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
Former Cincinnati linebacker Ryan Manalac begins his fourth year on the Michigan State staff, his third as a graduate assistant. During the 2011 season, he served as one of the football program's video interns.
Manalac will assist coaching the defense, primarily the linebackers, after working with the running backs in 2013. He also worked with the defense in 2012.
A four-year letterman for the Bearcats from 2005-08, Manalac spent his first three years in the program playing for Mark Dantonio. He started all 14 games for Cincinnati as a senior in 2008, including the 2009 Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech, and recorded a career-best 82 tackles to lead the team. Manalac ranked second on the Bearcats in tackles as a junior with 76, including a career-high 5.5 for losses.
A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Manalac earned his bachelor of business administration from Cincinnati in December 2008. As a senior, he was presented the C-Club Strothman Award for academic and athletic excellence.
Manalac joined the National Football League's Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent for preseason camp in August 2009. After being waived, he later signed with the team's practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster in January 2010.
Manalac received his master's degree in kinesiology at Michigan State in December 2012 and is currently pursuing a second master's degree in education.