Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/4/11

Michigan State freshman defensive end Marcus Rush has been selected Big Ten Freshman of the Week, after the Spartan defense led the team to a 10-7 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. It was Michigan State’s first win in Columbus since 1998.

Michigan State’s stout defense deserves some type of recognition after coming within 10 seconds of shutting out the Buckeyes.  The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Rush was instrumental for a defense that sacked the Buckeyes nine times. Rush had one of those sacks in the fourth quarter to go with his four tackles. Rush has been playing well all season, while starting every game thus far. Rush, a red-shirt freshman, has 18 tackles on the season, with 3.5 being tackles for loss.

Marcus Rush will only continue to get better as the season progresses.

“We’re not surprised that he’s become an impact player because of what we saw from him on film as a high school (Archbishop Moeller) player,” MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said.

The Spartans ended a seven game losing streak against the Buckeyes with yet another Ohio product playing a big role. Spartan stars Jerel Worthy and BJ Cunningham are among many other Spartans from Ohio. Rush wasn’t recruited by Ohio State. The Buckeyes may be rethinking that decision after seeing Rush perform Saturday.

“Marcus Rush played very well at Ohio State, but he’s really performed well since becoming a starter,” Dantonio said. “He’s an extremely intelligent and active player, who plays with a lot of energy. Marcus is an equally effective player either as a stand-up end or with his hand down in the turf. He’s emerged as a consistent playmaker on our defensive line.”

The Defensive line is a huge reason why the 4-1 Spartans are near the top or at the top of every defensive category. A defensive unit that allows just 10.2 points a game will keep you in every game, and Big Ten Freshman of the Week Marcus Rush is a big part of that.

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