Aaron Burbridge named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Following a season full of injuries in 2015, the Spartans return 12 letterwinners to the defensive backfield with plenty of game experience.
Michigan State’s 65 wins since 2010 are tied for fourth most among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams and most in the Big Ten during that same period.
LJ Scott scored the go-ahead touchdown with 27 seconds left in the game.
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
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Air Force.
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior will enter his second season as a starter in 2016 . . . listed as a starter at safety, but can also play cornerback . . . three-year letterwinner has 111 tackles and 11 passes defended (three interceptions, eight pass break-ups) in 41 career games, including 15 starts (nine at cornerback, six at safety) . . . primarily saw action at safety his first three seasons, but started playing cornerback as well in the final four games of the 2014 season . . . solidified his starting role at cornerback with a solid spring season in 2015 but moved back to safety in the final four games of the season.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Third-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and honorable mention by the media . . . also a third-team All-Big Ten choice by Phil Steele . . . started all 14 games (eight at cornerback, six at safety) . . . started the first four games at cornerback before starting two games at safety (Purdue, Rutgers) . . . returned to cornerback in Week 7 at Michigan, but then switched back to safety in Week 11 at Ohio State . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 79 tackles . . . ranked second on the team with seven pass break-ups . . . tied for the team lead with three interceptions . . . ranked tied for third on the team with 127 production points during the regular season . . . recorded seven stops vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic . . . tallied seven tackles vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game and picked off a pass in the end zone in the second quarter . . . led the Spartan secondary with 20 production points in the win over Penn State; posted seven stops and returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Nittany Lions . . . recorded four tackles in victory at No. 2 Ohio State while switching back to a starting role at safety . . . had three tackles and a pass break-up vs. Maryland . . . tallied five tackles, including a 3-yard loss, and had a 14-yard interception return at Nebraska . . . recorded six stops and broke up two passes vs. Indiana; compiled a team-high 16 production points against the Hoosiers . . . matched his career high with eight tackles while starting at cornerback at Michigan . . . tallied a career-high eight tackles, including a 1-yard loss, at Rutgers . . . recorded his first career interception and had three tackles vs. Purdue in his first carer start at safety . . . posted five stops each vs. Central Michigan and Air Force . . . recorded seven tackles and tied a career best with two pass break-ups in victory over No. 7 Oregon . . . collected four tackles and two pass break-ups in the season opener at Western Michigan.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games to earn his second letter . . . registered a career-high 26 tackles, including two for losses (20 yards) . . . ranked second on the team with eight special teams tackles, all on kickoffs . . . had one tackle, one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry in the Cotton Bowl Classic victory against No. 4 Baylor . . . posted four stops to tie a career high, including a 6-yard for loss, and broke up a pass in win at Penn State . . . started his first career game at cornerback vs. Rutgers; tied a career high with four stops against the Scarlet Knights . . . tied a career high with four tackles and had eight production points at Maryland . . . recorded a 14-yard sack vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . tallied two stops vs. Wyoming . . . forced and recovered a fumble in the third quarter that led to a field goal vs. Eastern Michigan . . . collected a career-high four tackles in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . recorded six tackles . . . posted a season-high three stops against Western Michigan in the opener.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep, MaxPreps and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's Top 100 prospects by Tom Lemming and Scout.com (No. 97) . . . rated among the country's top safeties by Scout.com (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 13), 247Sports.com (No. 18) and ESPN.com (No. 28) . . . listed among the nation's top defensive backs by SuperPrep (No. 29) . . . ranked among Pennsylvania's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), ESPN.com (No. 11) and 247Sports.com (No. 11) . . . selected to play in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. . . . three-year starter for Roy Hall at Jeannette High School . . . Class AA first-team all-state selection by Pennsylvania Sports Writers in 2011 . . . headlined Post-Gazette's East Xtra Fabulous 22 All-Stars . . . named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year after leading the Jayhawks (12-1) advance to 2011 state championship game . . . earned All-PIAA honors after accounting for 2,173 total yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior . . . rushed for 1,263 yards and 22 TDs in 2011 . . . completed 62-of-106 throws (.585) for 910 yards and nine scores as a senior . . . recorded 63 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a TD, in 2011 . . . scored 10 TDs during Jeannette's playoff run . . . produced 1,319 total yards and 16 TDs as a junior . . . ran for 621 yards and 12 scores in 2010 . . . threw for 698 yards (55-of-88 passing) and four TDs as a junior . . . tallied 55 tackles and three interceptions in 2010, as the Jayhawks held 10 of their opponents to 13 points or less . . . surpassed the 1,000-point career milestone in basketball during his senior season . . . earned all-conference honors as junior after averaging 18 points per game . . . son of Dorsey Cox and Rochelle Tillman . . . born April 20, 1994 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science -- human capital and society.