Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Fifth-year senior offensive guard Brandon Clemons, sophomore offensive lineman David Beedle and sophomore tight end Matt Sokol have blossomed this spring, and all are expected to be major contributors in 2016.
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
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games, including five starts at left tackle (Furman, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois) . . . started the first four games at left tackle but moved inside to guard in Game 5 vs. BYU and Game 6 vs. Northwestern . . . suffered an injury vs. Northwestern and missed the Maryland game, but returned to action against Michigan in a back-up role . . . saw action against Penn State, Ohio State and Rutgers . . . returned to starting lineup at Illinois at left tackle, posting four knockdowns, including one dominator . . . suffered an injury vs. Northwestern and missed Maryland game . . . recorded three knockdowns vs. BYU, including one dominator . . . posted three knockdowns, including one dominator in the Wisconsin game . . . tallied three dominators at Notre Dame to share the offensive line lead, as part of 7.5 knockdowns . . . started his first career game at left tackle vs. Furman and graded out at a winning level, logging 11.5 knockdowns including two dominators.
2015 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Played in 10 games to earn his first letter . . . primarily saw action on special teams, but saw extensive time at left guard midway through the season due to injuries on the offensive line . . . played 115 snaps on offense during the regular season . . . had five knockdowns during the regular season . . . had two knockdowns in just seven snaps vs. Penn State . . . saw action for a career-high 41 snaps vs. Indiana . . . played seven snaps at Michigan . . . played 25 snaps at Rutgers and had one dominator . . . was pressed into duty at left guard in Week 5 vs. Purdue, seeing significant time in the second half due to injuries along the offensive line; played 33 snaps against the Boilermakers and had two knockdowns . . . made his collegiate debut in Week 4 vs. Central Michigan . . . made the transition from the defensive line to the offensive line during spring practice.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Jacksonville State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 29) and Rivals.com (No. 38) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), National Underclassmen (No. 13), ESPN.com (No. 20), The Detroit News (No. 27) and Detroit Free Press (No. 31) . . . All-Oakland Activities Association Red selection anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 14.7 points per game in 2013 . . . recorded 30 tackles (10 solos, 20 assists) as a senior, with six resulting in losses including a sack . . . posted three tackles, with two for losses including a 6-yard sack, in Clarkston's 32-14 win over Detroit Catholic Central in the 2013 Division 1 state championship game . . . made three stops, including two for losses, vs. Rochester as a senior . . . son of Fred and Diane Beedle . . . born Aug. 20, 1996 . . . economics major.