Sophomore R.J. Shelton is listed as a starting slot receiver, a third-team corner and the team's top kick returner.
MSU's offense begins to hit its stride as young players gain valuable game experience.
Several true freshmen are pushing for playing time this season.
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. Purdue
Michigan State vs. Wyoming (USATSI)
Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan (USATSI)
USATSPI: Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 11/30/13
Michigan State @ Nebraska
CAREER NOTES: Second-year player is listed as the starting flanker on the depth chart . . . multi-dimensional player also returns kickoffs for MSU . . . has played in 20 career games, including six starts . . . has 36 carries for 280 rushing yards (7.8 avg.) and three touchdowns . . . has 14 career catches for 108 yards (7.7 avg.) and one touchdown.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranks third on the team in all-purpose yards with 606 (86.6 ypg.) . . . ranks sixth in the Big Ten in kick returns (377 yards on 17 attempts; 22.2 avg.) . . . has 15 rushes for 127 yards (8.5 avg.) and one touchdown . . . has 10 catches for 102 yards (10.2 avg.) and one touchdown . . . 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), kick return yards (121) and all-purpose yards (209) at No. 3 Oregon . . . also had a career-long 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 general management.