Spartan Senior Defensive Lineman
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
USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 11/30/13
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior provides depth along the interior of the defensive line . . . also has the ability to play center . . . has played in seven career games . . . moved back to the defensive line in spring practice after spending two seasons as center.
2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in four games (Wisconsin, Indiana, BYU, Rutgers) to earn his first letter . . . played a season-high 20 snaps on the offensive line vs. Rutgers . . . also played on the defensive line against the Scarlet Knights.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played vs. Penn State in his only appearance of the season.
2014 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in two games (vs. Jacksonville State and Eastern Michigan) . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Maryland . . . moved from defensive line to center during spring practice.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by Scout.com (No. 78) and ESPN.com (No. 99) . . . two-year starter for Coach Wayne Ward at Plant City (Florida) High School . . . set career highs for tackles (29: 9 solos, 20 assists), tackles for loss (8) and sacks (5) as a senior . . . his five sacks tied for the team lead in 2012 . . . also credited with two quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries in 2012 . . . recorded three tackles and returned a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown vs. Riverview . . . matched his career best with six tackles (3 solos, 3 assists) vs. Tampa Gaither, including a sack . . . produced five stops vs. Tampa Freedom, including a career-best three sacks . . . registered 21 tackles (14 solos, 7 assists) as a junior, with six resulting in losses including a sack . . . added two QB hurries in 2011 . . . made five stops vs. Riverview . . . totaled five tackles, including a sack, vs. Tampa Gaither . . . posted a career-high six tackles (5 solos, 1 assist) vs. Strawberry Crest . . . son of Buffy Cox . . . born July 10, 1995 . . . earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in May 2017 . . . currently pursuing a second degree in human resources and labor relations.