Michigan State has won 24 games the past two seasons, the most in back-to-back seasons in school history and tied for third most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
With a veteran quarterback and a hard-hitting defense, Michigan State expects to compete for a Big Ten Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff.
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
Fourth-year player and two-year letterwinner enters preseason camp as the starter at Mike linebacker . . . played a majority of the 2014 season at Sam linebacker, but moved to Mike late in the regular season following an injury to Jon Reschke . . . solidified his position as the starter at Mike with a productive spring season . . . led all players with seven tackles, including a 1-yard sack, in the Green-White spring game . . . returned to the defensive side of the ball at linebacker in spring practice in 2014 after spending the 2013 season at running back and fullback . . . has 32 career tackles in 27 games.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games, including his first career start against Eastern Michigan in Week 3 . . . ranked 10th on the team with 71 production points during the regular season . . . collected a career-high 29 tackles, including four for losses (17 yards) . . . ranked fifth on the team with 3.5 sacks (17 yards) . . . tied for fourth on the team with two interceptions . . . recorded two tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic victory against No. 4 Baylor . . . had a huge final series against the Bears to help seal the victory, registering a half sack of Bryce Petty, along with teammate Marcus Rush, on second down with seven seconds left, and intercepting a pass on third down with two seconds remaining in the game . . . credited with a career-high five stops at Penn State, including a half sack (4 yards) . . . recorded his first career interception and had two tackles vs. Rutgers . . . compiled 19 production points at Maryland, including a 4-yard sack . . . tallied 17 production points vs. No. 19 Nebraska (three tackles, fumble recovery) . . . collected two stops, including a 4-yard sack, vs. Wyoming . . . posted three tackles in his first career start vs. Eastern Michigan . . . recorded three tackles in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, including a half sack (2 yards).
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made the transition from linebacker to running back during the last half of spring practice . . . moved into the role of fullback at the beginning of the Big Ten season . . . primarily saw action on special teams . . . saw action at linebacker during bowl practices . . . ranked fifth on the team in rushing (83 yards) and carries (22) . . . also had three receptions for 11 yards . . . collected three tackles on special teams . . . had 34 rushing yards on 10 carries (3.4 avg.) vs. Youngstown State . . . rushed for 36 yards on six attempts (6.0 avg.), including a 19-yard gain, in win over South Florida . . . collected 12 yards on five carries in his collegiate debut vs. Western Michigan . . . rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries for the White in the spring game while also playing linebacker for the Green.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Player of the Week a team-high three times . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan . . . earned Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week accolades vs. Wisconsin . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Minnesota.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top outside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 44) and Rivals.com (No. 52) . . . also listed among the country’s top safeties by ESPN.com (No. 37) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by Lansing State Journal (No. 11), Rivals.com (No. 13), ESPN.com (No. 15), The Detroit News (No. 16) and Detroit Free Press (No. 22) . . . started 29 career games at quarterback for Coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan . . . also saw action at linebacker and safety during his prep career . . . suffered a broken collarbone in the fifth game of 2011 season . . . accounted for 619 total yards and 10 touchdowns in five games . . . completed 21-of-43 passes (.488) for 292 yards and four TDs as a senior . . . rushed 42 times for 327 yards (7.8 avg.) and six scores in 2011 . . . also credited with 31 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (15 yards), three pass break-ups and a forced fumble as a senior . . . produced 927 total yards and 16 TDs in 2010 . . . hit 38-of-86 throws (.442) for 654 yards, six TDs and four interceptions as a junior . . . added 273 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs in 2010 . . . recorded 67 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, three pass break-ups and an interception as a junior . . . posted a career-best 16 tackles vs. Grayling in 2010 . . . voted the team’s offensive MVP as a sophomore after leading the Gladiators to the state title . . . completed 36-of-62 (.581) for 598 yards, 12 TDs and five interceptions in 2009 . . . totaled 10 tackles and an interception as a sophomore . . . son of Shane and LeeAnn Bullough . . . born Nov. 23, 1993 . . . is a third-generation Spartan, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Hank (guard, 1952-54) and father Shane (linebacker, 1983-86) who played football at Michigan State . . . his grandfather Jim Morse (halfback, 1954-56) played for Coach Terry Brennan at Notre Dame . . . his uncles Chuck Bullough (Michigan State, linebacker, 1988-91), Bobby Morse (Michigan State, running back, 1983-86) and Jim Morse (Notre Dame, cornerback, 1976-77) played college football . . . his brother Max was a four-year letterwinner (2010-13) and three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Spartans; he’s currently on the roster for the Houston Texans for the 2015 season . . . his brother Byron is currently a red-shirt freshman linebacker on the Spartan roster . . . majoring in media and information.