Nick Hill ran for two scores to help lead Michigan State
On Tuesday, Michigan State completed its first of 15 scheduled practices.
From Connor Kruse to Trevon Pendleton to Ed Davis, several unsung heroes have helped MSU reach the Rose Bowl.
Complete transcript from Dantonio's press conference on media day.
Spartans return five starters and 20 letterwinners.
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
Three players preview the upcoming weekend match-up with Purdue.
Fifth-year senior and two-year letterwinner can play any position on the offensive line . . . currently listed on the depth chart as a possible starter at right guard and a back-up at center . . . has seen action in 32 career games . . . saw regular playing time in the rotation at offensive line in 2013.
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Has played in four games, including two starts (right guard vs. Purdue, center vs. Indiana) . . . has 28.5 knockdowns on the season . . . started at center in place of Jack Allen at Indiana and recorded 10 knockdowns while playing a season-high 80 snaps . . . started his first career game as the right guard at Purdue; played 64 snaps and ranked second on the team with seven knockdowns, including two dominators . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Purdue . . . played 48 snaps vs. No. 19 Nebraska and recorded 7.5 knockdowns . . . entered preseason camp as the starter at right guard, but suffered an injury in the second preseason scrimmage and missed the first three games . . . returned to action for the Wyoming game and recorded four knockdowns while playing 22 snaps at center and guard.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 13 games to earn his second letter . . . saw regular playing time in the rotation at offensive line . . . played all five offensive line positions as well as tight end in 2013.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 12 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . former walk-on was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the season.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in three games (vs. Youngstown State, Florida Atlantic and Indiana) . . . selected Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . did not participate in spring practice due to a knee injury.
2010 SEASON: Redshirted . . . sat out the entire season with a knee injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Started at left guard for the West in the 2010 Michigan High School All-Star Game, played June 19 in Spartan Stadium . . . nominated for 2010 Michigan High School Athlete of the Year . . . three-year starter and two-way lineman for Coach Noel Dean at Lowell (Michigan) High School, helping the Red Arrows to a combined record of 34-5 (.872) including the 2009 Division 2 state championship (13-1 overall record) . . . two-time Division 1-2 all-state selection . . . two-time member of The Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team . . . also named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams in 2009 . . . two-time first-team all-conference pick . . . anchored an offensive line that helped Lowell average 460 total yards and nearly 50 points per game in 2009 . . . attended Michigan State's 2009 summer football camp . . . two-time all-state wrestler . . . finished second in the 285-pound class at the 2010 Division 1 wrestling championship . . . son of Erick and Sue Kruse . . . born Nov. 1, 1991 . . . received his bachelor's degree in economics in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.