Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Quotes from players and coaches.
Cornerback Darian Hicks, quarterback Damion Terry and safety Demetrious Cox are among those players who made their presence known in Saturday's Green-White game.
Second spring scrimmage scheduled for Saturday.
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
Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner enters preseason camp as the starting boundary corner . . . has 32 tackles in 27 career games . . . primarily has seen action at safety, 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, collecting 15 tackles and one pass break-up in two spring scrimmages and the Green-White spring game.
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.