R.J. Shelton named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Matt Macksood, Tyler O'Connor and Josiah Price garner Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth time.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Aaron Burbridge named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
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
Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against No. 2 Ohio State.
USATSI Gallery - Northwestern @ Michigan State
The Spartans topped Iowa in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner played in 38 career games, including 17 starting assignments (seven at center, five at left guard, five at right guard) . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection graduated with his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in May 2016.
2016 SEASON (SENIOR): Played in all 12 games, including nine starts (left guard at Indiana, right guard vs. BYU, center vs. Northwestern, at Maryland, vs. Michigan, at Illinois, vs. Rutgers, vs. Ohio State and at Penn State) . . . named team's offensive recipient of the Clarence Underwood Sportsmanship Award . . . ranked second on the team in knockdowns . . . started Ohio State game at center and logged five knockdowns with one dominator . . . was starting center vs. Rutgers and for second game in a row shared the offensive line lead with four knockdowns . . . started at center at Illinois and shared the offensive line lead with 4.5 knockdowns with one dominator . . . was starting center vs. No. 2 Michigan and registered 6.5 knockdowns . . . made first career start at center vs. Northwestern and had five knockdowns . . . started at right guard vs. BYU and posted three knockdowns; was named fourth captain against the Cougars . . . made first start of season at Indiana, starting at left guard and notched four knockdowns . . . graded out the highest among the offensive linemen in the Wisconsin game, registering three knockdowns . . . graded out at a Big Ten Championship level at No. 18 Notre Dame, sharing team lead with three dominators as part of six knockdowns . . . saw action at center against Furman, logging four knockdowns, including one dominator.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played multiple positions on the offensive line in 14 games of action, including eight starts . . . started four games at right guard (Air Force, Central Michigan, Purdue, Rutgers) and four games at left guard (Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State) . . . had 40 knockdowns during the regular season . . . named the team's recipient of the Tommy Love Award (most improved player: offense) . . . saw action at center on MSU's game-winning, 22-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . had a winning grade while playing 18 snaps vs. Penn State . . . started at left guard at No. 2 Ohio State and tallied two knockdowns in his 18 snaps . . . started at left guard vs. Maryland and graded out a winner; saw action for 46 snaps and had six knockdowns . . . played 13 snaps at guard at Nebraska and had two knockdowns in posting a winning grade . . . played a majority of the Indiana game at center (63 snaps out of 75), although he started at left guard against the Hoosiers . . . had 3.5 knockdowns and played 67 snaps in his first career start at left guard in win at No. 12 Michigan . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 8.5 knockdowns in 51 snaps at Rutgers . . . played 54 snaps at right guard vs. Purdue and had two knockdowns . . . delivered a career-high 9.5 knockdowns and played 56 snaps against Central Michigan . . . earned his first career start at right guard vs. Air Force and played 49 snaps; had four knockdowns . . . played 27 snaps at right guard against Oregon and posted a winning grade; entered the lineup following an injury to starting right tackle Kodi Kieler, as previous starting right guard Donavon Clark moved to right tackle . . . played both guard and center in the season-opening win over Western Michigan, playing 12 snaps against the Broncos and posting a winning grade.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . played 60 offensive snaps, including a season-high 26 vs. Eastern Michigan (four knockdowns).
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made his only appearance of the season against Youngstown State . . . 2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top offensive guards by ESPN.com (No. 25), 247Sports.com (No. 27) and Rivals.com (No. 40) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 14), 247Sports.com (No. 35) and Rivals.com (No. 50) . . . two-year starter and two-time all-conference pick for Coach Ron Ullery at Centerville (Ohio) High School . . . second-team All-Ohio (Division I) selection by The Associated Press in 2011 . . . named to AP Southwest All-District Team . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Elks average 332.0 rushing yards and 39.3 points per game in 2011 . . . recorded 65 knockdowns as a senior, including 16 domination blocks . . . Elks averaged 5.8 yards per carry as 90 percent of the team's runs went behind him in 2011 . . . produced 38 knockdowns, including 10 domination blocks, as a junior while the Elks averaged 320 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per rush . . . four-year letterman in track and field . . . son of Michael and Tracy McGowan . . . born Dec. 12, 1993 . . . graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in May 2016 . . . is currently pursuing his master's degree in criminal justice.