Several true freshmen are pushing for playing time this season.
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
Game-by-Game Statistics: 2014
Third-year player enters spring practice as a co-starter at Mike linebacker . . . missed the final four games of the 2014 season due to shoulder surgery but will be ready for full contact a majority of the spring.
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 marketing.