Dantonio announces team captains following Thursday's practice.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Aaron Burbridge named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
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
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Air Force.
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior enters his second season as a starter in 2016 . . . listed as a starter at safety, but can also play cornerback . . . three-year letterwinner has 111 tackles and 11 passes defended (three interceptions, eight pass break-ups) in 41 career games, including 15 starts (nine at cornerback, six at safety) . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection (fourth team) by Athlon Sports.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Third-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and honorable mention by the media . . . also a third-team All-Big Ten choice by Phil Steele . . . named the team’s recipient of the Outstanding Underclass Back Award (defense) . . . started all 14 games (eight at cornerback, six at safety) . . . started the first four games at cornerback before starting two games at safety (Purdue, Rutgers) . . . returned to cornerback in Week 7 at Michigan, but then switched back to safety in Week 11 at Ohio State . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 79 tackles . . . ranked second on the team with seven pass break-ups . . . tied for the team lead with three interceptions . . . ranked tied for third on the team with 127 production points during the regular season . . . recorded seven stops vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic . . . tallied seven tackles vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game and picked off a pass in the end zone in the second quarter . . . led the Spartan secondary with 20 production points in the win over Penn State; posted seven stops and returned a fumble 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Nittany Lions . . . recorded four tackles in victory at No. 2 Ohio State while switching back to a starting role at safety . . . had three tackles and a pass break-up vs. Maryland . . . tallied five tackles, including a 3-yard loss, and had a 14-yard interception return at Nebraska . . . recorded six stops and broke up two passes vs. Indiana; compiled a team-high 16 production points against the Hoosiers . . . matched his career high with eight tackles while starting at cornerback at Michigan . . . tallied a career-high eight tackles, including a 1-yard loss, at Rutgers . . . recorded his first career interception and had three tackles vs. Purdue in his first career start at safety . . . posted five stops each vs. Central Michigan and Air Force . . . recorded seven tackles and tied a career best with two pass break-ups in victory over No. 7 Oregon . . . collected four tackles and two pass break-ups in the season opener at Western Michigan.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games to earn his second letter . . . registered 26 tackles, including two for losses (20 yards) . . . ranked second on the team with eight special teams tackles, all on kickoffs . . . had one tackle, one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry in the Cotton Bowl Classic victory against No. 4 Baylor . . . posted four stops, including a 6-yard for loss, and broke up a pass in win at Penn State . . . started his first career game at cornerback vs. Rutgers and had four tackles against the Scarlet Knights . . . collected four stops and had eight production points at Maryland . . . recorded a 14-yard sack vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . tallied two stops vs. Wyoming . . . forced and recovered a fumble in the third quarter that led to a field goal vs. Eastern Michigan . . . collected four tackles in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . recorded six tackles . . . posted a season-high three stops against Western Michigan in the opener.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep, MaxPreps and PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation’s Top 100 prospects by Tom Lemming and Scout.com (No. 97) . . . rated among the country’s top safeties by Scout.com (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 13), 247Sports.com (No. 18) and ESPN.com (No. 28) . . . listed among the nation’s top defensive backs by SuperPrep (No. 29) . . . ranked among Pennsylvania’s top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), ESPN.com (No. 11) and 247Sports.com (No. 11) . . . selected to play in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. . . . three-year starter for Roy Hall at Jeannette High School . . . Class AA first-team all-state selection by Pennsylvania Sports Writers in 2011 . . . headlined Post-Gazette’s East Xtra Fabulous 22 All-Stars . . . named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year after leading the Jayhawks (12-1) advance to 2011 state championship game . . . earned All-PIAA honors after accounting for 2,173 total yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior . . . rushed for 1,263 yards and 22 TDs in 2011 . . . completed 62-of-106 throws (.585) for 910 yards and nine scores as a senior . . . recorded 63 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a TD, in 2011 . . . scored 10 TDs during Jeannette’s playoff run . . . produced 1,319 total yards and 16 TDs as a junior . . . ran for 621 yards and 12 scores in 2010 . . . threw for 698 yards (55-of-88 passing) and four TDs as a junior . . . tallied 55 tackles and three interceptions in 2010, as the Jayhawks held 10 of their opponents to 13 points or less . . . surpassed the 1,000-point career milestone in basketball during his senior season . . . earned all-conference honors as junior after averaging 18 points per game . . . son of Dorsey Cox and Rochelle Tillman . . . born April 20, 1994 . . . graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science – human capital and society . . . currently pursuing a second degree in sociology.