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.
The sophomore returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the regular-season at Penn State.
R.J. Shelton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and the MSU defense responded to three sudden-change situations in the first half to help the Spartans post win No. 10 in the regular-season finale at Penn State.
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
Michigan State vs. Baylor (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Penn State (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Purdue
Michigan State vs. Wyoming (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan (USATSI)
Third-year player and two-year letterwinner enters preseason camp listed as one of the starting flankers . . . featured on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List (nation’s most versatile player) . . . preseason All-Big Ten choice as a kick returner by Athlon Sports (second team) and Phil Steele (second team) . . . has played in 26 career games, including six starts . . . multi-dimensional player has collected 1,472 all-purpose yards (56.6 ypg.) . . . has scored seven career touchdowns (four rushing two receiving, one kick return) his first two seasons . . . has 42 carries for 301 rushing yards (7.2 avg.) and four touchdowns . . . also has 20 career catches for 179 yards (8.9 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . ranks 11th in MSU history in kick return yards (992) and kick returns (40).
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games, including two starts . . . ranked third on the team in all-purpose yards with 1,114 (85.7 ypg.) . . . led team and ranked sixth in MSU single-season history in kick returns (793 yards on 31 attempts; 25.6 avg.) . . . also ranked third in the Big Ten and 26th in the FBS in kick returns (25.6 avg.) . . . named second-team All-Big Ten kick returner by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . ranked fourth on the team in rushing (21 rushes for 148 yards; 7.0 avg.) and had two rushing TDs . . . tied for fifth on the team with five touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving, one kick return) . . . ranked sixth on the team with 16 catches for 173 yards (10.8 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . ranked second on the team with 117 all-purpose yards (89 kick return; 17 receiving, 11 rushing) in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic win over No. 4 Baylor; scored on an 11-yard rush in the first quarter against the Bears . . . named College Football Performance Awards National Kick Returner of the Week and Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after returning three kickoffs for a career-high 135 yards (45.0 avg.) and one touchdown in Michigan State’s 34-10 win at Penn State . . . returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score at Penn State, his first career kickoff return for a touchdown; it marked MSU’s first kickoff return for a TD since Keshawn Martin in 2009 (93 yards vs. Minnesota), and it also marked just the second time in MSU history (modern-day era, since 1945) that the Spartans returned an opening kickoff for a touchdown (Demond Williams vs. Indiana in 2005, 98 yards) . . . totaled 119 all-purpose yards vs. Rutgers (two attempts for 76 kick return yards, three catches for 39 yards, one carry for 4 yards) . . . had a 7-yard TD catch in the second quarter and a 52-yard kickoff return in the third quarter against the Scarlet Knights . . . collected 78 all-purpose yards vs. No. 14 Ohio State (three kick returns for 60 yards, two catches for 15 yards; one rush for 3 yards) . . . had 58 all-purpose yards at Indiana (34 kick return, 19 receiving, 5 rushing), including a 4-yard TD reception . . . collected 65 all-purpose yards in a start at Purdue (four carries for 27 yards; two kick returns for 38 yards) . . . had 79 all-purpose yards vs. No. 19 Nebraska (four kick returns for 57 yards; three carries for 22 yards) . . . collected 123 all-purpose yards against Wyoming (88 kick return, two catches for 20 yards, one carry for 15 yards) . . . had three carries for 9 yards vs. Eastern Michigan, including a 6-yard TD run . . . recorded career highs in receptions (4), receiving yards (58) and all-purpose yards (209) at No. 3 Oregon; also had 121 kick return yards against the Ducks . . . also had a 59-yard kick return against the Ducks . . . collected 24 all-purpose yards in the season opener against Jacksonville State (two rushes for 19 yards; one catch for 5 yards).
2013 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Saw action in 13 games, including four starts (Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern) . . . led team with nine kick returns for 199 yards (22.1 avg.) . . . ranked fourth on the team in rushing with 153 yards on 21 carries (7.3 avg.) . . . also had four catches for 6 yards . . . compiled 77 all-purpose yards (69 kick return, 8 rushing) against No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . rushed three times for 6 yards at Nebraska, including a 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter . . . collected 96 all-purpose yards in MSU’s victory over No. 23 Michigan; rushed twice for 38 yards, including a 35-yarder in the fourth quarter, and had 58 kick return yards on two returns (29.0 avg.) . . . had 7 yards rushing on two carries and had a 6-yard reception at Illinois . . . earned his first career start vs. Purdue; had 24 yards rushing on five carries (4.8 avg.) against the Boilermakers . . . collected 47 all-purpose yards vs. Indiana (40 rush, 7 receiving), including a 34-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter . . . registered an 18-yard rush in his only attempt against Youngstown State . . . had two carries for 7 yards in his collegiate debut vs. South Florida . . . made the position change from running back to wide receiver during preseason camp.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation’s top running backs by Rivals.com (No. 31), Scout.com (No. 44) and ESPN.com (No. 71) . . . rated among the country’s top all-purpose backs by 247Sports.com (No. 19) . . . listed among the Midwest’s top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 103) . . . ranked among Wisconsin’s top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 4), ESPN.com (No. 4) and 247Sports.com (No. 5) . . . three-year starter for Coach Tim White at Beaver Dam (Wisconsin) High School . . . helped the Golden Beavers to 21 victories during his four-year varsity career (more wins than the previous five seasons combined) . . . set school career records for carries (612), rushing yards (5,092), rushing touchdowns (72), all-purpose yards (5,763) and total TDs (78) . . . career averages (37 games): 8.3 yards per carry and 137.6 rushing yards per game . . . first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior . . . also earned first-team All-Little Ten honors in 2012 . . . rushed 149 times for 1,302 yards (8.7 avg.) and 15 TDs as a senior . . . added eight catches for 148 yards (18.5 avg.) and one score in 2012 . . . recorded six 100-yard rushing games as a senior, including three 200-yard efforts . . . gained 230 yards on 15 attempts and scored four rushing TDs (60, 56, 29 and 16 yards) vs. West Bend East . . . accounted for 202 all-purpose yards vs. Watertown (14 carries for 146 yards and a score; 3 receptions for 56 yards) . . . caught three passes for a season-high 72 yards at Oconomowoc . . . ran 28 times for a season-high 257 yards and three scores (14, 80 and 37 yards) vs. West Bend West . . . carried 14 times for 238 yards and four TDs (4, 67, 12 and 67 yards) and returned a punt 65 yards for a score in the 2012 season opener vs. Waupun . . . named AP second-team all-state and WFCA honorable mention all-state as a junior . . . selected 2011 Little Ten Back of the Year after setting career highs for carries (217), rushing yards (2,048) and rushing TDs (34) . . . produced seven 200-yard rushing games as a junior . . . put together a late-season streak of four-straight 200-yard games. . . had seven scoring runs of over 70 yards in 2011, including a 95-yard TD run at West Bend West and a 99-yard TD burst vs. Hartford . . . rushed 40 times for a school single-game record 329 yards and five TDs vs. Watertown . . . picked up 229 yards on 16 attempts and scored five times in the 2011 season opener vs. Waupun . . . carried 188 times for 1,274 yards and 18 TDs as a sophomore in 2010 . . . gained 468 yards on 58 attempts and scored five rushing TDs as a freshman in 2009 . . . son of Erin Broome . . . born May 6, 1994 . . . mother Erin Broome played guard on the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (1992-93) . . . father Rodney Shelton played football for the Badgers (lettered in 1991) . . . majoring in advertising.