Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Complete transcript from Dantonio's press conference on media day.
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
Oct. 8, 2016
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Ohio State.
USATSI Photos of Michigan State Football vs. Maryland
The Spartans traveled to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights on Saturday night.
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Air Force.
CAREER NOTES: Fourth-year tailback enters preseason practice as one of the starting running backs . . . has 125 carries for 584 yards (4.7 avg.) and eight rushing touchdowns in 16 career games.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked second on the team in rushing (540 yards; 41.5 ypg.; 4.9 avg.) and rushing TDs (8), and third with 110 carries . . . also had 10 receptions for 92 yards (9.2 avg.) . . . named co-recipient of the team's Outstanding Underclass Back Award (offense) . . . played in 13 games, including seven consecutive starts to close out the season (Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Alabama) . . . also had five tackles, including four on special teams . . . five of his eight rushing TDs arrived in the fourth quarter . . . after being inserted into the starting lineup in Week 8, led the team in rushing yards (387), carries (81) and touchdowns (5) . . . led team in rushing during Big Ten games with 438 yards on 89 carries (54.8 ypg.; 4.9 avg.) . . . paced the Spartan ground attack for the fourth game in a row with 64 yards on 12 carries (5.3 avg.) vs. Penn State, including a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter; had 100 all-purpose yards against the Nittany Lions, as he also had three receptions for 36 yards . . . led the Spartans in rushing with 65 yards on 14 carries, including a 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, in the 17-14 win at No. 2 Ohio State . . . gained 83 yards on 18 carries vs. Maryland; had a 3-yard TD run behind right guard with 7:20 left in the third quarter . . . posted career highs in rushing yards (117) and carries (22) at Nebraska; scored on a 1-yard TD run with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter . . . had 39 rushing yards on 10 attempts vs. Indiana, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, in his first career start . . . led team with 33 rushing yards on eight carries at Michigan . . . averaged 7.4 yards per carry at Rutgers (five carries for 37 yards), including a 30-yarder in the second quarter . . . had four carries for 22 yards, including scores from 3 and 6 yards out, all in the fourth quarter vs. Central Michigan; also had a 17-yard reception against the Chippewas . . . named Spartan unsung hero of the week (offense) for his role in the win over CMU . . . had three carries for 7 yards vs. Air Force . . . did not see action vs. No. 7 Oregon . . . rushed for 54 yards on nine carries (6.0 avg.), including a 20-yard gain and also an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, in the season opener at Western Michigan.
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.