Jack Conklin, Paul Lang, Tyler O’Connor and Josiah Price become the first football scholarship athletes to study aboard under Mark Dantonio.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Ninety-five Spartan student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
In the first eight seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio, 98 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten.
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 three-year letterwinner has seen action in 36 games, including six starts . . . has four catches for 7 yards . . . primarily used as a blocking tight end . . . enters preseason camp listed as a back-up tight end, but will see regular time in the playing rotation.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in all 13 games, including four starts (Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State, Baylor) when MSU lined up in a double tight end formation . . . selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the third year in a row . . . had one catch against Eastern Michigan.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 13 games to earn his second letter . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Illinois . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second-straight year.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in 10 games, including two starts (Ohio State, Northwestern), to earn his first letter . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . had three catches for 8 yards . . . recorded his first career touchdown with a 2-yard reception at No. 23 Michigan . . . started at Indiana . . . had a 4-yard reception vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . missed all of spring practice with a back injury.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . missed the entire 2011 season with a back injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top tight ends by Scout.com (No. 62) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Northeast and PrepStar's All-East Teams . . . ranked among Pennsylvania's Top 25 seniors by SuperPrep (No. 23) . . . earned first-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors as a senior . . . also named one of The Almanac's Premier Pigskin Performers . . . two-way starter (tight end and defensive end) for Coach Chris Haering at Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh who helped lead the Blue Devils to an 11-1 record and a trip to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2010 . . . had 25 receptions for 341 yards (13.6 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . also recorded 51 tackles (33 solos, 18 assists), including four sacks (19 yards), and a fumble recovery in 2010 . . . caught five passes for 37 yards (7.4 avg.) and a score as a junior . . . four-year starter and three-time captain for the Mount Lebanon basketball team . . . helped lead the Blue Devil basketball team to back-to-back appearances in the WPIAL Class AAAA finals . . . in his senior season, he became only the second two-sport athlete in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point career milestone . . . averaged 14.3 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior for Coach Joe David while helping the Blue Devils to a 26-2 record . . . member of the National Honor Society and Student Athletic Leadership Academy . . . son of Michael and Carolyn Lang . . . born May 24, 1992 . . . spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in Australia (June-July 2015), participating in MSU's study abroad International Summer Sports Program . . . majoring in economics.