Spartans sign 18 players and add one transfer.
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
Third-year player adds depth at nose tackle.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made his collegiate debut against Western Michigan in his only appearance of the season.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by 247Sports.com (No. 78) . . . rated among Oregon's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 6) and 247Sports.com (No. 6) . . . played his senior season for Coach Faustin Riley at Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon . . . 2011 Class 6A first-team all-state selection by The Oregonian . . . selected All-Metro League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . recorded 82 tackles, with 10.5 resulting in losses including 5.5 sacks, in 2011 . . . led the Apollos in total tackles and sacks . . . played his first three seasons at Rundle College High School in Calgary, Alberta . . . named to the Calgary All-Stars in 2010 while helping the Cobras defeat Holy Rosary, 41-21, in the Alberta Bowl . . . participated in Team Alberta training camp for 2010 U18 Football Canada Cup . . . represented the South All-Stars in the 2009 Bantam Bowl . . . also participated in track and field . . . finished second in the shot put (11.11m) and seventh in the discus (23.52m) in the 2011 Calgary Independent Schools Athletic Association Championships . . . placed third in the shot put (10.2m) in the 2010 CISAA meet . . . son of David and Lynne Fennell . . . born Jan. 1, 1994 . . . his father David, nicknamed "Doctor Death," spent 10 years and won six Grey Cups with Edmonton Eskimos (1974-83) . . . David was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990 . . . his younger brother John competed in the men's single luge for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia . . . majoring in geological sciences.