Defensive end Shilique Calhoun has been elected captain by his peers for the second-straight year, while center Jack Allen and linebacker Darien Harris assume new leadership roles.
Dantonio announces team captains following Thursday's practice.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Jack Allen, Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook give their takes on who to watch for this upcoming season.
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
Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner has collected 64 tackles, including four for losses (9 yards), in 40 career games . . . enters his second season as the starting Star linebacker . . . featured on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) . . . ranks among college football's strongest players (No. 5) in a list compiled by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com; Harris can put up 450 pounds on the bench and 650 on squats.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started 11 of 13 games at Star linebacker . . . ranked fifth on the team with a career-high 48 tackles . . . ranked eighth on the team during the regular season with 107 production points . . . tied for team lead with two forced fumbles . . . collected a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss (9 yards) . . . recorded a half tackle for loss (1 yard) in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . posted four stops and forced a fumble vs. Rutgers . . . had three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, along with a pass break-up, at Maryland; was named the fourth game captain against the Terrapins as he returned to his home state . . . posted five stops vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . tied a career best with seven tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the victory over Michigan . . . tied for second on the team with 24 production points at Purdue; recorded six tackles, including a 2-yard loss, and his 15-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:22 left sealed the win for MSU . . . led team with 19 production points against Wyoming (career-high seven tackles, forced fumble, fumble recovery) . . . had three stops at No. 3 Oregon . . . led the Spartans with five tackles in the season opener against Jacksonville State, including a half sack (5 yards) and a QB hurry . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 14 games, primarily on special teams . . . recorded 12 tackles . . . saw extensive action at middle linebacker in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against fifth-ranked Stanford; collected a season-high five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in the win over the Cardinal . . . recorded two tackles each against Northwestern and Youngstown State . . . had a tackle and a quarterback hurry in the Big Ten opener at Iowa.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . compiled four tackles, all on kickoff coverage, with one stop each against Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and TCU . . . compiled 15 tackles in three spring scrimmages, including 2.0 for losses (5 yards) . . . produced five tackles for the White, including a 1-yard tackle for loss, in the April 28 spring game.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 32) and Rivals.com (No. 35) . . . listed among the country's top safeties by Scout.com (No. 67) . . . rated among the Mid-Atlantic's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 19) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Team . . . listed among Maryland's Top 10 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 10) . . . played in the 2010 Chesapeake Bowl in Towson, Maryland . . . two-year starter for Coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland . . . selected first-team All-Gameday linebacker (private schools) by GamedayMD.com . . . honorable mention all-state pick (big schools) as a running back . . . named first-team all-county . . . recorded 83 tackles, including five sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior . . . also accounted for 962 combined yards (rushing and receiving) and five touchdowns in 2010 . . . rushed 92 times for 793 yards (8.6 avg.) as a senior, including two 100-yard games (12 carries for 114 yards vs. O'Connell and 19 attempts for 159 yards vs. St. John's) . . . had five receptions for 169 yards (33.8 avg.) in 2010 . . . produced 168 combined yards on just 11 touches vs. Good Counsel (nine rushes for 89 yards and two catches for 79 yards, including a 71-yard TD grab) . . . earned third-team all-league honors as a junior after registering 40 tackles, including four sacks . . . son of Alan and Lisa Harris . . . father Alan played running back at Virginia Tech (lettered in 1982, '84 and '85) . . . born March 31, 1993 . . . graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2015 . . . currently pursuing a second degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science -- human capital and society.