Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and players discuss Holiday Bowl win.
Spartan Senior Linebacker
Michigan State held its annual media day Monday afternoon in the Izzo Family Media Center inside Spartan Stadium.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Complete transcript from Dantonio's press conference on media day.
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
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CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner tallied 66 tackles, including five for losses, in 44 career games, including four starts . . . was a member of the team’s Eagles leadership council as a senior . . . brother Eric Thatcher played safety at Pittsburgh (2005-08) . . . graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in December 2017.
2017 SEASON (SENIOR): Had 11 tackles in 11 games of action . . . had 13-yard kickoff return at Rutgers . . . tallied one tackle in win over No. 7 Penn State. . . registered three tackles at Minnesota, all solo stops on special teams, to earn Spartan Special Units Player of the Week honors . . . logged three tackles in Western Michigan game . . . posted four stops against Bowling Green.
2016 SEASON (SENIOR): Started three games at Mike linebacker (Wisconsin, Indiana, BYU), filling in for the injured Riley Bullough, while playing in all 12 contests . . . recorded career highs in tackles (28) and tackles for loss (3.5 for 15 yards) . . . played more than 180 snaps at linebacker . . . registered a 4-yard tackle for loss at No. 8 Penn State . . . logged one tackle against No. 2 Ohio State and was in on half a sack . . . tallied two tackles at Maryland . . . logged a new career high with 13 stops vs. BYU, more than doubling his season total of 11 entering game; played a career-high 56 snaps against the Cougars . . . posted four tackles at Indiana, including tallying first forced fumble of season . . . made first start of season in Wisconsin game, recording six tackles on 52 snaps, including career-best two tackles for loss with half a sack.
2015 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Recorded 23 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, in 13 games of action . . . ranked second on the team with nine tackles on special teams (seven kickoff; two punt) . . . tied for team lead with two forced fumbles . . . tied his career high with five tackles vs. Indiana; also forced a fumble and registered a quarterback hurry against the Hoosiers in compiling eight production points . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Indiana . . . started at middle linebacker vs. Central Michigan in place of Riley Bullough, who had to sit out the first half due to targeting penalty; recorded a season-high five tackles, including a 1-yard loss, against the Chippewas . . . forced a fumble and had four stops against Air Force.
2014 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Made eight appearances, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . tallied four tackles, including a season-best two against Eastern Michigan.
2013 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. South Florida.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's Top 300 prospects by ESPN.com (No. 183) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 229) . . . rated among the country's top linebackers by CFN (No. 29) . . . listed among the nation's top inside linebackers by ESPN.com (No. 6), Rivals.com (No. 12) and 247Sports.com (No. 32) . . . ranked among the country's top outside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 17) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 23) . . . listed among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 9), Rivals.com (No. 17) and 247Sports.com (No. 30) . . . recorded six tackles and a safety in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston . . . two-year starter for Coach John Rodenberg at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . helped the Crusaders to a combined record of 21-7 (.750), including the 2012 Division 1 state championship (12-3) . . . first-team All-Ohio selection by The Associated Press in 2012 . . . named AP Division I Defensive Player of the Year (shared honor with two others) as a senior . . . also selected Southwest Ohio District Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 . . . two-time All-Greater Catholic League South selection (2012: first team; 2011: second team) . . . recorded a career-best 130 tackles (51 solos, 79 assists) as a senior, with 13.5 resulting in losses (44 yards) including 2.5 sacks (15 yards) . . . also credited with four passes defended, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 2012 . . . produced a team-high nine tackles, including two for losses (4 yards), vs. Toledo Whitmer in the Division I state championship game . . . reached double-figure tackles in five games as a senior: 12 stops vs. St. Edward, 11 at St. Xavier, 10 at Louisville St. Xavier, 13 at Detroit Catholic Central (sack and forced fumble) . . . tallied nine tackles and an interception vs. Grand Rapids Christian . . . registered 104 tackles (62 solos, 42 assists) as a junior, with 9.5 resulting in losses including two sacks . . . had a career-best two interceptions (56 yards) to go along with six pass break-ups and a fumble recovery in 2011 . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan wide receiver Monty Madaris . . . son of Antonia Jones . . . born Oct. 18, 1994 . . . brother Eric Thatcher played safety at Pittsburgh (2005-08) . . . journalism major.