Malik McDowell returns to anchor the defensive line following a breakthrough sophomore season.
Michigan State returns seven of nine starters along the offensive and defensive lines.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Coach Dantonio provides an update to the media prior to Tuesday's practice.
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: Three-year letterwinner played in 38 career games, including three starts . . . had 42 career tackles, including 4.0 for losses and 1.5 sacks . . . earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in December 2015.
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Played in all 14 games . . . had 15 tackles, including 1.5 for losses . . . posted two stops vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal . . . filling in for the injured Joel Heath, started his first game of the season vs. Maryland; had two tackles, including a half tackle for loss, recovered a fumble and was credited with a QB hurry to collect nine production points against the Terrapins . . . made a season-high three tackles at Nebraska . . . named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Co-Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan; had a half sack (5 yards) against the Chippewas.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in seven Big Ten games and eight games overall . . . had three tackles . . . recorded a tackle in the Big Ten opener vs. No. 19 Nebraska . . . missed all of preseason camp and the first four games of the season with a back injury.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Collected 22 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (15 yards), in 14 games to earn his first letter . . . started in two games (Michigan, Nebraska) . . . credited with two stops against No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . tallied a career-high four tackles against Minnesota . . . collected three tackles, including a 6-yard loss, in victory at Nebraska . . . started his first career game against No. 23 Michigan and made one tackle . . . posted two stops at Illinois . . . delivered a 7-yard sack in the victory over Purdue . . . collected two tackles at Notre Dame . . . recorded three tackles, including a half tackle for loss (2 yards), in the season opener vs. Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in two games (Central Michigan, Notre Dame) . . . collected two tackles in his collegiate debut at Central Michigan.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Ohio State and Iowa).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented the West in the June 25 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game in Mount Pleasant . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 46) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 15), Detroit Free Press (No. 18), The Detroit News (No. 23) and Rivals.com (No. 26) . . . two-year starter for Coach Shane Fairfield at Muskegon (Michigan) High School . . . recorded 112 tackles as a senior, with 17 resulting in losses including four sacks, and 12 pass break-ups . . . two-way player proved to be a devastating blocker at tight end, helping the Big Reds average nearly 450 rushing yards per game en route to the 2010 Division 2 regional final . . . tallied 102 tackles as a junior, including two sacks, and forced three fumbles . . . played forward on the Big Reds' basketball team . . . earned two letters in track and field . . . son of Damon Knox Sr. and Corine Rose . . . born Aug. 13, 1992 . . . earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in December 2015 . . . interned with the Ingham County Sheriff's Office in summer 2015.