Michigan State has won 24 games the past two seasons, the most in back-to-back seasons in school history and tied for third most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
Michigan State returns seven of nine starters along the offensive and defensive lines.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
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
Fifth-year senior and two-year letterwinner has seen action in 27 career games . . . enters his second season as a starter on the defensive line . . . listed as the starter at defensive tackle on the depth chart.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started 12 of 13 games at defensive tackle . . . collected career highs in tackles (29), tackles for loss (five for 22 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 19 yards) . . . led Spartan defensive tackles with five TFLs . . . had a productive game in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor, tallying three stops; credited with a half sack (6 yards) of Bear QB Bryce Petty, along with teammate Shilique Calhoun, in the third quarter, and also split a tackle for loss (1 yard) with Darien Harris on a rush in the first quarter . . . ranked first among Spartan defensive tackles in the regular season with 82 production points . . . led Spartan defensive linemen with 11 production points vs. Rutgers as he recorded career highs in tackles (five), tackles for loss (two for 7 yards) and sacks (one for 6 yards) . . . compiled 11 production points at Maryland . . . had three tackles, including a half sack (4 yards), vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . totaled 10 production points at Purdue, including two QB hits and a solo tackle . . . tallied 13 production points in the win over No. 19 Nebraska (three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and two quarterback hurries) . . . recorded four tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), at No. 3 Oregon . . . collected three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in his first career start in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 10 games as a back-up defensive end to earn his first letter . . . made the transition from defensive end to defensive tackle during bowl practices . . . recorded three quarterback hurries, including two at Illinois . . . also had QB hurry in the win over No. 23 Michigan . . . broke up a pass in the season opener against Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in five games (Boise State, Central Michigan, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Michigan).
2011 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented the Ohio All-Stars in the June 2011 Big 33 Classic in Hershey, Pennsylvania . . . rated among the nation's top defensive ends by Scout.com (No. 26) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 49) . . . three-year starter for Coach Arvie Crouch at Mount Healthy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . two-time first-team All-Ohio (Division II) selection by The Associated Press . . . named AP All-Ohio Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . two-time first-team AP Southwest All-District pick . . . selected AP Southwest All-District Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 . . . two-time first-team all-conference choice . . . voted Fort Ancient Valley Conference Co-Athlete of the Year as a senior . . . produced five sacks in 2010 . . . named to Cincinnati Enquirer's All-Area (Division II-VI) Team as a junior . . . recorded 41 tackles (22 solos, 19 assists) in 2009, finishing third in the conference with 6.5 sacks . . . registered two sacks each vs. Aiken and Northwest . . . recovered two fumbles vs. Western Hills . . . son of Chauncey and Kim Heath . . . born June 18, 1993 . . . scheduled to graduate with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in December.