Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
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
The Spartans topped Iowa in the Big 10 Championship on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in seven games to earn his first letter . . . saw his playing time increase at the end of the season, starting the final three games (Rutgers, Ohio State, Penn State) at defensive end . . . recorded 10 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (6 yards) . . . started at Penn State and posted two stops, including one tackle for loss . . . started against Ohio State and posted career-high five tackles, and added a half sack . . . made first career start against Rutgers and logged three tackles . . . notched one stop at Illinois . . . made first career tackle in BYU game.
2015 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see game action.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Nebraska and Rutgers).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected to play for the South Division I-III team in the North-South Ohio Classic April 26 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio . . . ranked among the nation's top defensive ends by ESPN.com (No. 72) and Scout.com (No. 108) and top weakside defensive ends by 247Sports (No. 50) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 40), Rivals.com (No. 53) and 247Sports (No. 57) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 97) . . . two-year starter for Coach Byron Mattox at Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio . . . sidelined for his entire senior season with a shoulder injury . . . set career highs for tackles (66) and sacks (13) as a junior . . . recorded 49 tackles as a sophomore, with 17.5 resulting in losses including 7.5 sacks . . . also lettered in basketball and track . . . son of Jason and Carol Powell . . . born April 5, 1996 . . . majoring in communication.