Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
MSU returns 28 players with starting experience as it looks to repeat as Big Ten Champions.
Complete transcript from Dantonio's press conference on media day.
The Football Writers Association of America has presented a National Defensive Player of the Year Award since 1993 and in the name of Bronko Nagurski since 1995.
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: Fifth-year senior enters his second season as the starting middle linebacker in 2016 . . . three-year letterwinner has played in 41 career games, including 14 starts . . . has 138 career tackles, including 11.5 for losses with 7.5 sacks . . . has four career interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles . . . started 13 games at middle linebacker in 2015 and played in all 14 games . . . fourth-team preseason All-America selection by Athlon Sports . . . preseason All-Big Ten choice by Athlon Sports (second team). . . named to preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award (college defensive player of the Year), Butkus Award (linebacker of the year), Lott IMPACT Trophy and Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year).
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and third-team pick by the media . . . also named second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . led team and ranked 16th in the Big Ten with a career-high 106 tackles (7.6 avg.) . . . became the first Spartan to record 100 tackles in a single season since his brother Max had 111 in 2012; it marked the seventh season a member of the Bullough family has led Michigan State in tackles (father Shane in 1985-86; uncle Chuck in 1990-91; brother Max in 2011-12) . . . recipient of the team’s Biggie Munn Award (Most Inspirational Player: Defense) and Doug Weaver Oil Can Award (team humorist) . . . led the team with 226 production points during the regular season . . . ranked fourth on the team in sacks (4.0 for 20 yards) and tackles for loss (7.5 for 24 yards) . . . tied for team lead with two fumble recoveries . . . also had two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after leading MSU with 11 tackles in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa, had five tackles, forced a fumble on Iowa’s first possession, and his hit on Hawkeye tight end George Kittle led to an interception in the end zone in the second quarter . . . racked up 22 production points in the win over Penn State to lead the linebackers; collected seven tackles, broke up a pass, and forced a fumble that led the Demetrious Cox’s 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown . . . named one of three Spartan unsung heroes for his performance against the Nittany Lions . . . led Spartans with 20 production points and tallied four tackles in win at No. 2 Ohio State, as MSU held the Buckeyes to 132 total yards; named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Co-Player of the Week . . . credited with a team-high 30 production points in the win over Maryland; had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter to give MSU a 14-7 lead, and also had seven tackles (one for loss; half sack) . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week against the Terrapins . . . compiled 16 production points at Nebraska; had five tackles and recorded his third career interception when he picked off a Tommy Armstrong pass in the end zone and ran it back 17 yards midway through the third quarter, halting a Nebraska scoring drive . . . recorded 18 production points at Michigan; tallied seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack, against the Wolverines . . . had five stops, three quarterback hurries and forced a fumble in compiling 21 production points vs. Purdue . . . although suspended for the first half vs. Central Michigan (targeting penalty in second half vs. Air Force), still tallied seven tackles and returned a fumble 13 yards in the fourth quarter that led to MSU’s fourth touchdown of the game in the 30-10 victory over the Chippewas . . . recorded a career-high 16 tackles (5 solos, 11 assists) against Air Force and was named the team’s Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week; recorded a team-high 28 production points against the Falcons . . . named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after tallying 14 tackles (five solos, nine assists) and a pass break-up in the end zone in the win over No. 7 Oregon, as MSU held the Ducks to 123 rushing yards, their lowest output since November 2013 . . . also was credited with a quarterback hurry on Oregon’s fourth-and-16 play from the MSU 43-yard line with just over a minute left in the game, forcing Vernon Adams to come up short on his pass attempt intended for Bralon Addison . . . totaled a team-high 29 production points against Oregon . . . collected nine tackles and three sacks in the season opener at Western Michigan in his first career start at middle linebacker, compiling 14 production points . . . became the first player since Denicos Allen in 2011 to record three sacks in one game.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games, including his first career start against Eastern Michigan in Week 3 . . . ranked 10th on the team with 71 production points during the regular season . . . collected 29 tackles, including four for losses (17 yards) . . . ranked fifth on the team with 3.5 sacks (17 yards) . . . tied for fourth on the team with two interceptions . . . played a majority of the 2014 season at Sam linebacker, but moved to Mike late in the regular season following an injury to Jon Reschke . . . recorded two tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic victory against No. 4 Baylor . . . had a huge final series against the Bears to help seal the victory, registering a half sack of Bryce Petty, along with teammate Marcus Rush, on second down with seven seconds left, and intercepting a pass on third down with two seconds remaining in the game . . . credited with a season-high five stops at Penn State, including a half sack (4 yards) . . . recorded his first career interception and had two tackles vs. Rutgers . . . compiled 19 production points at Maryland, including a 4-yard sack . . . tallied 17 production points vs. No. 19 Nebraska (three tackles, fumble recovery) . . . collected two stops, including a 4-yard sack, vs. Wyoming . . . posted three tackles in his first career start vs. Eastern Michigan . . . recorded three tackles in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, including a half sack (2 yards) . . . returned to the defensive side of the ball at linebacker in spring practice in 2014 after spending the 2013 season at running back and fullback.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made the transition from linebacker to running back during the last half of spring practice . . . moved into the role of fullback at the beginning of the Big Ten season . . . primarily saw action on special teams . . . saw action at linebacker during bowl practices . . . ranked fifth on the team in rushing (83 yards) and carries (22) . . . also had three receptions for 11 yards . . . collected three tackles on special teams . . . had 34 rushing yards on 10 carries (3.4 avg.) vs. Youngstown State . . . rushed for 36 yards on six attempts (6.0 avg.), including a 19-yard gain, in win over South Florida . . . collected 12 yards on five carries in his collegiate debut vs. Western Michigan . . . rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries for the White in the spring game while also playing linebacker for the Green.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Player of the Week a team-high three times . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan . . . earned Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week accolades vs. Wisconsin . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Minnesota.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top outside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 44) and Rivals.com (No. 52) . . . also listed among the country’s top safeties by ESPN.com (No. 37) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by Lansing State Journal (No. 11), Rivals.com (No. 13), ESPN.com (No. 15), The Detroit News (No. 16) and Detroit Free Press (No. 22) . . . started 29 career games at quarterback for Coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan . . . also saw action at linebacker and safety during his prep career . . . suffered a broken collarbone in the fifth game of 2011 season . . . accounted for 619 total yards and 10 touchdowns in five games . . . completed 21-of-43 passes (.488) for 292 yards and four TDs as a senior . . . rushed 42 times for 327 yards (7.8 avg.) and six scores in 2011 . . . also credited with 31 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (15 yards), three pass break-ups and a forced fumble as a senior . . . produced 927 total yards and 16 TDs in 2010 . . . hit 38-of-86 throws (.442) for 654 yards, six TDs and four interceptions as a junior . . . added 273 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs in 2010 . . . recorded 67 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, three pass break-ups and an interception as a junior . . . posted a career-best 16 tackles vs. Grayling in 2010 . . . voted the team’s offensive MVP as a sophomore after leading the Gladiators to the state title . . . completed 36-of-62 (.581) for 598 yards, 12 TDs and five interceptions in 2009 . . . totaled 10 tackles and an interception as a sophomore . . . son of Shane and LeeAnn Bullough . . . born Nov. 23, 1993 . . . is a third-generation Spartan, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Hank (guard, 1952-54) and father Shane (linebacker, 1983-86) who played football at Michigan State . . . his grandfather Jim Morse (halfback, 1954-56) played for Coach Terry Brennan at Notre Dame . . . his uncles Chuck Bullough (Michigan State, linebacker, 1988-91), Bobby Morse (Michigan State, running back, 1983-86) and Jim Morse (Notre Dame, cornerback, 1976-77) played college football . . . his brother Max was a four-year letterwinner (2010-13) and three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Spartans; he has spent the past two seasons with the Houston Texans (2014-15) . . . his brother Byron is currently a sophomore linebacker on the Spartan roster . . . majoring in media and information.