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
Third-year walk-on adds depth at Sam linebacker.
2014 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made three appearances (Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, Michigan) to earn his first letter . . . recovered a fumble and tallied his first career tackle against Eastern Michigan.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Player of the Week three times . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Ohio State and Illinois . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Purdue.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Detroit Free Press Division 3 all-state team as a senior . . . also earned first-team all-area honors . . . saw action at linebacker and tight end for Coach George Porritt at Orchard Lake (Michigan) St. Mary’s . . . recorded 75 tackles, including eight sacks, and an interception in 2012 . . . posted a team-high eight tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, and a quarterback hurry in the 2012 Division 3 state championship game vs. Grand Rapids Christian . . . contributed three stops in 2011 victory over Mount Pleasant in Division 3 state title game . . . three-year letterman as a forward in hockey . . . accounted for 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 22 games in 2012-13 . . . son of John and Natalie Harrington . . . born Sept. 1, 1995 . . . majoring in political science/pre-law.