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.
Running back Le'Veon Bell, defensive end William Gholston and tight end Dion Sims all earned All-Big Ten honors in 2012.
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
Fifth-year senior and two-year letterwinner is listed as the back-up defensive tackle on the preseason depth chart, behind Joel Heath . . . has played in 24 career games . . . has 27 career tackles.
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 . . . majoring in criminal justice and is scheduled to graduate in December . . . interned with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office in summer 2015.