R.J. Shelton named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Matt Macksood, Tyler O'Connor and Josiah Price garner Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fourth time.
McDowell named to second team, Bullough named to third team.
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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Oct. 8, 2016
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Ohio State.
CAREER NOTES: Third-year player will see time in the playing rotation at Sam linebacker and also on special teams . . . two-year letterwinner has 42 tackles in 27 career games.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Recorded a career-high 23 tackles, including five for losses (24 yards) and 2.5 sacks (14 yards), in 14 games . . . ranked 12th on the team with 50 production points during the regular season . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . named the team's recipient of the Jim Adams Award (unsung hero: defense) . . . credited with three stops, including a 3-yard loss, vs. Penn State . . . collected a season-high 20 production points vs. Maryland; had two tackles including a 1-yard sack against the Terrapins . . . recovered a fumble on a kickoff in the fourth quarter vs. Indiana that led to a Spartan touchdown . . . recorded four stops, including a half tackle for loss, and had a QB hurry at Michigan . . . credited with a half sack (6 yards) at Rutgers . . . his only tackle against Air Force came on a fourth-and-goal play in the fourth quarter, as he tripped up Jalen Robinette for a 5-yard loss . . . recorded four tackles and 12 production points in the win over No. 7 Oregon; with just over a minute remaining in the game and Oregon facing third-and-6 on the MSU 33 and trailing 31-28, was credited with a half sack along with Lawrence Thomas to help force a fourth-and-16.
2014 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Played in all 13 games at linebacker and on special teams to earn his first letter . . . one of four true freshmen to letter for the Spartans in 2014 . . . credited with 19 tackles (8 solo, 11 assists) . . . BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team honorable mention pick . . . ranked third on the team with seven tackles on special teams (five kick return, two punt return) . . . had two tackles against Rutgers . . . recovered a fumble on a punt return that led to a Spartan touchdown and had one tackle vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . recorded two tackles at Purdue . . . tallied a season-best five tackles against Wyoming . . . led Spartan linebackers with 14 production points in the win over Eastern Michigan; posted two stops and a QB hurry against the Eagles . . . recorded three tackles in his collegiate debut in the season opener against Jacksonville State . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 6, 2014, for the beginning of the spring semester and participated in spring practice.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in 2013 National Underclass Combine All-American Game in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina . . . . ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 44) and Scout.com (No. 60) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 36) and ESPN.com (No. 66) . . . three-year starter for Coach Mike Golden at Upper Arlington (Ohio) High School . . . Associated Press Division I second-team All-Ohio selection as a senior . . . also earned all-metro and All-Ohio Capital Conference honors in 2013 . . . recorded 94 tackles (20 solos, 74 assists) as a senior, with 13 resulting in losses including eight sacks . . . also intercepted one pass in 2013 . . . rushed 155 times for 855 yards (5.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior . . . produced a career-best 136 tackles (35 solos, 101 assists) in 2012, including 3.5 sacks . . . also credited with two interceptions (51 yards) and three fumble recoveries as a junior . . . gained 648 yards on 67 carries (9.7 avg.) and scored 10 TDs in 2012 . . . had six catches for 89 yards (14.8 avg.) and two scores as a junior . . . averaged 28.5 yards on 12 kickoff returns in 2012, including a school-record 99-yard runback for a TD vs. Westland . . . his career defensive totals include: 270 tackles (66 solos, 204 assists), 22 tackles for losses and four interceptions (92 yards and one TD) . . . his career offensive totals include: 1,600 rushing yards and 17 rushing TDs, 11 receptions for 126 yards (11.5 avg.) and two TDs . . . also returned 17 career kickoffs for 491 yards (28.9 avg.) and two TDs . . . also lettered in basketball for the Golden Bears . . . son of Chris and Brea Frey . . . born June 23, 1995 . . . majoring in advertising.