Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
News and notes from Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.
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 and three-year letterwinner, who has spent the past three seasons as the back-up quarterback, enters preseason camp listed as a co-starter at quarterback on the depth chart . . . capped a successful spring campaign by completing 10-of-16 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Green-White spring game . . . has completed 34-of-54 passes (.630) for 374 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in 14 career games (12 at quarterback; two at punter) . . . also has rushed for 94 yards and two TDs on 28 carries (3.4 avg.) . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in six games (four at quarterback, two at punter) . . . completed 54 percent of his passes (13-of-24) for 133 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . saw brief action (four snaps) vs. Penn State . . . in his first career start at No. 2 Ohio State, completed 7-of-12 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown (12 yards to Trevon Pendleton in second quarter) and rushed eight times for 25 yards, as the Spartans ended the Buckeyes' 23-game winning streak with a 17-14 victory in Columbus . . . named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against OSU . . . his 89 passing yards and 12 pass attempts against the Buckeyes were a career high, and the seven completions tied a career high (Youngstown State, 2013) . . . in his first extended action of the season, came off the bench to complete 6-of-11 throws for 44 yards against Maryland, including a 10-yard touchdown strike to Macgarrett Kings Jr. with 6:52 left in the first quarter . . . directed TD drives of 50 yards (10 plays) in the first quarter and 62 yards (11 plays) in the third quarter against the Terrapins . . . named fourth game captain vs. Indiana . . . punted in two games (Rutgers, Michigan) . . . was the starting punter at No. 12 Michigan; averaged 38.2 yards per punt (four punts for 153 yards), including a 46-yarder, against the Wolverines . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Rutgers after recording a 39-yard punt that was placed on the RU 5-yard line in the third quarter; it marked his first career punt.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in five games, completing 75 percent of his passes (12-of-16) for 151 yards, two touchdowns and one interception . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed his only pass attempt, a 24-yarder to Monty Madaris, in the fourth quarter against Rutgers . . . completed both of his passes against Wyoming, including a 6-yard TD strike to Keith Mumphery; also had 14 rushing yards on three carries, including a 12-yard TD run . . . was 4-of-5 passing for 58 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to AJ Troup, in the victory over Eastern Michigan . . . completed 5-of-8 passes for 56 yards and rushed for 5 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, in the season opener against Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in three games (South Florida, Youngstown State, Illinois) to earn his first letter . . . Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . completed 9-of-14 passes (.643) for 90 yards . . . was 7-of-10 passing for 68 yards in the win over Youngstown State . . . in his collegiate debut vs. South Florida, completed 2-of-4 passes for 22 yards.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Boise State.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected Ohio's MVP after accounting for 174 total yards and two scores in a 24-21 overtime win over Pennsylvania in the 2012 Big 33 Football Classic . . . completed 18-of-33 throws for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Ohio North-South Classic . . . PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top pro-style quarterbacks by 247Sports.com (No. 13) and Rivals.com (No. 18) . . . rated among the country's top quarterbacks by ESPN.com (No. 58) . . . named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by 247Sports.com (No. 18), Rivals.com (No. 30) and ESPN.com (No. 51) . . . participated in the 2011 Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Malibu, Calif. . . . four-year starter for Coach Jerry Cooper at Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic High School . . . second-team All-Ohio (Division V) selection by The Associated Press in 2011 . . . named to AP Northwest All-District First Team as a senior . . . selected Northwest Conference Back of the Year for the second-straight season after throwing for 1,995 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2011 while leading the Thunderbirds to a 10-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in the final AP Division V Poll . . . connected on 18-of-32 passes for 333 yards, five TDs and four interceptions vs. Liberty-Benton in the 2011 state quarterfinals . . . also earned first-team all-conference honors as the kicking specialist as a senior, converting 26-of-29 extra-point attempts and averaging 38 yards per punt . . . voted 2010 NWC Back of the Year after accounting for 2,986 total yards and 40 TDs . . . completed 141-of-231 throws (.610) for 2,516 yards, 27 TDs and six interceptions as a junior . . . rushed for 470 yards and 13 scores in 2010 . . . threw for 1,631 yards (100-of-173 passing) and 21 TDs as a sophomore . . . hit 104-of-222 passes for 1,634 yards and 11 scores as a freshman . . . four-year starter on the Thunderbirds' basketball team . . . earned second-team AP All-Ohio (Division III) honors as a junior after averaging 12.8 points per game . . . son of Mike and Barb O'Connor . . . born March 4, 1994 . . . spent 2 and 1/2 weeks in Australia (June-July 2015), participating in MSU's study abroad International Summer Sports Program . . . earned his bachelor's degree in supply chain management in December 2015 . . . is currently pursuing a master's degree in marketing research and is scheduled to graduate in December 2016.