Eighteen former Spartans audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.
Already the second-winningest class in school history, the class of 2014 has won 39 games entering Saturday's Senior Day against Rutgers.
From Connor Kruse to Trevon Pendleton to Ed Davis, several unsung heroes have helped MSU reach the Rose Bowl.
Spring game set for Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
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
Michigan State vs. Rutgers (USATSI)
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner played in 33 career games . . . was primarily used as a tight end but also played fullback in 2014 . . . started in 11 games . . . had eight career receptions for 69 yards (8.6 avg.) in 33 games . . . former walk-on earned his bachelorâ?TMs degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in December 2014.
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Played in nine games (sat out the Oregon, Eastern Michigan, Wyoming and Nebraska games with a calf injury) . . . started in six games (Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State, Baylor) . . . started on Senior Day vs. Rutgers . . . started at Maryland and had a 12-yard reception . . . started against Michigan and was named the Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week for his role in helping the Spartans defeat the Wolverines . . . returned to action at Purdue after missing a month with a calf injury.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Had a career-high six catches for 49 yards (8.2 avg.) in 13 games, including three starting assignments (Illinois, Nebraska, Stanford) . . . had a 17-yard reception in the Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . scored his first career touchdown with a 5-yard catch in the fourth quarter against Purdue.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in eight games to earn his first letter . . . started in two games (Eastern Michigan, TCU) when the team lined up in a double tight end set . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . his only reception of the season was an 8-yard catch for a first down in the fourth quarter during Michigan State's 17-13 win over No. 24 Boise State in the season opener . . . former walk-on was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2012 season.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in three games (vs. Florida Atlantic, Central Michigan and Indiana).
2010 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Western Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team all-area and all-conference selection as a senior for Coach Cory Gildersleeve at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan . . . two-year starter saw action at tight end, slot back, defensive end and linebacker during his prep career . . . rushed 20 times for 299 yards (14.9 avg.) and three touchdowns in 2009 . . . had 11 catches for 138 yards (12.5 avg.) and two scores as a senior . . . recorded 69 tackles, with 12 resulting in losses including six sacks, plus forced and recovered two fumbles in 2009 . . . carried six times for 120 yards vs. Saline, including an 80-yard TD run . . . also registered a career-best 15 tackles and returned an interception 48 yards for a score vs. Saline . . . caught six passes for 92 yards (15.3 avg.) and two TDs as a junior . . . also lettered in basketball for the River Rats . . . son of Marc and Kim Gleichert . . . born Jan. 13, 1992 . . . majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology.