In all, 126 Spartans were recognized for having a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Six Spartans collect Academic All-Big Ten accolades for third-straight season part of second-straight season setting new program record.
Spartan players preview Saturday's Big Ten opener against Iowa at Spartan Stadium.
Spartan players preview Saturday's game against Notre Dame at Spartan Stadium.
Matt Macksood, Tyler O'Connor and Josiah Price garner Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth time.
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 will compete for playing time at middle linebacker . . . three-year letterwinner has played in 29 career games . . . has 18 career tackles . . . member of the team’s Eagles leadership council . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . 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 uncle, Chuck, is in his first season as the Spartan defensive ends coach . . . his brother, Max, was a four-year letterwinner (2010-13) and three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Spartans . . . his brother, Riley, was also a four-year letterwinner at linebacker at MSU and was a team captain in 2016 . . . his sister, Holly, is a sophomore on the MSU cross country team.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in all 13 games . . . had a career-high 13 tackles . . . played 57 snaps . . . tallied two tackles vs. Washington State in the Holiday Bowl . . . logged one stop in Indiana game; named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week against the Hoosiers . . . logged career-high four tackles against Notre Dame, including first career tackle for loss . . . game captain vs. Notre Dame.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in seven games, primarily on special teams, and collected five tackles to earn his second letter . . . played 49 snaps at linebacker throughout the season . . . earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row . . . appeared in just one of the final five games of the season (Rutgers) due to an injury . . . played a season-high 19 snaps vs. BYU . . . posted career-high two tackles at Indiana and played 13 snaps at linebacker . . . saw action on special teams and played seven snaps at linebacker against No. 11 Wisconsin, registering one tackle . . . played six snaps at linebacker and had one tackle in season opener vs. Furman.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in nine games (Western Michigan, Oregon, Air Force, Central Michigan, Purdue, Rutgers, Penn State, Iowa, Alabama), primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week against Eastern Michigan . . . also named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week twice (vs. Wyoming and Rutgers).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played linebacker in the inaugural Border Classic as Team Michigan defeated Team Ohio, 27-14, on June 14, 2014, in Findlay, Ohio . . . named to the Scout 300 (No. 291) as one the nation's top seniors . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers (No. 23) by Rivals.com and top safeties (No. 24) by Scout.com . . . rated as one of the nation's top athletes by ESPN.com (No. 48) and 247Sports (No. 99) . . . listed as one of the top seniors in the state of Michigan by the Lansing State Journal (No. 4), ESPN.com (No. 6), The Detroit News (No. 12), Detroit Free Press (No. 13) and 247Sports (No. 20) . . . named one of the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 40) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . three-year starter for Coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan . . . earned 2012 Associated Press Division 7-8 all-state special mention honors . . . collected 48 tackles and two interceptions in eight games as a senior in 2013; also compiled 666 rushing yards and 81 receiving yards on the offensive side of the ball . . . rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns in a Homecoming win over Charlevoix . . . helped lead the Gladiators to an 11-2 record, the Lake Michigan Conference title, and a berth in the Division 7 state semifinals his junior year in 2012 . . . was also a four-year starter in basketball . . . son of Shane and LeeAnn Bullough . . . born Sept. 7, 1995 . . . 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 three seasons with the Houston Texans (2014-16) . . . his brother Riley was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker and was a team captain in 2016 . . . his sister, Holly, is a sophomore on the MSU cross country team . . . spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in Australia (June-July 2016), participating in MSU's study abroad International Summer Sports Program . . . majoring in finance.