Jack Allen, Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook give their takes on who to watch for this upcoming season.
The Butkus Award has been presented to college football’s best linebacker since 1985.
Michigan State, which has posted a 24-3 record over the last two years, is the only school in the nation to win a Bowl Championship Series game during the 2013 season and a New Year's Six bowl game last season.
Harris, a native of Silver Spring, Maryland, expects a big family turnout for Saturday's 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: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner has collected 64 tackles, including four for losses (9 yards), in 40 career games . . . enters spring practice as the starting Star linebacker.
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 career-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 . . . majoring in journalism.