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
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in 10 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . played 14 snaps vs. Rutgers . . . named to the Academic All-Big Ten team . . . Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honoree.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Played vs. Penn State in his only action of the season.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in Orlando, Florida . . . ranked among the nation’s top offensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 45) and Rivals.com (No. 62) . . . named to PrepStar’s All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 26) and ESPN.com (No. 43) . . . three-year starter at St. Charles (Illinois) North High School . . . first-team Class 7A all-state selection as a senior by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association . . . special mention all-state selection in 2013 by the Chicago Tribune . . . first-team all-area pick as a senior by the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Kane County Chronicle . . . unanimous first-team All-Upstate Conference selection in 2013 . . . anchored an offensive line that helped produce 2,010 rushing yards (198.1 yards per game) and 30 rushing touchdowns in 2013 . . . recorded 34 pancake blocks and allowed just three sacks as a senior . . . credited with seven pancakes each vs. Elgin and Larkin . . . also lettered in basketball for the North Stars . . . son of Richard and Stephanie Gianacakos . . . his father, Richard, lettered as an offensive tackle in 1990 at Illinois . . . born Feb. 17, 1996 . . . supply chain management major.