MSU and NU will meet at noon Saturday in Spartan Stadium.
Thirteen seniors will make their final appearance in Spartan Stadium on Saturday against Northwestern.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio meets with the media before the team's first practice on Saturday.
Spartans return eight starters from the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten last season.
Spartans officially begin spring practice on Tuesday.
CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner had 11 tackles (7 solos, 4 assists), including 3.5 for losses (10 yards), in 21 career games.
2012 SEASON: Did not compete due to injury and received a medical hardship.
2011 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 10 games to earn his second letter . . . collected five tackles (2 solos, 3 assists), including 1.5 for losses (7 yards) . . . registered a 3-yard tackle for loss against Indiana . . . recorded two tackles against Florida Atlantic, including a half sack (4 yards).
2010 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games to earn his first letter. . . saw time on third-and-long situations . . . made six tackles . . . had a tackle for loss (1 yard) in the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Alabama . . . posted one tackle each against Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota . . . tallied two stops, including one for a 2-yard loss, in his collegiate debut against Western Michigan.
2009 SEASON: Sat out the entire 2009 regular season for academic reasons . . . joined the active roster prior to the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl and participated in bowl practices in San Antonio, Texas . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 12, 2009, for the beginning of the spring semester.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . earned first-team All-Ohio, first-team all-district and first-team All-Lake Erie League honors in 2007 . . . recorded 91 tackles as a senior, with 30 resulting in losses including 14.5 sacks . . . also blocked four field goals, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in 2007 . . . four-year letterman for Coach Jeff Rotsky at Cleveland Heights (Ohio) High School . . . originally signed a National Letter of Intent to attend West Virginia coming out of high school . . . born Sept. 22, 1989 . . . son of Pamela Sloan and nephew of Calvin Locke . . . majoring in sociology.