Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Spring game set for Saturday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Nick Hill's 7-yard touchdown run the difference in the second scrimmage.
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 NOTES: Fifth-year senior enters his third season as the starting kickoff specialist . . . is also the back-up placekicker . . . averaging 62.0 yards per kickoff in his career . . . has 70 touchbacks (40 percent; 70-for-177 in touchbacks) . . . averaged 63.4 yards on kickoffs with a Big Ten-best 46 touchbacks as a sophomore in 2014 . . . ranked among the NCAA FBS leaders in kickoffs (third with 99), kickoff yards (third with 6,279), kickoff average (10th at 63.4) and touchbacks (tied for 13th with 46) in 2014.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Averaged 60.1 yards per kickoff . . . had 23 touchbacks (16 in last seven games; seven through first seven games) on 76 kickoffs (30 percent) . . . averaged 64.6 yards on five kickoffs, including three touchbacks, in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa . . . had four touchbacks on nine kickoffs vs. Penn State . . . named Spartan Special Teams Co-Player of the Week vs. No. 2 Ohio State after averaging 65.0 yards per kickoff (195 yards on three kickoffs) with three touchbacks . . . averaged 64.8 yards per kickoff (four for 259 yards) with one touchback vs. Maryland; named Spartan Special Teams Co-Player of the Week against the Terrapins . . . had a season-best four touchbacks on nine kickoffs vs. Indiana; averaged 63.0 yards per kickoff (567 yards on nine kickoffs).
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Earned his first letter after serving as the team's kickoff specialist . . . averaged 63.4 yards on kickoffs with a Big Ten-best 46 touchbacks . . . ranked among the NCAA FBS leaders in kickoffs (third with 99), kickoff yards (third with 6,279), kickoff average (10th at 63.4) and touchbacks (tied for 13th with 46) . . . was named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week four times (Jacksonville State, Wyoming, Nebraska, Michigan) . . . averaged 64.2 yards (six kickoffs for 385 yards) and had four touchbacks in the win over No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic . . . had four touchbacks on eight kickoffs and averaged 64.6 yards (517 total yards) vs. Rutgers . . . had five touchbacks on six kickoffs (62.2 avg.) vs. Michigan . . . produced five touchbacks in nine kickoffs at Indiana (62.3 avg.) . . . had four touchbacks on six kickoffs against No. 19 Nebraska . . . had five touchbacks on nine kickoffs against Wyoming . . . had a career-high nine touchbacks on 12 kickoffs against Eastern Michigan.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): In his only action of the season, had two kickoffs for 125 yards (62.5 avg.) with one touchback against Youngstown State.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter for Coach Tim Wooer at Traverse City (Michigan) West High School . . . honorable mention all-state (Division 1-2) selection as a senior . . . earned first-team All-Big North honors after accounting for 42 points in 2011, converting 3-of-4 field-goal attempts and 33-of-35 extra-point tries . . . 44 of his 47 kickoffs (94 percent) resulted in touchbacks . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan linebacker Eric Gordon (2007-10) . . . two-year letterman in soccer . . . earned first-team All-Big North honors in soccer as a senior after leading the conference in goals (30) and points (45) . . . scored three goals each vs. Alpena and Ogemaw Heights in 2011 . . . son of Clay and Debbie Cronin . . . born March 1, 1994 . . . economics major.