Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Michigan State begins spring practice Tuesday.
Dion Sims leads all receivers with 10 catches for 171 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown reception.
Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio talks about his team's performance from Sunday.
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
Michigan State @ Illinois
Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner has 10 catches for 132 yards (13.2 avg.) in 27 career games . . . moved from defensive end to tight end at the beginning of the 2013 season . . . listed as a back-up tight end on the preseason depth chart, but will see regular time in the playing rotation.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games . . . had five receptions for 74 yards (14.8 avg.) . . . hauled in a 21-yard reception, equaling his career long, in the fourth quarter during MSU’s comeback win over No. 4 Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic . . . had a career-best 36 receiving yards on two catches at Purdue . . . had one catch for 10 yards in the season opener against Jacksonville State in his first career start.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games to earn his first letter . . . made the switch from defensive end to tight end during Week 2 . . . had five catches for 58 yards (11.6 avg.) . . . primarily saw action on special teams . . . had a 5-yard reception in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . hauled in an 18-yard reception at Illinois . . . had two catches for 19 yards vs. Youngstown State.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top weakside defensive ends by Rivals.com (No. 18) . . . listed among the country’s top linebackers by Scout.com (No. 28 outside linebacker), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 44) and 247Sports.com (No. 56 outside linebacker) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 5), Lansing State Journal (No. 7), Rivals.com (No. 7), The Detroit News (No. 12), 247Sports.com (No. 13) and ESPN.com (No. 22) . . . three-year starter for Coach Stephon Thompson at Southfield-Lathrup High School . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Associated Press and The Detroit News . . . second-team All-North selection by the Detroit Free Press . . . two-time all-conference pick . . . recorded 135 tackles, including 19 for losses, and scored two defensive touchdowns as a senior . . . also forced four fumbles and recovered four fumbles in 2011 . . . saw action at five different positions (quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, running back and linebacker) vs. Farmington: threw a pass, caught a pass, scored two rushing TDs and returned a fumble 42 yards for a score . . . had 13 receptions for 350 yards (26.9 avg.) and two TDs as a junior . . . posted 90 tackles, including 11 for losses, and an interception in 2010 . . . also credited with four fumble recoveries as a junior . . . son of David Lyles and Cheree Wilson . . . born Dec. 9, 1993 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science – human capital and society.