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
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Third-year player enters spring practice listed as the back-up defensive end, behind Shilique Calhoun.
2014 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Earned his first letter after seeing action in all 13 games . . . had 10 tackles, including two for losses (14 yards) . . . tied for second on the team with five quarterback hurries . . . credited with a quarterback hurry in the Cotton Bowl Classic vs. No. 4 Baylor . . . recorded two tackles and a pass break-up vs. Rutgers . . . tallied eight production points at Indiana; recovered a fumble and had a tackle against Hoosiers in the fourth quarter . . . had seven production points, tied for most among defensive lineman, vs. Wyoming . . . recorded a 5-yard tackle for loss and two QB hurries against Eastern Michigan . . . in his collegiate debut, recorded three tackles, including a 9-yard sack, in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State . . . named MSU's breakout player of the spring by ESPN.com.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Western Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive ends by Scout.com (No. 58) and ESPN.com (No. 83) . . . rated among the country's top weakside defensive ends by 247Sports.com (No. 22) and Rivals.com (No. 28) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 143) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 12), Rivals.com (No. 14) and ESPN.com (No 29) . . . played his entire prep career for Coach Jason Richardson, both at Percy L. Julian and Morgan Park High Schools . . . recorded 14 tackles, including two sacks, and scored on a 3-yard reception vs. Hales Franciscan in his only appearance of the 2012 season . . . named Defensive Line MVP at National Underclassmen Five-Star Central Showcase in April 2012 . . . transferred from Morgan Park to Julian prior to his senior year . . . sat out his entire junior season with a knee injury . . . posted 89 tackles as a sophomore, with nearly half of his tackles resulting in losses . . . registered 40 tackles for loss in 2010, including 18 sacks . . . produced eight tackles, including three sacks, vs. Providence Catholic in the season opener at Soldier Field . . . also lettered in basketball . . . son of Diana Cooper and Steven Taylor Sr. . . . born Feb. 23, 1995 . . . no-preference major.