Michigan State returns seven of nine starters along the offensive and defensive lines.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
The Rotary Lombardi Award has been presented to college football’s top lineman since 1970.
The Outland Trophy has been presented to college football’s most outstanding interior lineman since 1946.
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/PRESEASON NOTES: Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner has started at left tackle the past two seasons . . . has seen action in 27 games, including 26 starts (23 consecutive at left tackle) . . . has only allowed 2.5 sacks in 27 career games . . . has recorded 168.5 career knockdowns . . . featured on the Outland Trophy (nation's most outstanding interior lineman) and Lombardi Award (nation's best lineman) Watch Lists. . . named to preseason All-America teams by Athlon Sports (second team), Lindy's (second team), Phil Steele (second team) and Sporting News (second team) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News . . . ranks among college football's top players with the best intangibles (No. 10) by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com . . . listed as one of the nation's Top 10 offensive tackles (No. 6) to watch in 2015, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com . . . named top offensive lineman in the Big Ten by Josh Moyer of ESPN.com . . . former walk-on was awarded a scholarship in January 2013.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . first-team All-Big Ten pick by BTN.com and second-team pick by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . named a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports . . . named to CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team . . . led team with 113.5 knockdowns, including nine dominators, and played a team-high 959 snaps . . . only allowed 2.5 sacks all season . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (offense) for the second year in a row . . . helped limit Baylor All-America defensive Shawn Oakman to just three tackles as MSU gained 238 rushing yards on the nation's No. 9 rushing defense in the win over the fourth-ranked Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic . . . graded out the highest (83 percent) among Spartan offensive linemen during the regular season . . . named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy (awarded to former walk-on) . . . was selected Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week a team-high four times (vs. Rutgers, Purdue, Wyoming and Jacksonville State) during the regular season . . . had 9.5 knockdowns at Penn State, including two dominators . . . selected Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Rutgers after MSU scored 45 points and racked up 520 yards of total offense in the win over the Scarlet Knights . . . graded out the highest among Spartan offensive lineman (92 percent) vs. No. 14 Ohio State while being matched up for most of the game against Big Ten sack leader Joey Bosa; recorded 10.5 knockdowns and helped limit Bosa to just one tackle . . . led team with 15 knockdowns in the win over Michigan . . . led the Spartans with 10 knockdowns at Indiana as MSU rushed for 330 yards . . . named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after producing a team-best 10 knockdowns at Purdue . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording a career-best 15.5 knockdowns vs. Wyoming as MSU rushed for 338 yards and didn't allow a sack . . . posted the highest grade among Spartan offensive lineman at No. 3 Oregon; had five knockdowns, including two dominators, against the Ducks . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording nine knockdowns, including two dominators, in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, as MSU racked up 565 total yards.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Started 13 games (10 at left tackle; three at right tackle) and saw action in all 14 games in his first season . . . named first-team Freshman All-American by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and the Football Writers Association of America . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (offense) . . . was credited with 55 knockdowns during the regular season . . . recorded a team-high five knockdowns against Minnesota . . . had a season-high eight knockdowns against Illinois . . . collected six knockdowns at Nebraska . . . recorded six knockdowns vs. Purdue . . . had seven knockdowns against Indiana . . . started his first game at left tackle at Iowa . . . started at right tackle the first three games of the season (vs. Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State) . . . also saw action at left tackle in the first four games . . . started in his collegiate debut vs. Western Michigan; played 74 snaps against the Broncos and recorded 5.5 knockdowns . . . was a preferred walk-on for the 2012 season and earned a scholarship in the spring of 2013.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Eastern Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter for his father Darren Conklin at Plainwell (Michigan) High School . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Associated Press and The Detroit News as a senior . . . earned first-team All-Wolverine Conference and first-team All-Allegan County honors in 2011 . . . Kalamazoo Gazette Division 1-4 first-team all-area selection as a senior . . . two-way starter saw action at right tackle and defensive end in 2011 . . . led the Trojans in tackles with 80 as a senior . . . recorded 12 tackles for loss, including two sacks . . . registered a career-best 11 stops vs. Edwardsburg . . . two-year starter at center for the Trojan basketball team . . . averaged a double-double as a senior (17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game) . . . contributed 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior . . . also lettered in track (shot put and discus) . . . member of the National Honor Society . . . son of Darren and Jennifer Conklin . . . born Aug. 17, 1994 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science -- human capital and society . . . spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in Australia (June-July 2015), participating in MSU's study abroad International Summer Sports Program.