Hicks was a three-year letterwinner for the Spartans in 2012-14 and a member of the 2013 Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship team.
Eighteen former Spartans audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.
Tony Lippett voted 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
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner recorded 27 tackles in 32 career games . . . made the move from safety to linebacker during the 2013 season . . . earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in August 2014.
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Recorded a career-high 19 tackles and four pass break-ups in nine games . . . suffered a broken arm in the Nebraska game in Week 5 and missed four games . . . returned to action at Maryland in Week 10 . . . defensive recipient of MSU's Biggie Munn Award (most inspirational player) . . . registered a career-high four tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor . . . collected a tackle and broke up a pass at Penn State . . . credited with a pass break-up on Senior Day vs. Rutgers . . . had two tackles at Maryland after missing the previous four games with a broken arm . . . posted three stops, including a 5-yard sack, against Wyoming . . . had three tackles and a pass break-up at No. 3 Oregon in his first career start . . . collected three tackles in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in all 14 games, primarily on special teams . . . recorded three tackles.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in eight games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . had four tackles . . . made the transition from cornerback to safety . . . posted one stop each against Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Missed a majority of the season due to injury . . . returned for the 2012 Outback Bowl against No. 18 Georgia and recorded a tackle against the Bulldogs.
2010 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Participated in the 2010 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina . . . rated among the nation's top cornerbacks by Scout.com (No. 10), Max Emfinger (No. 22), Scouts, Inc. (No. 24) and Rivals.com (No. 42) . . . ranked among the nation's top defensive backs by Tom Lemming (No. 12), Athlon Sports (No. 31) and Phil Steele (No. 48) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . listed among the state's top seniors by Scout.com (No. 3), Rivals.com (No. 8), The Detroit News (No. 18), Lansing State Journal (No. 18) and Detroit Free Press (No. 22) . . . two-year starter for Coach Antonio Watts at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan . . . recorded 44 tackles and four interceptions as a senior in 2009 despite being sidelined for three games with a sprained ankle . . . rushed 104 times for 685 yards (6.6 avg.) and four touchdowns as a junior . . . posted two 100-yard rushing games in 2008: vs. Cooley (13 carries for 165 yards and 2 TDs) and Mumford (22 for 161) . . . also credited with 15 tackles (9 solos, 6 assists), one interception and seven passes defended as a junior . . . registered nine tackles (5 solos, 4 assists), three passes defended and forced a fumble vs. Ford . . . also competed in track and field . . . son of Reggie and Renee Hill . . . born Jan. 21, 1993.