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.
Former walk-on linebacker has made the most of his opportunities during the 2011 season.
CAREER NOTES: Two-year letterwinner has seen action in 28 career games . . . enters spring practice listed No. 1 on the depth chart at right guard . . . former walk-on was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the 2012 season.
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 (Mich.) 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 . . . majoring in economics.
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