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
Matt Mueller is in his fifth year working with the Michigan State football program, his first as Director of On-Camps Recruiting. Mueller's main responsibility is helping organize the recruiting efforts for the Spartans. He previously was an operations intern.
Mueller spent two years as an operations intern at Colorado before coming to MSU in 2010.
Prior to his arrival in Colorado in 2008, he served as the wide receivers coach for a year-and-a-half (spanning two spring seasons and one fall) at Independence (Kan.) Community College. He also taught math courses at Independence.
Mueller graduated from Grand Valley State in May 2006 with a degree in physical education and a minor in elementary education. He played football one season for the Lakers as a wide receiver as the team won its first NCAA championship in 2002. He then was a student assistant as the team defended its title in 2003 and worked with the team through his graduation in 2006.
Mueller began his college career at Michigan Tech, redshirting the 1999 season and playing wide receiver in 2000 and 2001.
A native of Negaunee, Michigan, Mueller is married to the former Elizabeth Luehmann. The couple have an infant daughter, Olivia.