Michigan State trying to reach its sixth double-digit win season in the last eight years.
Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie wins Governor's Award for most valuable player.
No. 16 Spartans getting ready to face No. 18 Washington State on Dec. 28 in San Diego.
In all, 126 Spartans were recognized for having a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Spartan Football All-Access takes you inside the Michigan State Football program. This episode includes an inside look the work ten Spartans did as they traveled to Houston to help with the aftermath from Hurricane Harvey as well as an in depth look at the battle against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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
CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior returns as the team’s starting tight end in 2018 . . . three-year letterwinner has played in 39 career games, with 11 starts . . . member of the team’s Eagles leadership council . . . both of his parents were athletes at West Point . . . his brother, Mitchell, is a redshirt freshman walk-on linebacker for the Spartans . . . two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . graduated in December 2017 with his bachelor’s degree in economics.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games, including 11 starts . . . had a career-high 21 receptions for 222 yards with one TD to lead the Spartan tight ends . . . ranked fourth on the team with 21 catches . . . 11 of the 21 catches resulted in a first down or touchdown . . . also had five special teams tackles . . . tallied one catch for 12 yards in the Holiday Bowl against No. 18 Washington State . . . had career-long 22-yard catch at Rutgers, adding one tackle on a kickoff . . . recorded one catch for 12 yards against Maryland, setting up MSU field goal . . . snagged two receptions for 10 yards at No. 11 Ohio State . . . tallied two catches for 15 yards in win over No. 7 Penn State, adding one tackle . . . had career-high tying three catches for 30 yards at Northwestern with a long of 16 yards, which came on MSU’s first play from scrimmage on Spartans’ opening scoring drive, as all three catches went for first downs . . . tallied one tackle on special teams against Indiana . . . snared career-high tying three receptions at No. 7 Michigan, totaling 14 yards, including a 9-yard catch for a first down on third down on MSU’s second TD drive . . . tied career-long with 18-yard catch as part of two receptions for 24 yards against Iowa and also had one rush in goalline play . . . snared two receptions for a career-best 35 yards with a career-long 18-yard catch against Notre Dame, marking second straight game logging his career high . . . had one catch for 17-yards against Western Michigan . . . registered career highs with three catches for 31 yards, and also caught his first career touchdown pass on a 13-yard reception in the third quarter, vs. Bowling Green . . . additionally posted two tackles on special teams against the Falcons, earning special units player of the week team award.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his second letter . . . had two catches for 26 yards . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree . . . had one catch for career-long 16 yards at Illinois . . . posted one tackle on special teams . . . recorded first catch as a Spartan vs. No. 11 Wisconsin with 10-yard reception.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games to earn his first letter . . . saw action at fullback, tight end and on special teams . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Jacksonville State and Eastern Michigan) . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 6, 2014, for the beginning of the spring semester and participated in spring practice.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated one of the nation's top tight ends by Scout.com (No. 20) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . listed among the state's top seniors by The Detroit News (No. 5), Detroit Free Press (No. 8), 247Sports (No. 11), Rivals.com (No. 14) and Lansing State Journal (No. 14) . . . played multiple positions in high school, including defensive line, linebacker and quarterback . . . three-year starter and two-year captain for Coach Tony Patritto . . . rushed for 289 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries against Farmington . . . ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries against Oak Park . . . missed second half of his senior season with a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula; had three receptions for 26 yards and 11 solo tackles as a linebacker in six games . . . threw for more than 1,200 yards and rushed for more than 600 yards while playing quarterback his junior season . . . son of David and Kimberly Sokol . . . both of his parents were athletes at West Point . . . born Nov. 9, 1995 . . . economics major.