Andre Sims Jr.
Spartans and Horned Frogs ready to meet in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Football Media Center: TCU
In the first six seasons under head coach Mark Dantonio, 70 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten.
Seventy-eight Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Spartans record a season-high four takeaways in victory at Minnesota.
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
Fourth-year player will compete for playing time at flanker . . . two-year letterwinner has 10 catches for 78 yards (7.8 avg.) and one touchdown in 23 career games . . . has collected 221 punt return yards on 26 returns (8.5 avg.).
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in 10 games to earn his second letter . . . ranked second on the team in punt returns (129 yards on 15 returns; 8.6 avg.) . . . had seven receptions for 55 yards (7.9 avg.) . . . had two catches for 5 yards against Purdue . . . caught two passes for 11 yards vs. Indiana . . . had a 20-yard reception at Iowa . . . recorded his first career touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Connor Cook in the first quarter vs. Youngstown State.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games, primarily as the team's starting punt returner, to earn his first letter . . . also saw action at wide receiver . . . led team with 92 punt return yards on 11 returns (8.4 avg.) . . . had three catches for 23 yards . . . named to BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team as a punt returner . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . had a career-high 66 punt return yards at Minnesota on four returns (16.5 avg.), including a career-long 44-yarder in the third quarter to the Gopher 7 that set up a Dan Conroy field goal . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin . . . had a 14-yard punt return at No. 23 Michigan . . . 2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week twice (Youngstown State, Ohio State).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top wide receivers by Rivals. com (No. 63) . . . rated among the country's top athletes by Scouts, Inc. (No. 66) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Team . . . listed among Georgia's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 40) . . . honorable mention all-state selection by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press and Georgia Sports Writers Association . . . two-year starter for Coach Mark Crews at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia . . . led team in receptions with 48 for 764 yards (15.0 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior while helping the 14-1 Broncos win the Class AAAAA state title . . . also contributed 26 tackles (20 solos, 6 assists) and an interception in 2010 . . . returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a TD in the 2010 Class AAAAA championship game vs. Colquitt County . . . accounted for more than 200 all-purpose yards vs. Archer . . . earned all-county honors as an all-purpose player in 2009 . . . set school records for receptions (56), receiving yards (915) and TD catches (9) as a junior . . . also set school single-game records for catches (10) and receiving yards (167) vs. Dacula in 2009 . . . returned six punts for 140 yards (23.3 avg.) as a junior . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan cornerback Nick Tompkins . . . son of Andre and Alida Sims . . . born Nov. 18, 1992 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in journalism.