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
Check out the photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against Ohio State.
Michigan State vs. Baylor (USATSI)
Football versus the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2014.
Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner played in 39 career games, including 24 starts . . . two-year starter on the defensive line (2014-15) . . . had 60 career tackles, including 10.5 for losses and 4.5 sacks . . . earned his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science in December 2015.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Collected six tackles in two bowl games (2015 Cotton, 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at Cotton Bowl) . . . 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.
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Started 12 games at defensive tackle . . . missed the Central Michigan (Week 4) and Maryland (Week 10) games due to an injury . . . recorded a career-high 31 tackles, including 5.5 for losses (26 yards) and two sacks (11 yards) . . . ranked 11th on the team with 52 production points during the regular season . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) . . . had two tackles and was credited with a half tackle for loss vs. No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . posted four stops, including an 8-yard sack, vs. Indiana; named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week against the Hoosiers . . . recorded four tackles, including a 3-yard loss, and broke up a pass at Michigan . . . had two tackles and recovered a fumble that led to a Spartan touchdown in the Purdue game; compiled 11 production points against the Boilermakers . . . did not play vs. Central Michigan (injured) . . . posted five stops, including a 1-yard loss, against Air Force . . . tallied a career-high six tackles, including a 10-yard loss, and also forced a fumble in the win over seventh-ranked Oregon; collected 13 production points against the Ducks . . . recorded three tackles, including a 3-yard sack, in the season opener at Western Michigan.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started 12 of 13 games at defensive tackle . . . had 29 tackles, including five for losses (22 yards) and 2.5 sacks (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 nine 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.