Center Jack Allen, wide receiver Aaron Burbridge and defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas are scheduled to participate in the 67th annual Senior Bowl.
Aaron Burbridge named Receiver of the Year, Connor Cook named Quarterback of the Year.
Senior Aaron Burbridge leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (374) and touchdown receptions (4) while ranking second in catches (20).
Burbridge recorded career highs in receptions (8), receiving yards (156) and touchdown catches (3) in the win over Air Force.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.
Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
The Spartans topped Iowa in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
USATSI Photos of Michigan State Football vs. Maryland
The Spartans traveled to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday night.
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Air Force.
Michigan State vs. Rutgers (USATSI)
• 2015 BIG TEN RECEIVER OF THE YEAR
• 2015 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (COACHES, MEDIA)
• 2015 BIG TEN STAT CHAMPION IN RECEPTIONS (85) AND RECEIVING YARDS (1,258)
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner had 165 catches for 2,174 yards (13.2 avg.) and 10 touchdowns in 51 career games, including 23 starts . . . finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in receptions (second with 165), 100-yard receiving games (fifth with eight), receiving yards (seventh with 2,174) and TD catches (tied for 20th with 10) . . . one of only two Spartans with more than 150 career receptions (record-holder is B.J. Cunningham with 218 from 2008-11) . . . also had 149 rushing yards on 22 carries (6.8 avg.) . . . accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Had 12 catches for 118 yards in four bowl games . . . had five receptions for 39 yards in the College Football Playoff Semifinal vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . caught four passes for 57 yards, including a season-long 39-yard reception, in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . played in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford, but did not have a reception . . . had three catches for 22 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown from Cook in the third quarter, in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU.
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Named the 2015 Richter-Howard Big Ten Receiver of the Year, the second straight Spartan to win the award (Tony Lippett, 2014) . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . also named first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press, Athlon Sports, BTN.com, ESPN.com and Phil Steele . . . SI.com honorable mention All-American . . . led the Big Ten in receptions with 85 (6.1 pg.), which also set an MSU single-season record . . . also led the Big Ten in receiving yards with 1,258 (89.9 ypg.), the fifth-highest single-season total in MSU history . . . became just the third Spartan to lead the Big Ten in receiving yards (Charles Rogers, 2002; Lippett, 2014) and the second to lead the conference in receptions (Kirk Gibson, 1976 and 1978) . . . also led the team and ranked ninth in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (1,302; 93.0 ypg.) . . . became just the seventh Spartan to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single-season . . . ranked among MSU's single-season leaders in receptions (first with 85), 100-yard receiving games (tied for second with 7), receiving yards (fifth with 1,258) and TD catches (tied for 12th with 7) . . . ranked among the FBS leaders in receiving yards (16th with 1,258), receiving yards per game (19th with 89.9 ypg.) and receptions (29th at 6.1 pg.) . . . had seven 100-yard receiving games, one shy of the MSU single-season record (B.J. Cunningham, eight, 2011), including a stretch of four straight games (Rutgers, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska) . . . ranked first on the team with seven TD catches, which tied for fourth most in the Big Ten . . . led MSU in receiving in 12 of 14 games . . . had 21 receptions of 20-plus yards . . . 61 of his 85 catches resulted in either a touchdown or first down (72 percent) . . . had five receptions for 39 yards in the College Football Playoff Semifinal vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa, established a new Michigan State single-season record for receptions with his 80th catch of the year on a third-and-8 play in the fourth quarter that kept MSU's eventual game-winning touchdown drive alive; the 16-yard grab was his fifth of the game and he finished with a team-high five receptions for 61 yards . . . led team with six catches for 75 yards on Senior Day vs. Penn State, including a 29-yard touchdown reception from Connor Cook in the third quarter in which he eluded several tacklers on his way into the end zone . . . had a game-high four receptions for 62 yards in the win at No. 2 Ohio State . . . tied his career high with 10 catches and established a career high for receiving yards with 164 at Nebraska; also had a 33-yard TD catch in the third quarter . . . his 164 receiving yards were the most ever by a Spartan wide receiver against the Huskers . . . had eight receptions for 128 yards, including an 11-yard TD grab, against Indiana . . . in MSU's 27-23 win over No. 12 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 17, hauled in nine catches for 132 yards while being matched up against Wolverine senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who was named an All-American by several national media outlets . . . recorded a career-high 10 receptions and had 156 receiving yards in the win at Rutgers . . . named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after setting a career high with three touchdown catches in the win over Air Force; had eight receptions overall for 156 yards against the Falcons . . . scored on TD grabs of 28, 32 and 21 yards from Cook . . . his first TD grab was an acrobatic reception in the corner of the end zone that was named one of the top plays of the week by several national media outlets . . . the three TD receptions tied MSU's single-game record (last player: Cunningham vs. Wisconsin, 2011 Big Ten Championship Game), and it also marked his third straight 100-yard receiving game; he topped the 100-yard receiving mark in the first half alone, with five catches for 112 yards and two TDs . . . became just the fourth player in Spartan history to record 150-plus receiving yards and three TD catches in the same game (Andre Rison, Plaxico Burress, B.J. Cunningham) . . . seven of his eight catches resulted in either a first down or touchdown against the Falcons, including four receptions of 20 yards or more . . . named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after posting eight catches for 101 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, in the victory over No. 7 Oregon . . . with the score tied at 14 in the third quarter and the Spartans facing a fourth-and-6 from the Oregon 34, caught a 28-yard pass from Cook that set up MSU's third TD of the game, a lead it kept for good in the win against the Ducks . . . recorded his second career 100-yard receiving game with 117 yards on four catches (29.2 avg.), including a career-long 56-yard reception, in the season opener at Western Michigan; named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week vs. the Broncos . . . had 43 YAC against WMU.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Ranked tied for second on the team with 29 catches for 358 yards (12.3 avg.) . . . also had 39 rushing yards on eight carries (4.9 avg.) . . . 19 of his 29 catches (65 percent) went for either a first down or a touchdown . . . had four receptions of 20-plus yards . . . offensive recipient of MSU's Tommy Love Award (most improved player) . . . caught four passes for 57 yards, including a career-long 39-yard reception, in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . had three catches for 32 yards at Penn State . . . had four receptions for 41 yards vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . caught two passes for 35 yards in the win over Michigan . . . had a season-high five catches for 48 yards at Indiana . . . recorded his first receiving touchdown of the season with an acrobatic 13-yard TD catch in the third quarter at Purdue; finished the game with 35 all-purpose yards (three rushes for 14 yards; two catches for 21 yards) . . . had two receptions for 37 yards vs. No. 19 Nebraska . . . hauled in two catches for 30 yards, including a 22-yarder, at No. 3 Oregon . . . had 26 all-purpose yards in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (two carries for 18 yards; one catch for 8 yards).
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked fifth on the team with 22 receptions for 194 yards (8.8 avg.) . . . had 62 rushing yards on four attempts (15.5 avg.) . . . also saw action on special teams . . . was slowed by a hamstring injury in the middle of the season . . . compiled 47 all-purpose yards vs. Minnesota (two catches for 12 yards; 35-yard rush) . . . had two catches for 22 yards at Northwestern in his first extended action since Oct. 5 at Iowa . . . saw limited action against Nebraska and Michigan . . . did not play at Illinois (injury) . . . saw limited action against Purdue (injury) . . . had four receptions for 20 yards at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . caught three passes for 44 yards, including a 26-yard reception, vs. Youngstown State . . . had four catches for 16 yards in season opener against Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman saw action in 11 games, including seven starts (Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota, TCU) . . . ranked fifth on the team in receiving yards (364) and sixth in receptions (29) . . . had five catches of 20-plus yards . . . named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team by ESPN.com and BTN.com . . . among Big Ten freshmen, ranked second in receptions (29) and tied for second in receiving yards (364) . . . 13 of his 29 catches (45 percent) resulted in a first down . . . had three receptions for 22 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter, in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over TCU . . . collected four receptions for 47 yards vs. Northwestern, including his first career touchdown catch on a 15-yard pass from Andrew Maxwell . . . led the Spartans with six catches for 51 yards at No. 23 Michigan . . . had five catches for 89 yards vs. Iowa . . . became just the second freshman - and first true freshman - in Michigan State history to record a 100-yard receiving game, with eight receptions for 134 yards as the Spartans rallied from a 17-point deficit for a 31-27 victory at Indiana; his totals marked season highs for a Spartan wide receiver . . . named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance against the Hoosiers . . . the 134 receiving yards also set a Spartan single-game freshman record (previous: red-shirt freshman Terry Love had nine catches for 103 yards vs. Iowa in 2004) . . . helped spark MSU's second-half rally against the Hoosiers, with five receptions for 96 yards coming after halftime; he had at least one reception on four of MSU's five scoring drives . . . caught two passes for 14 yards in his collegiate debut against Central Michigan . . . missed a majority of preseason camp with a knee injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top players by Scout.com (No. 63), 247Sports.com (No. 85), Rivals.com (No. 103) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 119) . . . rated among the country's top wide receivers by Scout.com (No. 9), 247Sports.com (No. 9), SuperPrep (No. 10), Rivals.com (No. 16), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 19) and ESPN.com (No. 44) . . . ranked the state's No. 1 senior by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com, Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 5) and ESPN.com (No. 32) . . . selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association 2012 East-West All-Star Game . . . two-year starter for Coach John Herrington at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan . . . two-time Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team selection (2010, 2011) . . . named to the 2011 Associated Press and Detroit News Division 1-2 All-State Team . . . had 32 receptions for 753 yards (23.5 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior . . . also returned an interception 99 yards for a TD and a kickoff 95 yards for a score in 2011 . . . caught four passes for 121 yards, including a 69-yard TD grab, in the 2011 playoff opener vs. Birmingham Seaholm . . . had 215 receiving yards and three TD receptions vs. Southfield-Lathrup as a senior . . . had 36 catches for 720 yards (20.0 avg.) and nine TDs as a junior while helping lead the Hawks to a perfect 14-0 record and the Division 2 state championship . . . accounted for 613 combined return yards in 2010 . . . recorded 24 tackles, 13 pass break-ups and five interceptions as a junior, returning two of those picks for TDs . . . had eight receptions for 123 yards and two scores (26 and 10 yards) vs. Lowell in 2010 state championship game . . . caught 46 passes for 752 yards (16.3 avg.) and eight TDs as a sophomore . . . son of Nora Clemons Florence . . . born Dec. 23, 1993 . . . sociology major.
BURBRIDGE'S CAREER HIGHS
Receiving Yards: 164, vs. Nebraska (11/7/15)
Receptions: 10, twice (last vs. Nebraska, 11/7/15)
TD Catches: 3, vs. Air Force (9/19/15)
Rushing Yards: 35, vs. Minnesota (11/30/13)
Carries: 3, vs. Purdue (10/11/14)
All-Purpose Yards: 164, vs. Nebraska (11/7/15)
BURBRIDGE'S CAREER STATISTICS
RUSHING G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 2012................ 11 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.4 2013................ 13 4 62 0 35 15.5 4.8 2014................ 13 8 39 0 15 4.9 3.0 2015................ 14 9 44 0 13 4.9 3.1 TOTAL............... 51 22 149 0 35 6.8 2.9
TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2012................ 11 4 0 4 0.4 2013................ 13 62 0 62 4.8 2014................ 13 39 0 39 3.0 2015................ 14 44 0 44 3.1 TOTAL............... 51 149 0 149 2.9
RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2012................ 11 29 364 2 38 2.6 12.6 33.1 2013................ 13 22 194 0 26 1.7 8.8 14.9 2014................ 13 29 358 1 39 2.2 12.3 27.5 2015................ 14 85 1258 7 56 6.1 14.8 89.9 TOTAL............... 51 165 2174 10 56 3.2 13.2 42.6
SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2012................ 11 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 1.1 2013................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2014................ 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.5 2015................ 14 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 42 3.0 TOTAL............... 51 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 60 1.2
ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2012................ 11 4 364 0 -11 0 357 32.5 2013................ 13 62 194 0 0 0 256 19.7 2014................ 13 39 358 0 0 0 397 30.5 2015................ 14 44 1258 0 0 0 1302 93.0 TOTAL............... 51 149 2174 0 -11 0 2312 45.3