Michigan State trying to reach its sixth double-digit win season in the last eight years.
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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CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner played in 51 career games, including 38 starts (17 at center, 16 at left guard, five at right guard) . . . was voted a 2017 team captain . . . earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades three straight years (2015-17) . . . extremely durable lineman finished his career starting in 28 consecutive games, including all 13 games at center in 2017 . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree . . . versatile lineman played both guard spots and center throughout his career . . . his older brother, Jack, was a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) and two-time first-team All-American center (2014-15) at Michigan State; he spent his rookie season (2016) in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints . . . his younger brother, Matt, is also an offensive lineman for the Spartans.
2017 SEASON (SENIOR): Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and the media . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by Pro Football Focus . . . started at center in all 13 games . . . finished the regular season as the highest rated center in the Big Ten and No. 5 in the FBS, according to Pro Football Focus . . . led the offensive line with 98 knockdowns, including a unit-best 23 dominators . . . played a team-high 977 snaps . . . voted the team's most inspirational player (Biggie Munn Award) on offense . . . also named recipient of the Downtown Coaches Club Award, given to the team's most outstanding offensive player, and the Up Front Award (most outstanding lineman: offense) . . . named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, widely known as the "Academic Heisman" . . . was the 2017 Michael R. Sadler Scholar-Athlete Award recipient (top Division I college football scholar-athlete in state of Michigan) . . . was named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week four times (vs. Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Ohio State) . . . member of the team's Eagles leadership council . . . registered unit-best nine knockdowns with three dominators against No. 18 Washington State in the Holiday Bowl, in playing all 70 offensive plays . . . had 4.5 knockdowns in a team-high 80 snaps at Rutgers . . . tallied three knockdowns against Maryland, in playing all 69 offensive snaps . . . led team with 7.5 knockdowns at No. 11 Ohio State, including one dominator, in playing offensive-line best 72 snaps . . . tallied team-best nine knockdowns, including one dominator in playing all 88 offensive snaps against No. 7 Penn State . . . played in all 88 offensive snaps at Northwestern, sharing lead on offensive line, posting 4.5 knockdowns with 0.5 dominator; named to PFF Big Ten Team of the Week . . . played in all 77 offensive snaps in Indiana win, posting team-best seven knockdowns, including two dominators, also tying for most on team . . . played all 68 offensive snaps at Minnesota, logging 9.5 knockdowns, leading offensive line for second-straight week . . . played in all but one of 62 offensive snaps vs. No. 7 Michigan, logging four knockdowns including one dominator . . . played in all 68 offensive snaps vs. Iowa, topping offensive line with six knockdowns, earning Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week honors . . . tied for team lead with 88 snaps vs. Notre Dame and tallied a team-high 11.5 knockdowns; named to PFF Big Ten Team of the Week . . . named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week against Western Michigan, posting team-best 17.5 knockdowns, highlighted by 6.5 dominators . . . led team with 10 knockdowns including team-best two dominators against Bowling Green, earning Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week honors; named to PFF Big Ten Team of the Week.
2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): A mainstay on the offensive line, was one of only three players on the team and the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the media and third-team pick by the coaches . . . also named second-team All-Big Ten by Associated Press, Pro Football Focus, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports . . . named the team's offensive recipient of the Up Front Award (outstanding lineman) . . . led the team with twice as many knockdowns as any other lineman and also ranked first in dominators . . . started three positions on the offensive line; started the first three games at left guard, then shifted to center for two games before moving to right guard for five games . . . the versatile lineman started at left guard the final two contests . . . earned Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades twice (Rutgers, Furman) . . . down the stretch, was instrumental in providing consistency to an injury-riddled offensive line that started seven different combinations; the Spartans rushed for more than 200 yards five times in 2016, including four of the last six games (270 vs. Maryland, 217 vs. Michigan, 277 vs. Rutgers, 207 vs. Ohio State) . . . started at left guard against Ohio State and posted offensive line-best 10 knockdowns for his second-highest output of the season . . . started at right guard vs. Rutgers and notched 4.5 knockdowns and also Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week honors . . . started at right guard vs. Michigan and tallied eight knockdowns . . . had seven knockdowns at Maryland . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Northwestern . . . started at center vs. BYU and posted 4.5 knockdowns, including 2.5 dominators . . . was starting center at Indiana, tallying seven knockdowns . . . started the Wisconsin game at left guard and also saw time at center, registering five knockdowns . . . in the win at No. 18 Notre Dame, helped the Spartans rack up a season-high 501 yards of total offense, including 260 rushing yards, while producing a team-best 12.5 knockdowns . . . graded out at a Big Ten Championship level vs. Furman, leading team with six dominators as part of 13 knockdowns, earning Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades . . . named to preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy (nation's most outstanding interior lineman) and the Rimington Trophy (nation's most outstanding center).
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 14 games, including 12 starts (10 at left guard; two at center) . . . collected 82.5 knockdowns during the regular season, second most on the team . . . named to CampusInsiders.com All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . second-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . also named second-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press and Athlon Sports and third team by Phil Steele . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree . . . started in his first career bowl game at left guard in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week for his role in the win over No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . started at left guard vs. Penn State and graded out at an All-America level; led team with three dominators and had 7.5 knockdowns total against the Nittany Lions . . . did not start, but played a majority of the snaps (53) at left guard and posted a winning grade while collecting six knockdowns at Ohio State, as the Spartans rushed for 203 yards in the win over the second-ranked Buckeyes; named one of three Spartan unsung heroes for his role in the victory at Columbus . . . did not start, but played 36 snaps vs. Maryland and was credited with nine knockdowns while posting a winning grade . . . after starting two games (Week 7 vs. Michigan, Week 8 vs. Indiana) at center, filling in for his brother, Jack, returned to left guard in Week 9 vs. Nebraska . . . started at center against Indiana, but played a majority of the game at guard . . . started his first career game at center at Michigan; collected 7.5 knockdowns against the Wolverines . . . also saw extensive action at center against Purdue and Rutgers . . . had nine knockdowns, including six dominators, in the win at Rutgers while playing center and left guard . . . started at left guard, but played a majority of the Purdue game at center due to injuries on the offensive line; collected 10 knockdowns against the Boilermakers in posting a winning grade . . . recorded a season-high 10 knockdowns vs. Central Michigan, including three dominators . . . registered 3.5 knockdowns vs. No. 7 Oregon . . . started at left guard in Week 1 at Western Michigan; had six knockdowns against the Broncos.
2014 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Named a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and Scout.com . . . also earned Freshman All-America honors from Athlon Sports (third team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (honorable mention) . . . named to the ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Teams . . . true freshman played in 12 games . . . saw time on the offensive line at both guard spots and center . . . also played on special teams . . . one of four true freshmen to letter for the Spartans in 2014 . . . played 316 snaps, recording 25.5 knockdowns and allowing only a half sack . . . started his first game at left guard vs. Wyoming in Week 4 and tallied a season-best 11.5 knockdowns as MSU rushed for 338 yards and didn't allow a sack . . . played right guard, left guard and center during the first three games of the season (vs. Jacksonville State, Oregon and Eastern Michigan) . . . pressed into service during the season opener vs. Jacksonville State after starting left guard Travis Jackson left the game with an injury . . . played 34 snaps and recorded two dominators against the Gamecocks.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4 in San Antonio and was selected one of the captains on the East team . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top players by 247Sports (No. 169) and ESPN.com (No. 256) . . . rated among the nation's top offensive linemen by PrepStar (No. 37) . . . listed among the nation's top centers by 247Sports (No. 2), Scout.com (No. 3), ESPN.com (No. 4) and Rivals.com (No. 5) . . . rated among the top players in the state by 247Sports (No. 5), ESPN.com (No. 9) and Rivals.com (No. 16) . . . ranked among the top players in the Midwest by ESPN.com (No. 29) . . . three-year starter at Hinsdale Central for Coach Rich Tarka . . . earned first-team all-state honors (8A) from the Illinois High School Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune as a senior . . . two-time All-West Suburban Conference first-team honoree . . . also played on the defensive line, recording 16 tackles, including three for losses and one sack (11 yards), along with an interception and fumble recovery in 2013 . . . collected 25 stops and four sacks as a junior in 2012 and 21 tackles and three sacks as a sophomore in 2011 . . . first wrestler in school history to win four state medals (second at 285 pounds in 2014; first at 285 in 2013; third at 285 in 2012; third at 215 in 2011) . . . as a junior, won the 2013 3A state wrestling championship at heavyweight (285 pounds), finishing the season with a perfect 48-0 record . . . nearly claimed back-to-back state titles at 285 pounds, but lost in overtime in the championship match; finished his senior year with a 45-2 record . . . ranked sixth nationally at 285 pounds by IntermatWrestle.com . . . also won the state title in the shot put in 2013 . . . selected Chicago Sun-Times Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14 . . . was named the No. 1 Doings/Pioneer Press West Group sports story of 2013 . . . son of John and Leslie Allen . . . his older brother, Jack, was a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) and two-time first-team All-American center (2014-15) at Michigan State; he spent his rookie season (2016) in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints . . . his younger brother, Matt, is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman on the Spartans . . . born Oct. 11, 1995 . . . economics major.