Michigan State rolled to a 38-0 halftime lead en route to a 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State in Friday night's 2014 season and home opener.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter.
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CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior will see his share of carries at tailback . . . three-year letterwinner has rushed for 549 yards and four touchdowns on 129 carries (4.3 avg.) in 41 career games. . . . was the team's primary kick returner in 2011 and 2012 . . . ranks third in MSU history in kickoff return yards (1,764).
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Rushed for a career-high two touchdowns (17 yards and 8 yards) and had 42 yards on 11 carries in the season opener against Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Ranked second on the team in rushing with 344 yards on 67 carries (5.1 avg.; 28.7 ypg.) . . . ranked fifth on the team in all-purpose yards (479; 39.9 ypg.) . . . also had 95 kick return yards (19.0 avg.) . . . rushed for 23 yards on four attempts (5.8 avg.) against Minnesota . . . had 34 yards rushing on six carries (5.7 avg.) at Northwestern . . . collected 70 rushing yards on 13 carries (5.4 avg.) at Illinois . . . rushed for 34 yards on 13 carries at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . recorded a career-high 83 yards rushing on nine attempts (9.2 avg.), including a 35-yard TD run, against Youngstown State . . . led team with 63 yards rushing on nine carries vs. South Florida, including a 23-yard run; earned the start while lining up as a wide receiver and carried the ball 12 yards on MSU's first play from scrimmage . . . collected 33 yards rushing on seven attempts vs. Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards with 789 (670 kick return, 71 punt return, 48 rush) . . . his 670 kick return yards ranked eighth in a MSU single-season . . . ranked seventh in the Big Ten in kick returns (21.6 avg.) . . . ranked third on the team with 48 rushing yards on 21 attempts (2.3 avg.) . . . had 71 punt return yards on eight returns (8.9 avg.) . . . returned three kickoffs for 75 yards in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . compiled 43 all-purpose yards at Minnesota (35 kick return, 8 rushing) . . . had 101 kick return yards against Northwestern . . . rushed for 30 yards on two carries vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . totaled 109 all-purpose yards against No. 14 Ohio State (102 kick return, 10 punt return, -3 rushing) . . . compiled 73 all-purpose yards at Central Michigan (32 kick return, 31 punt return, 10 rushing) and scored his first career TD on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter . . . also had a 31-yard punt return in the second quarter against the Chippewas.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team honorable mention selection . . . appeared in all 14 games as the starting kick returner to earn his first letter . . . his 999 kick return yards were the second most in MSU single-season history and eighth most in Big Ten single-season history . . . ranked fourth in the Big Ten with his 26.3-yard kickoff return average . . . had five returns of 40-plus yards and 10 returns of 30-plus yards . . . also saw time as a back-up running back and ranked fifth on the team with 113 rushing yards on 29 carries (3.9 avg.) . . . ranked fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 1,129 (999 kick return, 113 rushing, 17 punt return) . . . had 61 kick return yards in the 2012 Outback Bowl against No. 18 Georgia, including a 34-yarder . . . had 118 kick return yards on four attempts (29.5 avg.), including a 39-yarder, in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin . . . in his only return against Indiana, recorded a career-long 67-yarder that set up an MSU touchdown; also picked up 30 rushing yards on five carries (6.0 avg.) to total 97 all-purpose yards vs. the Hoosiers and was named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week . . . averaged 27.6 yards on three returns, including a 43-yarder, in victory at Iowa . . . had 86 yards on four returns (21.5 avg.) against Minnesota . . . collected 119 kick return yards on four returns (29.8 avg.) at No. 13 Nebraska, including a 62-yarder . . . recorded 119 kick return yards (19.8 avg.) against No. 4 Wisconsin . . . averaged 32.3 yards on kick returns (129 yards on four returns) at Notre Dame, including a 42-yarder . . . recorded 92 all-purpose yards in win over Florida Atlantic, with a career-high 14 carries for 56 yards . . . accounted for 48 all-purpose yards (41 kick return, 7 rush) in the season opener against Youngstown State . . . 2010 SEASON: Granted a medical redshirt after missing the last 11 games of the regular season with a knee injury . . . made his only appearance in the 2010 season opener vs. Western Michigan and carried once for 2 yards . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 11, 2010, for the beginning of the spring semester.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top all-purpose backs by Rivals.com (No. 9) and Max Emfinger (No. 17) . . . rated among the country's top tailbacks by Tom Lemming (No. 17) . . . listed among the nation's top running backs by Scout.com (No. 41) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 9), Detroit Free Press (No. 11), Scout.com (No. 11) and The Detroit News (No. 12) . . . four-year starter for Coach Brad Bush at Chelsea (Michigan) High School, helping the Bulldogs to a combined record of 38-9 (.809) . . . two-time all-state selection . . . named 2009 Associated Press Division 3-4 Player of the Year after rushing for 1,989 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior . . . also selected Washtenaw County Player of the Year by AnnArbor.com . . . carried 36 times for 254 yards and three scores vs. Carleton Airport, including a 58-yard TD run with 1:42 left that helped send the Division 3 playoff game into overtime tied at 21 . . . rushed for 2,290 yards and 29 TDs as a junior . . . had 19 receptions for 242 yards (12.7 avg.) in 2008 . . . also returned seven kickoffs for 252 yards (36.0 avg.) and two TDs as a junior, including a 92-yard runback . . . gained 1,658 yards and scored 26 TDs in 2007 . . . his 949 rushing attempts (second), 98 rushing TDs (tied for second), 104 total TDs (third), 6,910 rushing yards (sixth) and 630 points (sixth) still rank among the Top 10 career totals in the Michigan High School Athletic Association record book . . . son of Thomas and Kelly Hill, stepson of Dorvia Thomas-Hill . . . born Dec. 8, 1991 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . received his bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a second degree in advertising.
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