The Spartans finished the season with 10 consecutive victories
From Connor Kruse to Trevon Pendleton to Ed Davis, several unsung heroes have helped MSU reach the Rose Bowl.
MSU and Ohio State set to meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
All nine of MSU's assistant coaches visited with reporters at media day.
Spartans return five starters and 20 letterwinners.
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: Fourth-year player is in his second season as the starting fullback . . . two-year letterwinner has appeared in 34 games, including 18 starts at fullback . . . former walk-on is now on scholarship.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Has seven starts at fullback (Oregon, Eastern Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland) and has seen action in 11 games . . . had a 2-yard reception at Purdue.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 14 games, including 10 starts at fullback, to earn his second letter . . . had eight catches for 127 yards (15.9 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . impressive all-around effort vs. No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game, recording two catches for 21 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown from Connor Cook in the second quarter, in addition to delivering several key blocks against the Cardinal . . . had two catches for a career-high 62 yards in win over No. 23 Michigan; had a 49-yard reception on MSU's first offensive play of the game . . . had a 13-yard reception at Illinois . . . caught his first career pass for a 12-yard touchdown against Youngstown State.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in nine games to earn his first letter . . . played both fullback and on special teams . . . collected a tackle at Minnesota . . . started his first career game at No. 23 Michigan.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Co-Player of the Week vs. Florida Atlantic . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Iowa.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's top fullbacks by Rivals.com (No. 3) . . . three-time all-state, all-area, all-county and all-district selection for Coach Merril Triplett at Portsmouth (Ohio) West High School . . . earned Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio First-Team honors as a linebacker in 2010 after recording 78 tackles in just seven games for the Senators . . . sidelined for the last four games of the season with a broken leg . . . named AP All-Southeast District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . also rushed 88 times for 967 yards (11.0 avg.) and 13 touchdowns in 2010 . . . ran 15 times for 115 yards and two scores vs. Chesapeake . . . gained 168 yards on 14 carries and scored three TDs vs. Rock Hill . . . had 15 rushes for 229 yards and two scores vs. Portsmouth . . . produced 96 tackles as a junior, with 25 resulting in losses including eight sacks . . . also forced and recovered three fumbles in 2009 . . . carried 144 times for 1,471 yards and 20 TDs as a junior . . . son of Garrett and Shawna Pendleton . . . born Nov. 9, 1992 . . . majoring in hospitality business.