Connor Kruse
Connor Kruse


Lowell, Mich.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 325




Connor Kruse: Building a Foundation


Success Stories Abound for Michigan State's Senior Class

Already the second-winningest class in school history, the class of 2014 has won 39 games entering Saturday's Senior Day against Rutgers.


No. 8 Spartans Hold Off Purdue Rally, 45-31

Nick Hill ran for two scores to help lead Michigan State


Spartans Open Spring Football Practice

On Tuesday, Michigan State completed its first of 15 scheduled practices.


Under-the-Radar Spartans Making a Difference

From Connor Kruse to Trevon Pendleton to Ed Davis, several unsung heroes have helped MSU reach the Rose Bowl.


Michigan State 56- Indiana 17


Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

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

Three players preview the upcoming weekend match-up with Purdue.


Michigan State 56 - Wyoming 14


Michigan State Media Day

Fifth-year senior and two-year letterwinner can play any position on the offensive line . . . currently listed on the depth chart as the starter at right guard and a back-up at center . . . has seen action in 34 career games . . . saw regular playing time in the rotation at offensive line in 2013.

2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Has played in six games, including four starts (right guard vs. Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State; center vs. Indiana) . . . has 47 knockdowns on the season . . . tied a team high by playing 70 snaps in the win over Michigan while recording a career-best 11.5 knockdowns . . . 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.