Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
With a veteran quarterback and a hard-hitting defense, Michigan State expects to compete for a Big Ten Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff.
Michigan State returns 79 percent of its receiving yards in 2014.
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
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner (2012, 2014-15) played in 22 career games for the Spartans . . . caught 12 passes for 193 yards (16.1 avg.) and two touchdowns at MSU . . . transfer from Tennessee enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2012, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . ruled eligible to play in 2012 after the NCAA granted his request for a residence waiver; transferred from Tennessee so he could be closer to his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, and his father William, who is battling heart and kidney problems . . . finished his collegiate career with 36 receptions for 435 yards (12.1 avg.) in 34 games (24 catches for 242 yards in 12 games at Tennessee in 2011).
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Had six receptions for 106 yards (17.7 avg.) and two touchdowns in 10 games of action, including two starts (Air Force, Purdue) . . . caught a 21-yard pass from Connor Cook in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . had two receptions for 41 yards at Rutgers, including a 25-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter . . . started his first career game as a Spartan against Air Force; had one catch for 8 yards against the Falcons . . . had two catches for 36 yards in the season opener at Western Michigan, including his first touchdown as a Spartan on a 21-yard reception from Connor Cook in the third quarter.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Made four appearances (Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, Rutgers) to earn his second letter . . . had two catches for 11 yards.
2013 SEASON: Had one catch for 7 yards against Western Michigan in his only action of the season . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Youngstown State . . . named Scout Team Co-Offensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Transfer from Tennessee enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2012, for the beginning of the spring semester . . . saw action in seven games in 2012 . . . had three catches for 69 yards (23.0 avg.) . . . had a 12-yard catch vs. Northwestern . . . recorded a 9-yard reception vs. Iowa . . . had 52 all-purpose yards at Central Michigan, including a 48-yard reception and a 4-yard rush.
2011 SEASON (TENNESSEE): True freshman played in all 12 games with one start (at Arkansas) . . . had 24 catches for 242 yards (10.1 average) and two TDs . . . was third on team in catches and fifth in receiving yards . . . his 24 catches tied for second most by a true freshman in UT history with William Howard (1984), only behind Kelley Washington's 64 in 2001 . . . his 242 yards were the sixth most by a true freshman in UT history . . . had three or more catches in six different games . . . had three catches for 20 yards at Kentucky . . . had an 8-yard catch at No. 8 Arkansas in first-career start . . . hauled in three receptions for 47 yards vs. Middle Tennessee State . . . produced three catches for career-high tying 59 yards vs. No. 14 South Carolina . . . had three receptions for 22 yards vs. Georgia . . . scored first two TDs of career on 13- and 8-yard receptions vs. Buffalo; finished with three catches for 27 yards . . . had a breakout game with eight receptions for 59 yards for first career catches at No. 16 Florida; it marked the most catches by a UT freshman since Washington (11) vs. LSU in 2001 SEC Championship Game . . . was one of 12 true freshmen to make debut vs. Montana.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the top prospects in the nation by ESPN.com (No. 57) and Rivals.com (No. 84) . . . member of the ESPNU 150 Team and Rivals.com 100 Team . . . ranked among the top wide receivers in the nation by Scout.com (No. 8), ESPN.com (No. 9) and Rivals.com (No. 12) . . . named to the Class of 2011 Sporting News Top 100 (No. 24 overall/No. 2 wide receiver) . . . ranked among the top players in Michigan by Rivals.com (No. 2) . . . selected to U.S. Army All-America Bowl . . . earned Division 1-2 all-state honors as a senior and junior . . . as a senior, led the Saginaw Valley League with 42 receptions for 782 yards and eight touchdowns while adding six more TDs rushing and returning kicks; finished season with more than 1,200 all-purpose yards . . . had 41 receptions for 876 yards and 10 TDs as a junior . . . racked up more than 2,100 all-purpose yards and 15 total TDs in his high school career . . . defensively, collected 46 tackles, three interceptions and 26 pass breakups . . . three-year starter for the Trojans under Coach Gary Lee . . . also lettered in basketball and track and field . . . son of William and Virginia Arnett . . . born June 27, 1992 . . . majoring in communication.