McDowell named to second team, Bullough named to third team.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
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
• 2016 SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (SI.COM, CBS SPORTS)
• 2016 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (ASSOCIATED PRESS, PHIL STEELE)
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner chose to forgo his senior season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft . . . collected 90 tackles, including 24.5 for losses and 7.5 sacks, in 36 career games (23 starts) . . . a versatile athlete, can start any position on the defensive line.
2016 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named second-team All-American by CBS Sports and SI.com . . . selected first-team All-Big Ten by The Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches and media . . . led the Spartan defensive line with 34 tackles, including a team-best seven for losses (31 yards), in nine games . . . started in eight games (five at nose tackle; three at defensive end) before missing the final three games of the season with an injury (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) . . . started the first four games of season at nose tackle before missing first half of BYU game due to suspension for the first half following a targeting penalty at Indiana . . . after making first four starts of season at defensive tackle, started Northwestern, Maryland and Michigan games at defensive end before switching back to defensive tackle at Illinois . . . made third start in a row at defensive end vs. No. 2 Michigan and tied his season high with two tackles for loss (3 yards) . . . logged five tackles at Maryland, including an impressive one-arm sack for loss of 9 yards . . . in his first career start at defensive end, posted career-high 11 tackles vs. Northwestern with season-best 2.0 TFLs and 0.5 sacks, leading the defensive linemen with 17 production points . . . logged three tackles in second half vs. BYU (suspended for first half due to targeting at Indiana) . . . posted five stops at Indiana, including half a tackle for loss . . . named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week for his outing at No. 18 Notre Dame, logging four tackles including half a tackle for loss; posted 12 total production points as top defensive lineman for second straight game . . . started Furman game at nose tackle, logging three tackles, including one for loss and tallied one QB hurry . . . earned Spartan Defensive Player of the Week award and also posted 16 production points to top defensive linemen and tie for second on defense.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com and second-team by The Associated Press and Athlon Sports . . . named to CampusInsiders.com All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . named recipient of the team’s Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (defense) . . . ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (13 for 54 yards), tied for second in QB hurries (8) and third in sacks (4.5 for 38 yards) . . . ranked second on the team with 146 production points during the regular season . . . ranked second among Spartan defensive linemen with 41 tackles . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after recording two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, vs. No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic . . . had two tackles and was credited with a half tackle for loss and a QB hurry in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa . . . named Spartan Co-Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week after leading the team with 25 production points in the win over Penn State; returned an interception 13 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and also had a 10-yard sack . . . recorded a tackle and partially blocked OSU’s Cameron Johnston’s punt late in the fourth quarter in the win at No. 2 Ohio State that helped give MSU good field position (ball on OSU 48-yard line) with 4:07 remaining to set up the Spartans’ game-winning field-goal drive as time expired in the 17-14 win . . . named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after posting season highs in tackles (eight) and tackles for loss (4.5 for 14 yards) vs. Maryland; his 4.5 tackles for loss are the eighth-best single-game total in MSU history and the second most by a Big Ten player in 2015 (Dean Lowry, Northwestern, six vs. Nebraska) . . . also was credited with a half sack (2 yards) and forced fumble against the Terrapins . . . totaled a career-high 29 production points in the Maryland game and was also named the Spartan Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week . . . had 11 production points and three tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the win at No. 12 Michigan . . . recorded two tackles for loss (11 yards) at Rutgers, including a 10-yard sack in the final seconds of the game to help seal the win for the Spartans; named MSU’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Scarlet Knights . . . posted two tackles for loss (7 yards), including a 6-yard sack, forced a fumble, and made six stops overall vs. Purdue; led team with 23 production points against the Boilermakers and was named the Spartan Defensive Player of the Week . . . tallied six tackles vs. Air Force . . . credited with three tackles and two QB hurries in the win over No. 7 Oregon . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team with 19 production points in the season opener at Western Michigan; recorded a 10-yard sack and was credited with one quarterback hurry as MSU limited the Broncos to just 18 rushing yards.
2014 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman played in all 13 games at defensive tackle . . . one of four true freshmen to letter for the Spartans in 2014 . . . named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America . . . also named a Freshman All-American (third team) by Athlon Sports . . . named to ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Teams . . . finished his first season with 15 tackles, including 4.5 for losses (21 yards) and 1.5 sacks (15 yards) . . . earned the start in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic victory over No. 4 Baylor . . . recorded a 1-yard tackle for loss against the Bears . . . tallied two stops, including a 12-yard sack, in road win at Penn State . . . had two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, against Rutgers . . . collected two stops at Indiana . . . had two tackles, including a 3-yard loss, vs. Wyoming . . . posted three tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), at No. 3 Oregon . . . made his collegiate debut against Jacksonville State in the season opener.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played on the defensive line in the inaugural Border Classic as Team Michigan defeated Team Ohio, 27-14, on June 14, 2014, in Findlay, Ohio . . . participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4 in San Antonio . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked one of the nation’s top players by Rivals.com (No. 26), CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 32), Scout.com (No. 36), 247Sports (No. 38), PrepStar (No. 49) and ESPN.com (No. 60) . . . ranked among the nation’s top defensive tackles by Rivals.com (No. 2), 247Sports (No. 2), ESPN.com (No. 5), CFN (No. 6), Scout.com (No. 7) and PrepStar (No. 7) . . . listed as the No. 4 prospect in the Midwest by ESPN.com . . . named the state’s No. 1 prospect by Rivals.com, 247Sports and National Underclassmen . . . also named one of the top seniors in Michigan by ESPN.com (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 3), The Detroit News (No. 3) and Detroit Free Press (No. 4) . . . recorded 89 tackles, including eight sacks, with three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a senior and was named first-team all-state by The Associated Press . . . the Southfield defense only allowed 8.0 points per game . . . collected 70 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss with 15 sacks, as a junior at Detroit Loyola and was named the 2012 Associated Press Player of the Year in Division 7-8 . . . also named to the AP all-state first team in 2012 . . . helped lead Loyola to a 13-1 record and a berth in the Division 7 state championship game in 2012; posted seven tackles in the state title game against Ishpeming . . . son of Greg McDowell and Joya Crowe . . . born June 20, 1996 . . . sociology major.
McDOWELL'S CAREER STATISTICS
SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2015................ 14 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.4 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 36 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.2
INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2015................ 14 1 13 1 13 13.0 0.9 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 36 1 13 1 13 13.0 0.4
TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2014................ 13 10 5 15 4.5-21 0 0 0 0 2015................ 14 21 20 41 13.0-54 1 2 0 1 2016................ 9 20 14 34 7.0-31 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 36 51 39 90 24.5-106 1 2 0 1
SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2014................ 13 1 1 1.5 15 2015................ 14 4 1 4.5 38 2016................ 9 1 1 1.5 13 TOTAL............... 36 6 3 7.5 66