MSU and Ohio State set to meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.
Linebacker Darien Harris leads the defense with nine tackles, while quarterback Andrew Maxwell completes 16-of-29 passes for 162 yards.
Freshmen get their first taste of live action during Wednesday's practice.
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 player adds depth at wide receiver . . . awarded a scholarship for the 2014 spring semester.
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in four games (vs. Youngstown State, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota) . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week a team-high three times (vs. Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota).
2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Minnesota.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter for Coach Jim McQuaide at Solon (Ohio) High School . . . helped the Comets to a combined record of 34-4 (.895), including three-straight Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Championships and three-consecutive playoff appearances . . . earned Associated Press honorable mention Northeast All-District and first-team all-league honors as a senior after finishing second on the team in receptions with 32 for 411 yards (12.8 avg.) and five touchdowns in 2011 . . . caught six passes for 114 yards in the regional semifinals vs. Mentor, including TD grabs for 4 and 70 yards . . . had six catches for 53 yards and a score in the regular-season meeting vs. Mentor . . . named one of the team captains and one of the NOC Scholar-Athlete Award recipients . . . ranked among the Top 50 players in Northeast Ohio by The Plain Dealer (No. 35) heading into his senior season . . . ranked second on the team with 20 receptions for 383 yards (19.2 avg.) and four TDs as a junior en route to being named honorable mention all-league . . . had a season-best two TD catches vs. Worthington Kilbourne . . . burst onto the scene as a sophomore, earning first-team all-league honors after catching 38 passes for 578 yards (15.2 avg.) and five scores . . . his 38 receptions ranked as the sixth-best single-season total in Solon history . . . had two TD receptions each vs. Parma and Strongsville . . . his prep career totals included 90 receptions for 1,372 yards (15.2 avg.) and 14 TDs . . . talented midfielder earned Division I First-Team All-Ohio honors (Ohio High School Lacrosse Association) as both a junior and senior . . . also named to the Northeast Ohio Division I All-Region first team in 2012 . . . totaled 27 points (19 goals, 8 assists) in 2011 . . . son of Ed and Michelle Barksdale . . . born July 22, 1993 . . . majoring in kinesiology.