Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Michigan State's six returning lettermen have combined for 61 career starts on the offensive line.
No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
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
Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner enters his second season as a starter on the offensive line as the right tackle . . . has seen action in 27 career games.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, including eight starts at right tackle (Jacksonville State, Oregon, Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, Nebraska, Indiana, Penn State and Baylor) . . . collected a career-high 70 knockdowns, including five dominators . . . didn’t allow a sack all season . . . ranked fourth on the offensive line with 768 snaps . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after helping the Spartans rack up 552 yards of total offense and 238 rushing yards, both of which are the second-highest single-game totals in Spartan bowl history, in the win over No. 4 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic; had 6.5 knockdowns in 90 plays against the Bears . . . collected five knockdowns vs. Rutgers . . . matched his career high with seven knockdowns in 80 snaps in win at Indiana as MSU rushed for 330 yards . . . although he didn’t start, was named the Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week at Purdue after collecting six knockdowns in 44 snaps . . . posted the highest grade among Spartan offensive lineman in the Nebraska game and recorded three knockdowns . . . had 6.5 knockdowns vs. Wyoming, including a team-best two dominators, as the Spartans rushed for 338 yards against the Cowboys . . . recorded five knockdowns in the win over Eastern Michigan as the Spartans rushed for 336 yards and didn’t allow a sack . . . produced seven knockdowns in his first career start at right tackle in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, as MSU rolled up 565 total yards . . . moved into a starting role after right guard Connor Kruse suffered an injury in the second preseason scrimmage, moving Donavon Clark from right tackle to right guard . . . versatile lineman can also play guard or center.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 19), The Detroit News (No. 22), Lansing State Journal (No. 22), ESPN.com (No. 23), Detroit Free Press (No. 28) and Rivals.com (No. 28) . . . selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association 2012 East-West All-Star Game . . . three-year starter for Coach Kent Sikora at Carlson High School in Gibraltar, Michigan . . . Detroit Free Press Division 3 all-state selection . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Associated Press and The Detroit News . . . named to The Detroit News All-Metro West, All-Downriver Dream Team as well as Monroe Evening News All-Region Dream Team Offense . . . recorded 18 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack as a senior . . . credited with 53 tackles, including four sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and a pass break-up in 2011 . . . named to Detroit Free Press All-West Team, Monroe Evening News All-Region Dream Team and first-team All-Downriver as a junior . . . produced 49 tackles, including two sacks, in 2010 . . . contributed 36 tackles as a sophomore, with nine resulting in losses including two sacks . . . also participated in baseball, basketball and wrestling . . . son of Sean and Kimberly Baker . . . born Feb. 24, 1994 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human capital and society.