Senior middle linebacker Taiwan Jones matched his career high with 10 tackles in No. 10 Michigan State's 27-22 win over No. 19 Nebraska, including a personal-best three tackles for loss (8 yards).
The Ducks averaged 45.5 points and 565.0 total yards per game en route to an 11-2 record in 2013.
The Spartans must replace All-Big Ten linebackers Max Bullough and Denicos Allen, who combined for 80 career starts and 577 tackles.
Michigan State returns 19 letterwinners and five starters from the Big Ten's top-ranked defense in 2013.
On Tuesday, Michigan State completed its first of 15 scheduled practices.
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
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner is in his third year as a starting linebacker, his first at Mike (middle) linebacker . . . has 24 career starts (17 at Star linebacker, seven at Mike linebacker) . . . has 153 tackles, including 20.5 for losses (66 yards), in 48 career games . . . featured on the Butkus Award Watch List for the nation's best linebacker . . . preseason All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele (first team), Athlon Sports (second team) and Lindy's (second team).
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Ranks second on the team with 97 production points . . . ranks tied for second on the team with 30 tackles, including a career-best 7.5 for losses (20 yards) . . . posted five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (3 yards) and one sack (1 yard), in win at Indiana . . . tied a career high with 10 tackles and set a career high with three tackles for loss (8 yards), including a sack (4 yards), while recording 29 production points in the victory over No. 19 Nebraska . . . tallied 12 production points vs. Wyoming (three tackles, including a 6-yard sack, to go along with a fumble recovery) . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Wyoming . . . recorded 13 production points against Eastern Michigan in addition to one tackle and one QB hurry . . . had five stops at No. 3 Oregon, including a 2-yard loss . . . recorded two tackles in his first career start at middle linebacker against Jacksonville State in the season opener.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Started 13 of 14 games at Star linebacker . . . ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 67 tackles, including seven for losses (16 yards) . . . ranked seventh on the defense with 157 production points . . . led the Spartans with eight tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford . . . collected five tackles against No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . recorded six stops, including one for a 2-yard loss, against Minnesota . . . tallied five tackles, including a 1-yard loss, in win at Nebraska . . . had two tackles, including a 2-yard loss, against No. 23 Michigan . . . led MSU with six stops at Illinois . . . tallied five tackles, including a 6-yard loss, vs. Purdue . . . had five stops vs. Indiana, including a 2-yard loss . . . made six tackles at Iowa . . . did not start, but played a majority of the game at No. 22 Notre Dame, recording five tackles against the Irish . . . left the Youngstown State game in the first half (injury) and did not return . . . registered two stops, including a 1-yard loss, against South Florida . . . produced six tackles in the season opener against Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games, including four starts at the Star linebacker position (Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota) . . . recorded 38 tackles, tied for eighth most on the team . . . ranked fifth on the team with 5.5 tackles for losses (26 yards) . . . ranked tied for second on the team with five tackles on special teams . . . collected five tackles, including a 5-yard loss, at Minnesota . . . had five stops and a pass break-up vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . recorded seven tackles, including 1.5 for losses (12 yards) and an 8-yard sack, in overtime win at Wisconsin . . . tallied two tackles at No. 23 Michigan, including a 2-yard loss . . . in his first career start, recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and broke up a pass vs. Iowa . . . had four tackles at Indiana, including a 5-yard loss . . . totaled 20 production points each in road games at Indiana and Wisconsin.
2011 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . also served as the back-up at Star linebacker behind Chris Norman . . . collected 18 tackles (3 solos, 15 assists) . . . was the only true freshman on offense or defense to see playing time for the Spartans . . . recorded a season-high four tackles and a pass break-up against Indiana . . . compiled three stops each against Central Michigan and Florida Atlantic.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top outside linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 30) and Scout.com (No. 57) . . . listed among the country's top athletes by Scouts, Inc. (No. 73) . . . rated among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 57) . . . also named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . ranked among the state's Top 20 seniors by The Detroit News (No. 8), Rivals.com (No. 10), Detroit Free Press (No. 11) and Lansing State Journal (No. 12) . . . first-team all-state (Division 1-2) selection by The Detroit News and Associated Press . . . earned all-county and all-conference honors as a senior . . . selected Macomb Area Conference Blue Division MVP . . . three-year starter for Coach Phil Latona at Anchor Bay High School in Fair Haven, Michigan . . . accounted for more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior while leading the Tars to their first playoff appearance since 2004 . . . recorded 46 tackles (26 solos, 20 assists), including two for losses, and three interceptions from his strong safety position in 2010 . . . two-way starter also saw action at running back, wide receiver and quarterback . . . rushed 84 times for a team-best 856 yards (10.2 avg.) and 12 TDs as a senior . . . posted four 100-yard rushing games in 2010 . . . ranked second on the team with 34 receptions for 507 yards (14.9 avg.) and three TDs as a senior . . . accounted for 199 combined yards (rushing and receiving) and two scores vs. Port Huron North (10 carries for 101 yards, including an 83-yard TD run, and seven catches for 98 yards, including a 4-yard TD grab) . . . set career highs with eight catches for 111 yards vs. Stevenson . . . rushed 10 times for a career-best 185 yards vs. L'Anse Creuse, including TD runs of 47 and 67 yards . . . sidelined for all but two games as a junior due to a knee injury . . . three-year starter for the Anchor Bay basketball team . . . AP Class A All-State honorable mention in 2010-11 . . . selected to the Detroit Free Press All-East Team as a senior . . . named MAC Blue Division MVP after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds in 2010-11 . . . turned in one of his best all-around performances vs. Port Huron, scoring 41 points and collecting 15 rebounds . . . rated among the state's Top 10 wing forwards by mirecruitpreps.com . . . son of Clarence and Kecia Jones . . . born Dec. 1, 1993 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . majoring in sociology.
Tackles: 10, twice (last vs. Nebraska, 10/4/14)
Tackles for loss: 3, vs. Nebraska (10/4/14)
Sacks: 1.0, three times (last vs. Nebraska, 10/4/14)
Pass Break-ups: 1, four times