Following a 46-27 loss at Oregon, Michigan State used the bye week to regroup and refocus before opening a three-game homestand against Eastern Michigan.
Free safety Kurtis Drummond, offensive guard Travis Jackson and defensive end Shilique Calhoun have been elected captains by their peers.
Michigan State's six returning lettermen have combined for 61 career starts on the offensive line.
Quotes from Jeremy Langford, Marcus Rush, Kurtis Drummond, Shilique Calhoun and Travis Jackson.
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: Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner has played in 35 career games, including 25 starting assignments (18 at center, six at left guard, one at right guard) . . . elected a co-captain by his teammates.
2014 SEASON (SENIOR): Has started all seven games (six at left guard, one at center vs. Wyoming) . . . has 29.5 knockdowns . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week at Indiana after recording 7.5 knockdowns and MSU rushed for 330 yards while giving up just one sack . . . tallied seven knockdowns against Wyoming while starting at center in place of injured starter Jack Allen . . . recorded five knockdowns at No. 3 Oregon, including two dominators . . . started his first career game at left guard in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State; played 48 snaps and totaled three knockdowns against the Gamecocks before being forced to leave the game with an injury.
2013 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 13 games, including three starts (two at center; one at right guard) . . . saw extensive time in the playing rotation all season long . . . started his first career game at right guard in the 100th Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford, filling in for injured starter Dan France . . . started the first two games at center before being sidelined by an injury for the Youngstown State game . . . returned to action at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . registered two takedowns vs. South Florida . . . played 82 snaps in the 2013 season opener vs. Western Michigan . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection for the third-straight year . . . returned to action in spring practice after missing the final seven games of 2012 due to injury.
2012 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started the first five games of the season at center before leaving the Ohio State game with a knee injury and a broken leg . . . played 298 snaps in the first five games and was credited with 10 knockdowns . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week against Eastern Michigan . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Started 10 games at center . . . named Freshman All-American by Phil Steele (first team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (second team) . . . named to ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . named Lineman of the Week for his performance in the win at Northwestern . . . missed the Minnesota game due to an injury . . . made his first career start at center against Central Michigan after missing the first three games of the season with an ankle injury . . . spent a majority of spring practice and preseason camp competing against Blake Treadwell for the starting job at center . . .
2010 SEASON: Redshirted . . . twice named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Notre Dame and Minnesota).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Started at right guard for the Ohio All-Stars in the 2010 Big 33 Football Classic . . . also participated in the 2010 Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South Classic . . . rated among the nation's top offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. (No. 25), Rivals.com (No. 26), Max Emfinger (No. 34) and Scout.com (No. 59) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . ranked among Ohio's top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 20) and Scout.com (No. 42) . . . three-year letterman and two-year starter for Coach Ryan Wiggins at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, helping the Stallions to a combined record of 36-6 (.857) including back-to-back regional championships in 2008-09 and a trip to the state finals in 2009 . . . named a finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football award . . . selected Associated Press All-Ohio Division III Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . chosen All-Central District Defensive Player of the Year . . . named All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year by The Columbus Dispatch . . . also earned first-team all-league and All-Agoinus honors in 2009 . . . recorded 78 tackles as a senior, with 27 resulting in losses including 12 sacks . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Stallions amass more than 4,000 rushing yards in 2009 . . . son of Rick and Penny Jackson . . . born June 10, 1991 . . . participates in Athletes in Action sports ministry . . . received his bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2014 and is currently pursuing a second degree in advertising.