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
Fourth-year walk-on adds depth at strong safety.
2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Did not see game action . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week twice (vs. Jacksonville State and Purdue).
2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see game action . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Indiana.
2012 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Compiled a 19-6 record (.760) as a two-year starter for Coach Bob Meyer at Walled Lake (Mich.) Central High School . . . accounted for 2,337 yards total offense and 26 touchdowns as a senior . . . completed 55-of-101 passes (.545) for 799 yards, six TDs and four interceptions in 2011 . . . threw two TD passes each vs. Kettering and Glenn . . . rushed 187 times for 1,538 yards (8.2 avg.) and 20 TDs as a senior . . . producing eight 100-yard rushing games in 2011 . . . gained 207 yards on 21 carries (9.7 avg.) and scored once vs. Brighton . . . rushed 21 times for a career-best 211 yards (10.1 avg.) and three scores vs. Salem . . . scored a career-high four rushing TDs vs. Walled Lake Northern . . . led the Vikings to an 11-2 record as a junior while advancing to the Division 2 semifinals . . . three-sport standout also lettered in baseball and basketball . . . went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the 2012 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) All-Star Game at Comerica Park in Detroit . . . hit .685 with 30 RBI, 35 stolen bases and an .800 on-base percentage as a senior while leading the Vikings to their third-straight Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division title . . . struck out only twice during the entire 2012 season . . . son of Mike (deceased) and Mary Leimbach . . . born Jan. 20, 1994 . . . packaging major.