career 47.1-yard punting average ranks No. 1 on MSU's and the Big Ten's all-time lists

MSU center Chris Morris was named to the Academic All-American team for the third year in a row. Morris sports a 3.26 average as a finance major. He joins tweleve other Spartans who were named to the Big Ten all-Academic team.

"The bottom line is that the student-athletes are here to receive an education," Spartan head coach John L. Smith said. "Our philosophy is that our student-athletes can excel in the classroom while pursuing excellence on the playing field. Those two objectives go hand-in-hand. If our players aren't willing to put forth the effort in the classroom, then they aren't going to get snaps on Saturdays." Recommended Stories

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