• The Spartans return five seniors on defense who have earned All-Big Ten honors in their careers, including first-team All-American and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year has led the team in tackles the past two seasons (100 in 2017, 102 in 2018) and returns for his third year as the starting middle linebacker. • Dantonio led the Spartans to the 2015 Big Ten Championship with a 16-13 victory over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked Iowa.
Both Bachie and Willekes have earned numerous preseason All-America accolades and have been named to multiple award watch lists. It marked Dantonio's third Big Ten Championship (2010, 2013, 2015), establishing a school record (previous: Daugherty and George Perles with two each).
18 Georgia, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings against TCU, 2014 Rose Bowl Game against No. The rest of the defensive staff (, secondary) will remain in their same roles. Dantonio has 10 winning seasons in his 12 years in East Lansing, including a school-record 11 bowl bids. • The second-winningest coach in school history with 107 victories, trailing only Hall of Famer Duffy Daugherty (109), Dantonio also ranks first in program history in conference winning percentage (.657, 65-34 record, minimum 10 games); tied for first in AP Top 25 finishes (seven); second in Big Ten wins (65), home wins (63) and AP Top 25 wins (21); and fifth in overall winning percentage (.677).During that span, MSU has won five bowl games (2012 Outback, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2017 Holiday), three Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and three Big Ten Division titles (2011, 2013, 2015). Salem spent his first three seasons in East Lansing as the running backs coach and has been the quarterbacks coach the last six years. D.) for five seasons from 2005-09, Salem will also return to coaching the running backs, where he previously mentored All-Big Ten players Le'Veon Bell and Edwin Baker.MSU's .714 winning percentage this decade is third best in school history. 6 in 2015) and the 36 wins from 2013-15 marked the winningest three-year stretch in the history of the program. • , who served as Dantonio's offensive coordinator for three seasons (2004-06) at Cincinnati and four years (2007-10) at Michigan State, will return to the offense coaching the wide receivers.
Dantonio is one of just six Big Ten coaches to have at least six 10-win seasons on their resume (Bo Schembechler, Michigan; Jim Tressel, Ohio State; Joe Paterno, Penn State; Lloyd Carr, Michigan; Urban Meyer, Ohio State) and one of four to have at least five 11-win seasons (Tressel, Paterno, Meyer). • Overall, Dantonio owns a 125-68 (.648) record in 15 seasons as a head coach (18-17 in three seasons at Cincinnati; 107-51 in 12 seasons at MSU).