'Play the next' mentality has helped MSU win nine consecutive games and a Big Ten Championship.
MSU and Wisconsin meet for the fourth time in the last three seasons.
Spartans return eight starters from the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten last season.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio supports All-America defensive tackle Jerel Worthy's decision to turn pro.
Game-by-Game Statistics: 2013
Retired from football following the 2013 season to focus on medical school.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 14 games on the defensive line, including two starts (Illinois, Ohio State) . . . collected 15 tackles . . . collected a career-high four tackles, including a half sack (4 yards), and broke up a pass against Minnesota . . . tallied two tackles at Northwestern . . . posted three stops against Iowa . . . recorded a half sack (9 yards) in season opener against Western Michigan . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see game action . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week twice (vs. Central Michigan and Minnesota).
2011 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top defensive tackles by Scouts.com (No. 74) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 82) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 73) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Wisconsin's Top 10 seniors by Rivals.com (No. 7) . . . three-year starter for head coaches Dick Basham and Jeff Mazurczak at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wis., who helped lead the Hilltoppers win back-to-back Division 1 state titles in 2009-10 . . . first-team all-state selection as a senior by The Associated Press . . . two- time all-region (Southeast) pick by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) . . . named first-team all-area as a senior . . . selected Greater Metro Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2010 after recording 68 tackles (45 solos, 23 assists), with 21 resulting in losses including six sacks . . . anchored a defensive unit that allowed just six first downs and 51 total yards plus recorded a key 7-yard sack in the fourth quarter in the Hilltoppers' 7-0 victory over Menomonee Falls in the 2010 Division 1 state championship game . . . earned AP second-team all-state honors as a junior . . . second-team all-area and first-team all-conference selection by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2009 . . . also participated in track and field . . . finished sixth in the shot put (56-11) in the 2010 Division 1 state outdoor championships . . . posted a personal-best 118-10 in the discus throw . . . son Len Scarpinato and Susan Roach . . . born March 24, 1993 . . . majoring in kinesiology.
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