Connor Kruse
Connor  Kruse


Lowell, Mich.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 325




Spartans Hold Annual Pro Day

Eighteen former Spartans audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.


Dantonio Reflects on Dramatic Cotton Bowl Comeback


2014 Spartan Football Awards Banquet Recap

Tony Lippett voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates.


'Confident' Offense Setting New Standard of Excellence

Spartans have already scored the most points and touchdowns in school history.


Post-Game Quotes: Rutgers

Quotes from players and coaches.


Michigan State 56- Indiana 17


Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

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


Three players preview the upcoming weekend match-up with Purdue

Three players preview the upcoming weekend match-up with Purdue.


Michigan State 56 - Wyoming 14


Michigan State Media Day

Career Bio (PDF)

CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner saw action in 38 career games . . . could play any position on the offensive line . . . received his bachelor's degree in economics in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.

2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Played in nine games, including seven starts (right guard vs. Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland and Rutgers; left guard vs. Penn State; center vs. Indiana) . . . received the President's Award (senior lineman: offense) for perseverance . . . forced to sit out the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic after suffering a knee injury in practice prior to the game . . . had a career-best 67 knockdowns and 12.5 dominators during the regular season . . . had three dominators and seven knockdowns at Penn State . . . led offensive line against Rutgers with seven knockdowns; also had a 1-yard carry in the fourth quarter . . . was named the fourth game captain on Senior Day against the Scarlet Knights . . . led team with seven knockdowns in the win at Maryland . . . tied a team high by playing 70 snaps in the win over Michigan while recording a career-best 11.5 knockdowns . . . started at center in place of Jack Allen at Indiana and recorded 10 knockdowns while playing a season-high 80 snaps . . . started his first career game as the right guard at Purdue; played 64 snaps and ranked second on the team with seven knockdowns, including two dominators . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Purdue . . . played 48 snaps vs. No. 19 Nebraska and recorded 7.5 knockdowns . . . entered preseason camp as the starter at right guard, but suffered an injury in the second preseason scrimmage and missed the first three games . . . returned to action for the Wyoming game and recorded four knockdowns while playing 22 snaps at center and guard.

2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 13 games to earn his second letter . . . saw regular playing time in the rotation at offensive line . . . played all five offensive line positions as well as tight end in 2013.

2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 12 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . former walk-on was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the season.

2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in three games (vs. Youngstown State, Florida Atlantic and Indiana) . . . selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . did not participate in spring practice due to a knee injury.

2010 SEASON: Redshirted . . . sat out the entire season with a knee injury.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Started at left guard for the West in the 2010 Michigan High School All-Star Game, played June 19 in Spartan Stadium . . . nominated for 2010 Michigan High School Athlete of the Year . . . three-year starter and two-way lineman for Coach Noel Dean at Lowell (Michigan) High School, helping the Red Arrows to a combined record of 34-5 (.872) including the 2009 Division 2 state championship (13-1 overall record) . . . two-time Division 1-2 all-state selection . . . two-time member of The Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team . . . also named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams in 2009 . . . two-time first-team all-conference pick . . . anchored an offensive line that helped Lowell average 460 total yards and nearly 50 points per game in 2009 . . . attended Michigan State's 2009 summer football camp . . . two-time all-state wrestler . . . finished second in the 285-pound class at the 2010 Division 1 wrestling championship . . . son of Erick and Sue Kruse . . . born Nov. 1, 1991 . . . received his bachelor's degree in economics in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.