Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Complete transcript from Dantonio's press conference on media day.
Aaron Burbridge named Most Valuable Player by his teammates.
Jon Reschke named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while Michael Geiger earns Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
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: Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner enters preseason camp as the starting Sam linebacker . . . can play any linebacker position . . . started all 14 games at Sam linebacker in 2015, but also saw action at Star linebacker in spring practice with the anticipation of Ed Davis returning to the field at Sam in 2016 . . . played middle linebacker his first two seasons on the team . . . has 88 tackles in 22 career games, including 14 starts.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started all 14 games at Sam linebacker . . . made the position switch from Mike to Sam during preseason camp following the season-ending injury to Ed Davis . . . ranked fifth on the team with 75 tackles (5.4 avg.), including 5.5 for loss (16 yards) and 2.0 sacks (10 yards) . . . ranked fifth on the team with 126 production points during the regular season . . . tied for second on the team with eight QB hurries . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media) . . . named the team's recipient of the Tommy Love Award (most improved player: defense) . . . posted four stops in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa . . . had two tackles, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), and was credited with two QB hurries vs. Penn State . . . named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording six tackles, including an 8-yard sack and a quarterback hurry, in MSU's 17-14 win at No. 2 Ohio State; collected 15 production points and was named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Co-Player of the Week against the Buckeyes . . . had seven stops and two QB hurries vs. Maryland . . . credited with six tackles, including 1.5 for losses, at Nebraska . . . named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week vs. Indiana after tallying a team-best 16 production points against the Hoosiers; had six tackles, a pass break-up and a QB hurry in the game . . . compiled 19 production points at No. 12 Michigan; delivered four tackles and broke up a pass against the Wolverines . . . had five stops at Rutgers . . . collected five tackles, including a 2-yard loss, and totaled 17 production points vs. Purdue . . . named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week against the Boilermakers . . . posted four stops, including a 2-yard loss, against Central Michigan . . . tallied a career-high 11 stops and two QB hurries in the victory vs. No. 7 Oregon; had 16 production points against the Ducks . . . in his first career start, recorded nine tackles in the season opener at Western Michigan.
2014 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Earned his first letter after playing in eight games . . . was the back-up Mike linebacker through the first nine games of the season, behind Taiwan Jones . . . had 13 tackles in eight games (DNP vs. Purdue in Week 6 due to a hamstring injury; missed last four games with shoulder injury) . . . compiled 19 production points . . . forced two fumbles on kickoff returns and had three tackles vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . had three tackles at Indiana and was named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week. . . produced three stops vs. Eastern Michigan . . . recorded two tackles in his collegiate debut against Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Ohio State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . honorable mention PARADE All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top prospects by Scout.com (No. 142), Rivals.com (No. 149) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 179) . . . rated among the country's top linebackers by CFN (No. 25) . . . listed among the nation's top middle/inside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 7) and 247Sports.com (No. 18) . . . ranked among the country's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 12) and ESPN.com (No. 34) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 46) . . . listed among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 2), Rivals.com (No. 4), Scout.com (No. 4), The Detroit News (No. 5), 247Sports.com (No. 5) and ESPN.com (No. 7) . . . three-year starter for Coach Al Fracassa at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan . . . helped lead the Warriors to a combined record of 28-10 (.737), including back-to-back Division 2 state championships (2011-12) . . . named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams in 2012 . . . led the team in tackles (133: 86 solos, 47 assists) and tackles for loss (21) as a senior . . . his eight sacks ranked second on the team . . . also credited with an interception, two passes defended and nine quarterback hurries in 2012 . . . recorded double-figure tackles in nine of 14 games as a senior . . . produced nine tackles and recovered a fumble in the 2012 Division 2 state championship game vs. Muskegon . . . posted nine tackles, three QB hurries and an interception vs. Detroit Catholic Central . . . totaled double-digit tackles in each of the first five games of the 2012 season . . . registered a season-high 15 tackles (11 solos, 4 assists), with five resulting in losses including three sacks (12 yards) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's . . . made 15 stops vs. Warren De La Salle, with four for losses including two sacks (3 yards) . . . tallied 12 tackles (11 solos, 1 assist) in the 2012 season opener vs. Cass Tech . . . led the Warriors with a career-best 140 tackles (69 solos, 71 assists) as a junior, with seven resulting in losses including one sack . . . reached double-figure tackles in eight of 14 games in 2011, including a career-best 18 stops (7 solos, 11 assists) vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's . . . started at defensive end as a sophomore and ranked third on the team with 79 tackles (33 solos, 46 assists), including 14.5 for losses . . . finished second on the team with 7.5 sacks (22 yards) in 2010 . . . his prep career totals include 352 tackles and 42.5 tackles for loss, including 16.5 sacks . . . recorded double-figure tackles in 19 career games . . . also participated in baseball and hockey . . . son of Paul and Cindy Reschke . . . born Sept. 16, 1994 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science -- human capital and society.