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.
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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