Monday, October 12, 2009

Way to go DANNY!!!

Yep...the DANNY FORTENER that intercepted an Illini pass for a touchdown for Michigan State is Fort's cousin...found this article - I KNOW she would be posting this!

Danny Fortener returns to Spartans' starting lineup, takes interception back for touchdown
By Steve Grinczel
October 10, 2009, 8:30PM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- There is no better living example of fortitude on the Michigan State football team than Danny Fortener.

Throughout his career, Fortener has been the defensive back who gets results more on savvy and guile than on talent and ability. He started nine of 13 games last season as a junior and the first two games of this season.

Then, sophomore Trenton Robinson moved ahead of Fortener in practice and won the starting free safety position against Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Fortener didn’t waiver, however, and when the game against the Wolverines went into overtime, he made the critical deflection of Tate Forcier’s pass into the end zone, which cornerback Chris L. Rucker intercepted. Three plays later, MSU freshman running back Larry Caper scored the game-winning touchdown.

Fortener was back in the starting lineup for Saturday’s 24-14 victory against Illinois in Memorial Stadium.

On the first possession in the second half, Fortener intercepted Eddie McGee’s pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to secure 24-0 lead.

“They’ve been throwing that same route a lot and I made a good break on the ball,” Fortener said. “He kind of lofted it up to where I could just jump up and get it.

“I knew I was gone. I didn’t see anyone near me and wanted to get to the end zone as fast as I could to celebrate with my teammates.”

The interception was Fortener’s first of the season, third of his career and first for a touchdown.

“It was one of the big plays of the game,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said.
Fortener wasn’t discouraged after his situation changed so dramatically earlier in the season.

“It’s been up and down, but you have to have a team mentality,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep my head up and when the other guy goes in, you just have to root him on because we’re still Michigan State.

“What I’ve been doing is just work extra hard to make my way back.”

Spartans forces sixth turnover
Fortener’s interception was MSU’s only takeaway of the game and only the sixth of the season. The Spartans started the game with the fewest takeaways in the Big Ten and were 10th in turnover margin at minus-0.8.

“Anytime you get an interception for a touchdown, it gets addicting because then somebody else wants one,” MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. “It just comes down to making plays. (Fortener) is a good football player.”

Racking up the yards
Michigan State rushed for 193 yards against the Illini a week after gaining 197 against Michigan for its best back-to-back rushing performances since rushing for 238 against Eastern Michigan, 259 against Florida Atlantic, 203 against Notre Dame and 189 against Indiana in game Nos. 2-5 last season.

Tackle leaders
The Spartans’ six quarterback sacks gave them a two-game total of 10. Middle linebacker Greg Jones led MSU with 11 tackles, including one sack, and Fortener had 11 tackles.

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