Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Maryland head coach DJ Durkin and players discuss MSU-Maryland game.
Spartan players preview MSU's Senior Day game against Maryland on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Spartan Senior Running Back
Michigan State held its annual media day Monday afternoon in the Izzo Family Media Center inside Spartan Stadium.
Complete transcript from Dantonio's press conference on media day.
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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CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior expects to receive his share of carries in the backfield . . . experienced tailback has rushed for 1,241 yards and 13 touchdowns on 279 carries . . . also has 28 catches for 218 yards and one touchdown . . . has played in 37 career games, including 14 starts . . . member of the team’s Eagles leadership council . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan All-Big Ten safety Otis Wiley (2005-08).
2017 SEASON (SENIOR): Has played in nine games, including five starts . . . has 226 rushing yards on 63 carries (3.6 avg.) . . . tied season-high with 11 carries for season-best 64 yards on Senior Day against Maryland, including tying season-long rush of 16 yards that was vintage run, breaking tackles and dragging defenders on the way . . . rushed six times for 11 yards at No. 11 Ohio State . . . had three carries for 6 yards and one catch for 15 yards in win over No. 7 Penn State . . . returned to action at Northwestern after missing two games with an injury and started, rushing for 13 yards on five carries and adding two catches for 25 yards . . . did not see action at Minnesota or against Indiana due to injury . . . was starting running back in Michigan game, posting 11 carries for 27 yards with a long of 15 . . . started against Iowa, posting 8 yards on four carries . . . caught first career TD on career-long 25-yard catch and run for score vs. Notre Dame, adding a 5-yard reception to finish with 30 yards receiving to go with 22 yards rushing on six carries . . . started Western Michigan game, rushing eight times for 35 yards . . . rushed for 40 yards on nine carries in opener against Bowling Green, with a long of 16 yards.
2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, including two starts (Northwestern, BYU) . . . ranked second on the team in rushing yards (430), carries (91) and rushing touchdowns (5) . . . also second among MSU's running backs in average per carry with 4.7 ypc . . . led MSU in rushing in four games (Notre Dame, Indiana, BYU, Illinois) . . . had a career-best 11 receptions for 48 yards (4.4 avg.) . . . named offensive recipient of MSU's Tommy Love Award (most improved player) . . . rushed for over 50 yards in five of the last nine games as part of six times overall . . . had six carries for 23 yards at No. 8 Penn State, going over 1,000 yards for his career; added two catches for 5 yards against the Nittany Lions . . . tallied 52 yards on nine carries with a long of 25 yards vs. Rutgers . . . had second-highest output of season with 78 yards on 12 carries at Illinois and scored on a 6-yard run, adding three catches for 15 yards . . . had 59 yards on 13 carries with a long of 26 yards and scored on a 1-yard TD at Maryland . . . made first start of season vs. BYU and had 15 carries for 57 yards and an 8-yard TD rush to go with a team-leading and career-high four catches for 22 yards vs. BYU . . . carried the ball nine times for 51 yards with a long of 22 yards and added one catch at Indiana . . . named one of two Spartan Unsung Hero award recipients at No. 18 Notre Dame after his second career 100-yard rushing game with 100 yards on just 13 carries and had two TDs . . . his 73-yard scoring run in the third quarter was not only a career-long rush, surpassing a 43-yard run vs. Nebraska (11/7/15), but it also marked MSU's longest rushing TD since Nick Hill's 76-yarder at Indiana in 2014.
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 (REDSHIRT 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 . . . studio art major.