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.
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
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Fourth-year player will compete for playing time at flanker . . . also returns punts . . . two-year letterwinner has played in 19 career games.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams . . . led the team in punt returns with 94 yards on 15 returns (6.3 avg.) . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . returned a season-high four punts for 30 yards vs. Rutgers, including a 14-yarder . . . had two punt returns for a career-high 32 yards at Illinois, including a season-long 20-yarder.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in seven games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played wide receiver in the inaugural Border Classic as Team Michigan defeated Team Ohio, 27-14, on June 14 in Findlay, Ohio . . . two-year starter at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School for Coach Ron Adams . . . had 70 catches for 1,557 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in 25 games his junior and senior seasons . . . team captain helped lead Wyandotte Roosevelt to an 11-1 record and the Division 2 regional championship game in 2013 . . . first-team Associated Press Division 1-2 selection . . . named to the News-Herald Dream Team . . . recorded 44 receptions for 1,045 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior . . . also led the Bears in total touchdowns (17), all-purpose yards (1,373), punt return yards (170) and kick return yards (140) . . . had five multi-touchdown games and four 100-yard receiving games, including a season-high 126 yards on five catches with two TDs in a 17-10 win over Melvindale . . . hauled in a season-high six catches for 49 yards and one touchdown in a 45-12 win over Truman . . . also had 100-yard receiving performances against Anderson (3 catches for 111 yards), Allen Park (3 for 104) and Lincoln Park (3 for 122) . . . in addition, collected 43 tackles and three interceptions on defense, including two picks against Truman . . . Wyandotte Roosevelt reached the Division 2 state semifinals his junior season in 2012 . . . ranked second on the Bears as a junior in receptions (26), receiving yards (512) and TD receptions (6) . . . led the team in tackles (74) and interceptions (5) in 2012 . . . also lettered in track . . . son of Todd and Tina Sowards . . . born May 6, 1995 . . . economics major.