Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
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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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Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner enters his second season as the starting strong safety . . . has 130 tackles and 17 passes defended (six interceptions, 11 pass break-ups) in 38 career games, including 12 starts.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games, including 10 starts at strong safety . . . ranked third on the team with a career-high 59 tackles (34 solos, 25 assists) . . . ranked tied for second on the team with three interceptions (60 yards), including two interception returns for touchdowns (29 yards vs. Michigan; 22 yards vs. Maryland) . . . ranked third on the team with a career-best five pass break-ups . . . ranked seventh on the team with 109 production points during the regular season . . . named to BTN.com All-Big Ten Postseason Team . . . led MSU with 10 tackles in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic victory over No. 4 Baylor; ran back Marcus Rush’s blocked field goal in the fourth quarter 36 yards to set up MSU’s game-winning touchdown drive in the 20-point comeback win . . . defensive recipient of MSU’s Outstanding Underclass Award . . . returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown at Maryland in the third quarter to give MSU a 23-7 lead in the eventual 37-15 victory . . . recorded a career-high 11 tackles vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and had four tackles in the win over Michigan . . . collected 15 production points and had six tackles at Indiana . . . had five tackles and a pass break-up against Wyoming . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Eastern Michigan while leading the team with 17 production points; returned an interception 9 yards and also had a tackle againt the Eagles . . . collected nine stops (six solo, three assists) at No. 3 Oregon . . . recorded four tackles and a pass break-up in the season-opening win over Jacksonville State.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Ranked eighth on the team with 44 tackles, including three for losses (6 yards) . . . also had three passes defended (one interception, two pass break-ups) . . . ranked eighth on the team with 80 production points . . . started two games (Youngstown State, Notre Dame) . . . recorded four tackles against fifth-ranked Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . played a majority of the game at Northwestern following Isaiah Lewis’ ejection for targeting in the first quarter, producing seven tackles and a pass break-up . . . collected three tackles, including a 1-yard loss, at Illinois . . . had three stops, including a 2-yard loss, vs. Purdue . . . registered his third career interception and posted two tackles vs. Indiana . . . tallied a career-high 10 tackles at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . collected six tackles and a pass break-up in his first career start against Youngstown State . . . posted three stops, including a 3-yard loss, in the season opener vs. Western Michigan.
2012 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in 11 games to earn his first letter . . . collected 27 tackles and had six passes defended (two interceptions, four pass break-ups) . . . was one of five Spartans with at least two interceptions. . . named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team by ESPN.com and BTN.com . . . tied for second on the team with five tackles on special teams, including four on punt coverage . . . recovered a fumbled punt at the TCU 4-yard line that led to a Spartan touchdown in the third quarter during the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory over the Horned Frogs; also had one tackle and a pass break-up vs. TCU . . . recorded his second interception of the season and was credited with a 21-yard return at Minnesota . . . missed two games (Wisconsin, Nebraska) with an ankle injury . . . had three tackles at No. 23 Michigan . . . collected nine tackles and broke up a pass at Indiana . . . posted five tackles, including a 1-yard loss, and forced a fumble at Central Michigan . . . in his collegiate debut against No. 24 Boise State, made an acrobatic catch off a tipped pass in the end zone for his first career interception.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Florida Atlantic . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Co-Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top cornerbacks by Scout.com (No. 31) . . . ranked among the country’s top athletes by Scouts, Inc. (No. 49) . . . listed among the nation’s top wide receivers by Rivals.com (No. 70) . . . ranked among the Midwest’s top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 56) . . . also named to PrepStar’s All- Midwest Team . . . rated among Ohio’s top seniors by Rivals.com (No. 32) . . . three-year starter for Coach James Lacking at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio . . . second-team All-Ohio (Division III) selection as a defensive back in 2010 by The Associated Press . . . earned AP Southwest All-District first-team honors as a senior . . . recorded 49 tackles (19 solos, 30 assists), nine passes defended including three interceptions, and one forced fumble in 2010 . . . posted double-figure tackles in the first three games of his senior year, registering 10 stops each vs. Germantown Valley View, Trotwood-Madison and Columbus Whetstone . . . intercepted two passes vs. Findlay . . . two-way player added 12 catches for 271 yards (22.6 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . caught three passes for 101 yards and two scores vs. Columbus Whetstone . . . earned first-team all-city honors on both sides of the football as a junior . . . produced 60 tackles (37 solos, 23 assists) and 14 passes defended, including seven interceptions (189 yards), in 2009 . . . registered six tackles and a career-best three interceptions vs. Meadowdale, returning one pick for a score . . . made 10 stops plus forced and recovered a fumble vs. Thurgood Marshall . . . totaled a career-high 15 tackles and two interceptions vs. Cincinnati Taft . . . also accounted for 1,250 all-purpose yards and nine TDs as a junior . . . rushed 56 times for 540 yards (9.6 avg.) in 2009 . . . carried 15 times for a career-best 301 yards and three TDs vs. Greenville . . . had 16 receptions for 364 yards (22.8 avg.) and five scores as a junior . . . scored on an 80-yard TD reception vs. Columbus Whetstone . . . caught six passes for 137 yards and two scores vs. Germantown Valley View . . . also participated in track and basketball for the Wolverines . . . won two relay medals (4x100 and 4x200) in the Ohio Division II outdoor championships as a junior . . . son of Roger Williamson Sr. and Domonica Cox . . . born Feb. 8, 1993 . . . expected to graduate in August 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in advertising.