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
Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State
Fourth-year player enters his second season as the starting kickoff specialist . . . is also the back-up placekicker.
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.