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Michigan State's Dennard captures Jim Thorpe Award

Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard has been named the winner of the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.

Dennard led the Big Ten-champion Spartans in passes defended (14), pass break- ups (10) and interceptions (4) and finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles.

Dennard beat out fellow cornerbacks Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State.

12/12 20:00:43 ET

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