Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Jack Allen, Shilique Calhoun and Connor Cook give their takes on who to watch for this upcoming season.
After overcoming three knee surgeries, junior AJ Troup's first career reception resulted in a touchdown in MSU's season-opening win over Jacksonville State.
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: Had nine catches for 141 yards (15.7 avg.) in 21 career games . . . battled numerous knee injuries (three separate ACL surgeries) throughout his career but was fully healthy his final two seasons to earn two letters . . . earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising in May 2015.
2015 SEASON (SENIOR): Appeared in 11 games . . . had two catches for 28 yards (14.0 avg.) . . . had a 14-yard reception vs. Purdue . . . named fourth game captain vs. Air Force . . . had one catch for 14 yards in the season opener at Western Michigan.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Recorded seven catches for 113 yards (16.1 avg.) in 10 games . . . had a 13-yard reception vs. Michigan . . . caught two passes for 43 yards, including a 33-yard TD catch, vs. Eastern Michigan . . . had a 19-yard catch at No. 3 Oregon . . . in his collegiate debut, had three receptions for 38 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown catch, against Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Had a breakout spring but was sidelined for the entire 2013 season after suffering a knee injury in the summer . . . caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Maxwell with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Green-White spring game that proved to be the game-winning score . . . had three catches for 97 yards in the first spring scrimmage April 5, including a 76-yard touchdown and a 13-yard touchdown.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see game action.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . sidelined for almost the entire spring in 2011 with a knee injury.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played for Coach Brad Anderson at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota . . . earned all-conference honors as a senior . . . had 25 receptions for 550 yards (22.0 avg.) and five touchdowns in 2009 . . . scored the only TD of his junior year on a 98-yard bomb vs. St. Cloud Tech . . . sat out his senior track season after suffering a torn ACL in the 2009 football playoffs . . . finished sixth in the 100 at the 2009 Class AA outdoor championships . . . also qualified for the state meet in the 200 . . . son of Stephanie Troup . . . born May 17, 1992 . . . earned his bachelor's degree in advertising in May 2015 . . . currently pursuing a second degree in theatre.