Michigan State had three players leave early for the NFL draft after the 2012 season, but also held on to some players that could have left.
One of those is senior standout Max Bullough, who said leaving early wasn't ever a major thought for him.
"A lot of the reason was I thought I could have a better year than last year and I thought Michigan State could as well," Bullough said. "We will, we will be better than last year.
"I thought I could have a better year as well. I thought I have more to prove at this level and I want to do it."
Bullough said his personal goals this year are to be an academic All-American, All-American and All-Big Ten player – while doing the best he can for the team.
"I want to do the best I can at Michigan State," Bullough said. "That's obviously number one, but I know the way I perform this year is going to help my stock for next year.
"As long as Michigan State's winning, then I am going to try to do the best I can to have the best games I can."