Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Cornerback Darian Hicks, quarterback Damion Terry and safety Demetrious Cox are among those players who made their presence known in Saturday's Green-White game.
No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
Several true freshmen are pushing for playing time this season.
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 is one of the leading candidates to start at tailback entering preseason camp . . . split carries with the first-team offense during spring practice . . . rushed 11 times for 48 yards in the Green-White spring game.
2014 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Collected 44 rushing yards on 15 carries in three games of action (Jacksonville State, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State) . . . had eight carries for 28 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Northwestern and Purdue).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top running backs by Rivals.com (No. 45), Scout.com (No. 47) and 247Sports.com (No. 61) . . . ranked among the nation's Top 25 big backs by MaxPreps.com (No. 16) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 131) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 6), The Detroit News (No. 8), Detroit Free Press (No. 10), Rivals.com (No. 11), 247Sports.com (No. 11), Scout.com (No. 12) and ESPN.com (No. 20) . . . three-year starter for Coach Nate Williams at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan . . . first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press (Divisions 1-2), The Detroit News (Divisions 1-2) and Detroit Free Press (Division 1) as a senior . . . also named to the Flint Journal Dream Team . . . rushed 94 times for 1,023 yards (10.9 avg.) and 14 touchdowns in 2012 . . . recorded five 100-yard rushing games as a senior . . . set career highs for carries (21) and rushing yards (205) in his final game in a Cavalier uniform vs. Gland Blanc, including an 80-yard TD run . . . rushed eight times for 166 yards (20.8 avg.) and two scores (39 and 75 yards) vs. Flushing . . . picked up 122 yards on 10 carries and scored a career-best three TDs (5, 3 and 6 yards) vs. Flint Northern . . . carried six times for 128 yards (21.3 avg.) and two scores (80 and 11 yards) vs. Saginaw Heritage . . . gained 162 yards on 14 attempts and scored twice (3 and 78 yards) in the 2012 season opener vs. Grand Blanc . . . earned First-Team All-Big Nine Conference honors as a junior, despite playing in only five games due to an ankle injury . . . ran 70 times for 351 yards (5.0 avg.) and three TDs in 2011 . . . set season highs for carries (16) and rushing yards (99) and scored once vs. Ann Arbor Huron . . . carried 15 times for 80 yards and one TD vs. Davison . . . gained 98 yards on 14 attempts and scored once vs. Flushing . . . also participated in basketball and track and field . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan All-Big Ten safety Otis Wiley (2005-08) . . . son of Gerald Holmes Sr. . . . born Nov. 15, 1994 . . . majoring in studio art.