Fifth-year senior Arjen Colquhoun and junior Darian Hicks plan to have an immediate impact after red-shirt freshman Vayante Copeland suffered a season-ending neck injury against Oregon in Week 2.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Quotes from players and coaches.
Michigan State rolled to a 38-0 halftime lead en route to a 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State in Friday night's 2014 season and home opener.
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.
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
CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner . . . listed as a starter at cornerback on the depth chart . . . was limited during preseason camp due to mononucleosis . . . has 60 tackles, two interceptions and six pass break-ups in 37 career games, including 15 starts.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Has a career-best 30 tackles and three pass break-ups in 10 games of action, including five starts (Purdue, Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa) . . . missed three games due to injury (Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska) . . . returned to action vs. Maryland in Week 10 for the first time since Week 6 at Rutgers and recorded four tackles and a pass break-up against the Terrapins . . . returned to the starting lineup in Week 11 at Ohio State . . . recorded a career-high nine tackles and was named Spartan Co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State in the regular-season finale . . . played in a reserve role the first four games before returning to the starting lineup in Week 5 vs. Purdue; tallied four tackles and had a pass break-up against the Boilermakers . . . suffered an injury at Rutgers in Week 6 and had to leave the game.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games . . . started the first 10 games at field corner . . . collected 28 tackles (19 solos, 9 assists) . . . had two interceptions and three pass break-ups . . . posted two stops in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic vs. No. 5 Baylor . . . had two tackles and picked off a pass to end the first half at Maryland . . . collected a career-high eight tackles vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . recorded a career-best two pass break-ups in the win over Michigan . . . had two tackles at Indiana, including a 3-yard loss . . . collected four tackles at Purdue . . . posted two stops in win over No. 19 Nebraska . . . tallied three tackles at No. 3 Oregon . . . recorded an interception, pass break-up and one tackle in his first career start vs. Jacksonville State in the season opener.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . recorded tackles against Michigan and Minnesota.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top cornerbacks by Rivals.com (No. 68), ESPN.com (No. 71) and Scout.com (No. 74) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 117) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No 48) and ESPN.com (No. 54) . . . three-year starter for Coach Jim McQuaide at Solon (Ohio) High School . . . helped the Comets to a combined record of 27-8 (.771) . . . two-time first-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference selection (2011-12) . . . had 33 receptions for 542 yards (16.4 avg.) and eight touchdowns as a senior . . . returned 11 kickoffs for 219 yards (19.9 avg.) in 2012 . . . also returned 12 punts for 200 yards (16.7 avg.) and one score as a senior . . . recorded 15 tackles (9 solos, 6 assists) and a team-leading four interceptions in 2012 . . . caught a career-best eight passes for 82 yards and intercepted two passes vs. Brunswick . . . had six receptions for 109 yards and two TDs (32 and 34 yards) and his 40-yard punt return set up another score vs. Twinsburg . . . scored on a 78-yard punt return vs. Buchtel . . . had six catches for a career-best 120 yards and two TDs (38 and 46 yards) in the 2012 season opener vs. Shaker Heights . . . his 46-yard TD grab with 19 seconds left gave the Comets a 24-21 win over Shaker Heights . . . earned second-team all-district honors as a junior . . . caught 25 passes for 275 yards (11.0 avg.) and two scores in 2011 . . . accounted for six total touchdowns as a junior, with four coming on returns . . . returned 12 kickoffs for 530 yards (44.2 avg.) in 2011, including a career-long 92-yard runback for a TD . . . registered a career-best 41 tackles (23 solos, 15 assists), including three for losses, and two interceptions in 2011 . . . credited with 31 tackles (18 solos, 13 assists), including one for a loss, as a sophomore . . . led the team with six interceptions in 2010, including a 67-yard return for a TD vs. Mentor . . . also competed in track and field . . . posted personal bests of 5-9 in the high jump and 23-0 in the long jump . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan wide receiver Edward Barksdale III . . . son of Arthur and Melanice Hicks . . . born Aug. 21, 1995 . . . communication major.