Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Following a season full of injuries in 2015, the Spartans return 12 letterwinners to the defensive backfield with plenty of game experience.
Spartans hold third spring practice on Tuesday.
RB Gerald Holmes led the team to victory with two touchdowns in the 4th quarter.
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
Two-year letterwinner played in nine career games, including seven starts at cornerback . . . had 43 career tackles, two interceptions and three pass break-ups.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked sixth on the team with a career-high 36 tackles . . . broke up two passes . . . played in seven games, including five starts, before suffering season-ending injury (broken foot) before Illinois game . . . started at Maryland at boundary cornerback, tallying three stops . . . started vs. Northwestern at boundary cornerback and registered five tackles, finishing with 10 production points . . . started at boundary cornerback vs. BYU and notched seven tackles . . . snared first interception of season and second of career at Indiana, adding four tackles after starting at boundary cornerback . . . made first start of season in Wisconsin game, starting at boundary cornerback; logged a career-high eight tackles against the No. 11 Badgers . . . tallied three tackles and registered career-best two pass break-ups at No. 18 Notre Dame, ranking second among MSU defensive backs with 11 production points . . . posted six tackles in season-opener vs. Furman.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Started at cornerback and had seven tackles in the first two games . . . recorded three stops vs. No. 7 Oregon before exiting the game with a neck injury . . . started at cornerback in his collegiate debut at Western Michigan; recorded 15 production points against the Broncos after tallying four tackles, including two for losses (4 yards), a pass break-up, and a game-sealing interception in the end zone with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter . . . named Spartan unsung hero of the game on defense against WMU.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played defensive back for Team Ohio in the inaugural Border Classic on June 14, 2014, in Findlay, Ohio . . . selected to play for the South Division I-III team in the North-South Ohio Classic April 26, 2015, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio . . . rated among the nation's top players by Scout.com (No. 132) and CollegeFootballNews.com (No. 248) . . . ranked among the country's top cornerbacks by Scout.com (No. 13), CFN (No. 26), Rivals.com (No. 41) and ESPN.com (No. 71) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 76) . . . named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by ESPN.com (No. 31), Rivals.com (No. 32) and 247Sports (No. 44) . . . MaxPreps Medium Schools All-America second-team selection . . . named 2013 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio Co-Defensive Player of the Year . . . selected AP Division III Southwest All-District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . All-Dayton City League and Cox Media Group all-area selection in 2013 . . . gained 159 rushing yards and accounted for three scores vs. Cincinnati Winton Woods, including an 88-yard kickoff return for a TD . . . played a solid all-around game vs. Alter, rushing for nearly 200 yards and a TD while posting seven tackles and three pass break-ups . . . carried 21 times for 258 yards and four TDs vs. Chaminade Julienne, scoring on runs of 6, 43, 47 and 8 yards . . . ran for 111 yards and intercepted two passes in the 2013 season opener vs. Clayton Northmont . . . rushed for 2,028 yards and 25 TDs as a junior . . . career totals include more than 4,000 rushing yards and 20 interceptions . . . won Division II 400-meter (48.22) state title in 2013 . . . son of Melissa Jackson . . . born Sept. 26, 1996 . . . majoring in criminal justice.