After overcoming three knee surgeries, junior AJ Troup's first career reception resulted in a touchdown in MSU's season-opening win over Jacksonville State.
Michigan State rolled to a 38-0 halftime lead en route to a 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State in Friday night's 2014 season and home opener.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter.
Sophomore R.J. Shelton is listed as a starting slot receiver, a third-team corner and the team's top kick returner.
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
Game-by-Game Statistics: 2014
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year player earned his first letter in 2014 . . . enters spring practice as the back-up split end, behind Aaron Burbridge . . . has battled numerous knee injuries throughout his career but was healthy during the 2014 season . . . did not see action in spring practice (knee) in 2014 . . . had a breakout spring in 2013 but was sidelined for the entire season after suffering a knee injury in the summer . . . did not see game action in 2012 . . . sidelined for almost the entire spring in 2011 with a knee injury . . . also suffered an ACL injury in high school.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Earned his first letter after recording seven catches for 113 yards (16.1 avg.) in 10 games . . . had a 13-yard reception vs. Michigan . . . caught two passes for 43 yards, including a 33-yard TD catch, vs. Eastern Michigan . . . had a 19-yard catch at No. 3 Oregon . . . in his collegiate debut, had three receptions for 38 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown catch, against Jacksonville State . . . did not see action in spring practice (knee).
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Had a breakout spring but was sidelined for the entire 2013 season after suffering a knee injury in the summer . . . caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Maxwell with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Green-White spring game that proved to be the game-winning score . . . hauled in three receptions for 31 yards in the second spring scrimmage April 13 . . . had three catches for 97 yards in the first spring scrimmage April 5, including a 76-yard touchdown and a 13-yard touchdown.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see game action.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . sidelined for almost the entire spring in 2011 with a knee injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played for Coach Brad Anderson at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota . . . earned all-conference honors as a senior . . . had 25 receptions for 550 yards (22.0 avg.) and five touchdowns in 2009 . . . scored the only TD of his junior year on a 98-yard bomb vs. St. Cloud Tech . . . sat out his senior track season after suffering a torn ACL in the 2009 football play-offs . . . finished sixth in the 100 at the 2009 Class AA outdoor championships . . . also qualified for the state meet in the 200 . . . son of Stephanie Troup . . . born May 17, 1992 . . . majoring in advertising.