Michigan State Spartans football

Michigan State Spartans football
2016 Michigan State Spartans football team
First season 1896
Athletic director Mark Hollis
Head coach Mark Dantonio
10th year, 9042 (.682)
Stadium Spartan Stadium
Seating capacity 75,005
Field surface Grass
Location East Lansing, Michigan
Conference Big Ten
Division East
All-time record 68344144 (.604)
Bowl record 1115 (.423)
Playoff appearances 1 (2015)
Playoff record 0–1 (.000)
Claimed nat'l titles 6 (1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965, 1966)
Conference titles 11 (9 Big Ten, 2 MIAA)
Division titles 3
Consensus All-Americans 31
Current uniform
Colors Green and White[1]
Fight song Victory for MSU
Mascot Sparty
Marching band Spartan Marching Band
Rivals Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Penn State Nittany Lions
Michigan Wolverines
Website www.msuspartans.com

The Michigan State Spartans football program represents Michigan State University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. The Spartans are members of the Big Ten Conference. Michigan State claims a total of six national championships (1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965, and 1966); the AP Poll voted Michigan State as national champion one time (1952). They have been named national champions twice in the Coaches Poll (1952 and 1965). The Spartans have also won two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships (1903 and 1905) and nine Big Ten championships (1953, 1965, 1966, 1978, 1987, 1990, 2010, 2013, and 2015).

The Spartans home games are played at Spartan Stadium, which is located on the main university campus. Spartan Stadium has ranked among the NCAA's Top 25 in attendance for 59 consecutive seasons, from 1953 through 2014. The Spartans' current coach, Mark Dantonio was hired on November 27, 2006. The team's iconic Spartan helmet logo has been ranked as one of the game's best.[2][3]


1913 Michigan Agricultural College (MSU) vs Michigan

Starting as a club sport in 1885, football gained varsity status in 1896.[4] Early teams at the then Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) competed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), which was chartered in 1888 and is the oldest existing collegiate leagues in the United States. Previously, in 1884, Albion College and Michigan Agricultural had played in the first intercollegiate football game held within the state of Michigan. The MIAA's other charter members included Albion, Olivet and Hillsdale Colleges. The Association's first season of competitive football was in 1894 which by then also included Eastern Michigan University (then Michigan Normal School) and Alma College; Kalamazoo College was added in 1896. In those early years the MAC Aggies could only accomplish one outright league football championship (1905) and share another with Albion (1903). The first decade of the 20th Century generally saw the MIAA and MAC being dominated by either Albion or Olivet Colleges. MSU left the league and became an Independent in 1907.

A football signed by the 1979 Michigan State Spartans football team

During the 1950s when Detroit was known as the world's leading automobile manufacturer, Michigan State was often referred to as the nation's "football factory." During this era, the Spartans produced great players such as Lynn Chandnois, Dorne Dibble, Don McAulliffe, Tom Yewcic, Sonny Grandelius, Bob Carey, Don Coleman, Earl Morrall and Dean Look. In 1951, the Spartans finished undefeated and untied to claim a share of the national championship with Tennessee. A second consecutive undefeated season led to a consensus national title in 1952. The team was admitted into the Big Ten as a regular member in 1953, winning the league championship and defeating UCLA in their first Rose Bowl game. After the 1953 season Biggie Munn, the Spartan coach, turned the team over to his protégé Duffy Daugherty.

Coaching history

Mark Dantonio

Main article: Mark Dantonio

On November 27, 2006, Mark Dantonio was hired from the University of Cincinnati to become Michigan State's new men's football head coach. In 2010, Dantonio led MSU to earn a share of the Big Ten Championship after finishing the year in a three-way tie with Ohio State and Wisconsin, and an out right Big Ten Championship in 2013 & 2015. He has a 7-3 record against the University of Michigan (UM). Michigan State's streak of 4 wins in a row, from the 2008-2011 seasons, tied Michigan State's best in the rivalry. Dantonio's record also includes a 4-4 mark for the Megaphone Trophy, which goes to the winner of the MSU vs. Notre Dame rivalry football game. Dantonio served as an assistant coach at MSU from 1995-2000 and was Ohio State's defensive coordinator during their 2002 national championship season.[5] Dantonio was also an assistant at Kansas and Youngstown State University. He is considered a defensive-minded coach and has been on the coaching staffs of Glen Mason, Jim Tressel and Nick Saban.

Nick Saban

Main article: Nick Saban

When Saban arrived in East Lansing, Michigan prior to the 1995 season, MSU had not had a winning season since 1990, and the team was sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations committed under his predecessor and former mentor, George Perles.[6]

Saban never won a bowl game in his tenure at Michigan State, going 0-3 and losing those bowl contests by a combined 85 points.[8]

George Perles

Main article: George Perles

After returning from US Army active duty, Perles returned to Michigan where he enrolled at Michigan State University and played football under legendary coach Duffy Daugherty. Perles played the 1958 season before his playing career was cut short by a knee injury. Perles then started his football coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State before moving on to the high school ranks in Chicago and Detroit, where his St. Ambrose High School team won their first Detroit City League Championship in 1961. Perles returned to Michigan State as defensive line coach under his mentor, Daugherty.

In 1972, Chuck Noll, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, offered Perles the position of defensive line coach. In Perles’ first season, the Steelers made the NFL playoffs for the second time in franchise history, the first since 1947, losing to the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship Game. In 1974, the Steelers won the first of six consecutive AFC Central division championships and also their first Super Bowl. Perles became the defensive coordinator for the Steelers in 1978 and then assistant head coach under Noll in 1979. During Perles' ten years with Pittsburgh (1972–1981), the Steelers won a then-record four Super Bowls and became known as the team of the decade for the 1970s, largely on the back of their "Stunt 4-3" defense designed by Perles.

Perles returned to Michigan State University on December 3, 1982. In 12 years, he led the Spartans to two Big Ten Conference titles, seven bowl games and a victory in the 1988 Rose Bowl. The 1987 season marked the Spartans' last outright Big Ten title until 2013. During the 1987 season Perles and Michigan State beat Southern Cal twice in the same season, once in the regular season and one in the Rose Bowl.

During 1994–1995, an extensive external investigation conducted by the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. uncovered various infractions including grade tampering by an athletic department administrator. MSU president M. Peter McPherson fired Perles before the end of the 1994 season, and ordered the Spartans to forfeit their five wins for that season. Perles was found "not culpable" . Many fans and alumni believed he was treated unfairly. He later went on to be the founder of The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and is on the MSU board of trustees.

Duffy Daugherty

Main article: Duffy Daugherty

Duffy Daugherty (September 8, 1915 – September 25, 1987) replaced Biggie Munn in December 1953, following Munn's retirement to become Michigan State's athletic director. Daugherty would serve as the head coach at Michigan State University from 1954 to 1972, where he compiled a career record of 109–69–5. Duffy's 1965 and 1966 teams won national championships. Duffy's tenure of 19 seasons at the helm of the Michigan State Spartans football team is the longest of any head coach in the program's history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

During Daugherty's time in East Lansing, he recruited and coached some of the best players in Michigan State's history, including Herb Adderley, Brad Van Pelt, Bubba Smith, George Webster, and Joe DeLamielleure. He was one of the first college football coaches to field a racially integrated team.

"Biggie" Munn

Main article: Clarence Munn

Clarence Lester "Biggie" Munn (September 11, 1908 March 18, 1975) was head coach of Michigan State from (19471953). His 1951 squad and 1952 squad won national championships. Munn retired from coaching in 1953 to assume duties as Michigan State's athletic director, a position he held until 1971. Each year, the Michigan State Spartans football team hands out the "Biggie Munn Award" to the team's most motivational player. MSU's Munn Ice Arena, built in 1974, is named in his honor. Munn was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1959, and, in 1961, he became Michigan State's first inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He authored the coaching textbook Michigan State Multiple Offense in 1953.

Shortly after the Rose Bowl victory, MSU's athletic director, Ralph H. Young retired. Munn stepped down from coaching to assume duties as athletic director and remained in that position until 1971. Munn named his assistant, Duffy Daugherty, as his successor to helm the football team. During his tenure as Michigan State's head football coach, Munn tutored 17 All-Americans. His teams have retained the school's top four season marks for rushing-yards-per-game: 1948 (304.5 yards/game), 1951 (293.9 yards), 1952 (272.4), and 1950 (269.3). Munn was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959.

Head coaching records

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Conf. Record Pct. Div. Titles Conf. Titles Bowl Games National Titles Conference
No Coach 1896 1 121 .375 010 .000 0 0 0 0 MIAA
Henry Keep 18971898 2 851 .607 521 .688 0 0 0 0 MIAA
Charles Bemies 18991900 2 371 .318 130 .250 0 0 0 0 MIAA
George Denman 19011902 2 791 .441 541 .550 0 0 0 0 MIAA
Chester Brewer 19031910, 1917, 1919 10 58237 .699 1922 .833 0 2 0 0 Left MIAA in 1907
John Macklin 19111915 5 2950 .853 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0 Independent
Dutch Sommers 1916 1 421 .643 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0 Independent
George Gauthier 1918 1 430 .571 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0 Independent
George Clark 1920 1 46 .400 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0 Independent
Albert Barron 19211922 2 6102 .389 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0 Independent
Ralph H. Young 19231927 5 18221 .451 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 Independent
Harry Kipke 1928 1 341 .438 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0 Independent
Jim Crowley 19291932 4 2283 .712 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 0 Independent
Charlie Bachman 19331942, 19441946 13 703410 .658 n/a n/a n/a n/a 1 0 Independent
Clarence Munn 19471953 7 5492 .846 51 .833 n/a 1 1 2 Joined Big Ten in 1953
Duffy Daugherty 19541972 19 109695 .609 72503 .588 n/a 2 2 4 Big Ten
Denny Stolz 19731975 3 19131 .591 1491 .604 n/a 0 0 0 Big Ten
Darryl Rogers 19761979 4 24182 .568 19121 .609 n/a 1 0 0 Big Ten
Muddy Waters 19801982 3 10230 .303 8180 .308 n/a 0 0 0 Big Ten
George Perles 19831994 12 68674 .504 53422 .557 n/a 2 7 0 Big Ten
Nick Saban 19951999 5 34241 .592 23161 .589 n/a 0 3 0 Big Ten
Bobby Williams 20002002 2+ 1617 .469 615 .286 n/a 0 2 0 Big Ten
Morris Watts 2002 < 1 12 .333 12 .333 n/a 0 0 0 Big Ten
John L. Smith 20032006 4 2226 .458 1220 .375 n/a 0 1 0 Big Ten
Mark Dantonio 2007present 10 8933 .725 5220 .722 3* 3 9 0 Big Ten
Totals 1896present 119 68344144 .603 29521713 .574 3 11 26 6

* The Big Ten split into the Leaders and Legends Divisions with the addition of Nebraska for the 2011 season. Michigan State played in the Legends Division from 2011-2013. In 2014, with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the divisions were realigned and Michigan State now plays in the East Division.

Football facilities

Spartan Stadium

Spartan Stadium hosts varsity football games and other events.

Until the 1920s, the Spartans played on Old College Field just northwest of the current stadium. In the early 1920s school officials voted to construct a new stadium. The new College Field was ready in the fall of 1923 with a capacity of 14,000. In 1935 the seating capacity was increased to 26,000 and the facility was dedicated as Macklin Field. By 1957, upper decks were added to the east and west sides, boosting the capacity to 76,000. That same season Michigan State dropped the name Macklin Stadium in favor of the current name, Spartan Stadium.[9]

In 2005 the university finished a new $64 million expansion project to Spartan Stadium. It featured the addition of nearly 3,000 club seats in the "Spartan Club," 24 suites and a 193-seat press box, bringing the current stadium capacity to 75,005. The original World War II-era terracotta cast of the "The Spartan" statue was moved indoors to the atrium of the new structure to protect it from the elements and occasional vandalism, and a new bronze cast was made for outdoors. The 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) addition also houses the MSU Alumni Association, University Development and other units.[10]

The stadium boasts a capacity of 75,005, making it the Big Ten's 6th largest stadium and 23rd largest college football stadium in the country. In 2010 Spartan Stadium had the 19th highest attendance in NCAA Division I FBS.[11] Crowd noise in the stadium gets so loud that Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) uses a recording of the crowd noise during the 1959 Michigan State-Notre Dame game.[12]

For the 2007 season, the student section held approximately 13,000 fans.[13] Like the basketball student section (the Izzone), the Michigan State Student Alumni Foundation used to oversee a subgroup in the football student section named "Corner Blitz." When head coach Mark Dantonio took over the football program in 2006, "Corner Blitz" was united with the normal student section. The entire student section now receives a special T-shirt which is voted on annually.[14]

Three new video boards were installed prior to the 2012 season. The larger South LED board measures 47.2 feet (14.4 m) high by 114.8 feet (35.0 m) wide for a total of 5,412 square feet (502.8 m2). The two North LED boards measure 31.5 feet (9.6 m) high by 52.5 feet (16.0 m) wide for a total of 1,653.75 square feet (153.638 m2) each. When combined, the three boards measure 8,719.5 square feet (810.07 m2), making it the largest combined board system in the country. Also, the stadium includes a 10 feet (3.0 m) high by 450 feet (140 m) wide ribbon video board along the top of the bleachers in the north endzone, which adds another 4,500 square feet (420 m2) to make a grand total of 13,219.5 square feet (1,228.13 m2).

Duffy Daugherty Building / Skandalaris Center

In 2007 Michigan State expanded its Duffy Daugherty Football Building with a $15 million expansion and renovation project. The face-lift started with construction of the 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) Skandalaris Football Center that features new team, staff and position meeting rooms, coaches' offices, MSU football Players Lounge and The Demmer Family Hall of History. MSU alumni Robert and Julie Skandalaris of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., donated $5 million as the lead gift for the $15 million project. In 2008, weight room was increased in size from 9,000 to 16,500 square feet (1,530 m2) at a cost of $2 million. The complex includes a 86,000-square-foot (8,000 m2) indoor practice facility with a full in-door football field, two outdoor practice football fields and a training room with a rehab and hydrotherapy section. Graphics in the space were provided by Ohio-based environmental designer, Ze Design.[15]

Records, championships, and notable games

All-time record

At the completion of the 2014 season, Michigan State's all-time record is 670–439–44.

National championships

Michigan State claims a total of six national championships, three of which are consensus national championships after being declared the national champion by the AP and Coaches' Poll in 1952, the Coaches' Poll in 1965, and the National Football Foundation in 1966.[16]

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl
1951 Clarence "Biggie" Munn Billingsley, Helms, Poling 90
1952 Clarence "Biggie" Munn AP Poll, Coaches' Poll, Helms, NCF, UPI 90
1955 Duffy Daugherty Boand 91 Won Rose
1957 Duffy Daugherty Dunkel 81
1965 Duffy Daugherty UPI, FWAA, Helms 101 Lost Rose
1966 Duffy Daugherty Helms, NFF, CFRA 901
Total National Titles 6

Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1903 MIAA Chester Brewer 6–1–1 3–1
1905* MIAA Chester Brewer 9–2 4–0
1953 Big Ten Clarence Munn 9–1 5–1
1965 Big Ten Duffy Daugherty 10–1 7–0
1966 Big Ten Duffy Daugherty 9–0–1 7–0
1978* Big Ten Darryl Rogers 8–3 7–1
1987 Big Ten George Perles 9–2–1 7–0–1
1990* Big Ten George Perles 8–3–1 6–2
2010* Big Ten Mark Dantonio 11–2 7–1
2013 Big Ten Mark Dantonio 13–1 8–0
2015 Big Ten Mark Dantonio 12–2 7–1
Conference Titles 9 Big Ten, 2 MIAA

* Denotes co-champions

Divisional championships

Date Division Big Ten CG Result Opponent PF PA
December 3, 2011 Big Ten Legends L Wisconsin 39 42
December 7, 2013 Big Ten Legends W Ohio State 34 24
December 5, 2015 Big Ten East W Iowa 16 13
Divisional Titles 3

Bowl games

The following are bowl game results for Michigan State football:[17]

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1938 Orange L Auburn 0 6
January 1, 1954 Rose W UCLA 28 20
January 2, 1956 Rose W UCLA 17 14
January 1, 1966 Rose L UCLA 12 14
December 22, 1984 Cherry L Army 6 10
December 31, 1985 Hall of Fame Classic L Georgia Tech 14 17
January 1, 1988 Rose W USC 20 17
January 1, 1989 Gator L Georgia 27 34
December 25, 1989 Aloha W Hawaii 33 13
December 31, 1990 John Hancock W USC 17 16
December 28, 1993 Liberty L Louisville 7 18
December 29, 1995 Independence L LSU 26 45
December 31, 1996 Sun L Stanford 0 38
December 25, 1997 Aloha L Washington 23 51
January 1, 2000 Citrus W Florida 37 34
December 31, 2001 Silicon Valley Classic W Fresno State 44 35
December 29, 2003 Alamo L Nebraska 3 17
December 28, 2007 Champs Sports L Boston College 21 24
January 1, 2009 Capital One L Georgia 12 24
January 2, 2010 Alamo L Texas Tech 31 41
January 1, 2011 Capital One[18] L Alabama 7 49
January 2, 2012 Outback W Georgia 33 30
December 29, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings W TCU 17 16
January 1, 2014 Rose W Stanford 24 20
January 1, 2015 Cotton W Baylor 42 41
December 31, 2015 Cotton (CFP Semifinal) L Alabama 0 38
Total 26 Bowl Games 11-15 501 644

Record by bowl game

Bowl Game # W L %
Alamo Bowl 2 0 2 .000
Aloha Bowl 2 1 1 .500
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 1 1 0 1.000
Champs Sports Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Cherry Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Citrus Bowl 3 1 2 .333
Cotton Bowl 2 1 1 .500
Gator Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Hall of Fame Classic 1 0 1 .000
Independence Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Liberty Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Orange Bowl 1 0 1 .000
Outback Bowl 1 1 0 1.000
Rose Bowl 5 4 1 .800
Silicon Valley Classic 1 1 0 1.000
Sun Bowl 2 1 1 .500


The Megaphone Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the football game between the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. The rivalry includes games such as the Game of the Century, arguably the greatest college football game ever played. Notre Dame leads the series 48–29–1. The Megaphone Trophy series record is 34–27–1 in favor of Notre Dame. Michigan State currently holds the trophy after a 36-28 win in South Bend in 2016, which is the last time these teams have played in the series.
The Old Brass Spittoon is presented to the winner of the Indiana–Michigan State football game which was first presented in 1950. Michigan State currently leads the all-time trophy series 45–12–1. After facing each other in one of the so-called protected cross-division rivalry games from 2011 to 2013, MSU and Indiana will continue to face off each year as members of the Big Ten East division starting with the 2014 season. The Spartans held onto the Old Brass Spittoon from 2007 to 2015, but lost it in 2016 with a 24-21 OT lost in Bloomington.
The Paul Bunyan-Governor of Michigan Trophy is a college rivalry trophy awarded to the winner of the annual American football game between the Michigan State University Spartans and University of Michigan Wolverines. The winner takes possession of the trophy until the next year's game. Michigan leads the trophy series 36-26-2, dating back to 1953, and the overall series record between the two is 68-35-5 in favor of Michigan. Michigan won the 2016 contest, having lost 7 of the prior 8 meetings between the schools. [19]
The Land Grant Trophy is named so because Penn State University and Michigan State University are the nation's oldest land-grant universities, both founded in 1855 (Michigan State on February 12 and Penn State on February 22). When Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in 1993, the Nittany Lions and Spartans have played each other for the trophy in the last week of conference play until the 2010 season. The trophy, designed by former Michigan State coach George Perles, features pictures of Penn State's Old Main and Michigan State's Beaumont Tower. The series is tied 14–14–1. After spending the 2011 to 2013 seasons in opposite Big Ten conference divisions, MSU and PSU resumed playing each other annually for the trophy in 2014.[20] Michigan State is the current holder of the Land Grant Trophy after beating Penn State 55-16 in East Lansing, MI on November 28, 2015.

Historic games

Game of the Century

The "Game of the Century" (1966 version)
1234 Total
Notre Dame 0703 10
Michigan State 7300 10
Date November 19, 1966
Season 1966
Stadium Spartan Stadium
Location East Lansing, Michigan

The 1966 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame football game ("The Game of the Century") remains one of the greatest, and most controversial, games in college football history.[21] The game was played in Michigan State's Spartan Stadium on November 19, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 90 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame entered the contest 80 and ranked #1. Notre Dame elected not to try for the end zone on the final series, thus the game ended in a 1010 tie with both schools recording national championships.[22][23]

Irish quarterback Terry Hanratty was knocked out after getting sacked in the first quarter by Spartan defensive lineman Bubba Smith. Starting Notre Dame running back Nick Eddy was out entirely after hurting his shoulder getting off the train in East Lansing. Michigan State held a 10-0 lead by early in the second quarter. But the Irish came back, scoring a touchdown right after Michigan State's field goal and tied the game on the first play of the fourth quarter. Notre Dame had the ball on its own 30-yard line with 1:10 to go, needing about 40 yards for a game-winning field goal. But Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian chose to run the clock out, not wanting to risk a turnover, preserving the tie and Notre Dame's #1 ranking. The game ended in a 10-10 tie.

Notre Dame beat Rose Bowl bound USC 51-0 in Los Angeles the next week, completing an undefeated regular season and moving them to #1 in both polls. The Irish did not accept bowl bids until 1969, and Michigan State was the victim of a pair of Big Ten rules that would be rescinded a few years later: The same school could not represent the league in the Rose Bowl in back-to-back seasons, and only the league Champions could accept a bowl bid, unless they refused the Rose Bowl bid or, because it was on probation, were prohibited from accepting the bid, which, in either case, would then go to the second-place team. So despite being Big Ten Champions and undefeated in the regular season, in each case for two seasons in a row, the Spartans could not play in the Rose Bowl.

For nearly 50 years, Parseghian has defended his end-of-the-game strategy, which left many fans feeling disappointed at the game not having some sort of resolution. College football expert Dan Jenkins lead off his article for Sports Illustrated by saying Parseghian chose to "Tie one for the Gipper." Others chided Notre Dame by calling them the "Tying Irish" instead of the "Fighting Irish."

Interestingly enough, the game was not shown live on national TV. Each team was allotted one national television appearance and two regional television appearances each season. Notre Dame had used their national TV slot in the season opening game against Purdue. ABC executives did not even want to show the game anywhere but the regional area, but pressure from the West Coast and the South (to the tune of 50,000 letters) made ABC air the game on tape delay.

The Sporting News named the 1966 Fighting Irish and 1965-66 Spartans the eleventh and thirteenth greatest teams of the 20th Century respectively.

Awards Individual awards and honors

National award winners



Big Ten Conference honors

List of Consensus All-Americans

Player Position Years
Neno DaPratoB1915
Sidney WagnerL1935
Ed BagdonL1949
Don ColemanL1951
Bob CareyE1951
Don DohoneyE1953
Earl MorrallB1955
Norm MastersL1955
Walt KowalczykB1957
Dan CurrieL1957
Sam WilliamsE1958
George SaimesB1962
Sherman LewisB1963
Bubba SmithDL1965, 1966
George WebsterDB1965, 1966
Clinton JonesB1966
Brad Van PeltDB1972
Lorenzo WhiteRB1985, 1987
Tony MandarichOL1988
Percy SnowLB1989
Bob KulaOL1989
Charles RogersWR2002
Brandon FieldsP2004
Javon RingerRB2008
Greg JonesLB2009, 2010
Jerel WorthyDL2011
Darqueze DennardDB2013
Total 31

Team Honors

Retired numbers

Michigan State Spartans retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Year Retired
26 Clinton Jones RB 1964-1966 2015
46 John Hannah 1 - - 1969
48 Percy Snow LB 1986-1989 2013
78 Don Coleman T 1949-1951 1951
90 George Webster LB 1964-1966 1967
95 Charles "Bubba" Smith DE 1964-1966 2006

1 Although Hannah did not play for the Spartans, the University retired #46 as a recognition to his 46 years of service to the institution.[25]

Michigan State's All-Time Team

Chosen in 2001 by Athlon Sports[26]


WR: Gene Washington 1964–66
WR: Andre Rison 1985–88
TE: Billy Joe DuPree 1970–72
E: Robert Carey 1949–51
OL: Sid Wagner 1933–35
OL: Don Coleman 1949–51
OL: Ed Bagdon 1946-49
OL: Ed Budde 1960–62
OL: Tony Mandarich 1985–88
OL: Flozell Adams 1994–97
QB: Earl Morrall 1953–55
QB: Steve Juday 1963–65
RB: John Pingel 1936–38
RB: Sonny Grandelius 1948–50
RB: Lorenzo White 1984–87
K: Morten Andersen 1978–81


DL: Blake Miller 1912–15
DL: Ed Bagdon 1946–49
DL: Bubba Smith 1964–66
DL: Larry Bethea 1974–77
LB: Dan Bass 1976–79
LB: Carl Banks 1980–83
LB: Percy Snow 1986–89
LB: Julian Peterson 1998–99
DB: Lynn Chandnois 1946–49
DB: George Saimes 1960–62
DB: George Webster 1964–66
DB: Brad Van Pelt 1970–72
P: Greg Montgomery 1985–87

Hall of Fame


Michigan State alumni and coaching inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame include:

Professional (United States)

Michigan State alumni inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame include:

Professional (Canada)

Michigan State alumni inductees to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame include:

Rose Bowl

Michigan State alumni inductees to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame include:

Notable players

Current NFL players

The following former players are in the NFL.

Former NFL players

Future opponents


Big Ten East-division opponents

Michigan State plays the other six Big Ten East opponents once per season.

Even Numbered Years Odd Number Years
vs Michigan at Michigan
vs Ohio State at Ohio State
vs Rutgers at Rutgers
at Penn State vs Penn State
at Indiana vs Indiana
at Maryland vs Maryland

Big Ten West-division opponents

Year Illinois Iowa Minnesota Nebraska Northwestern Purdue Wisconsin

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of January 15, 2015[29]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
vs Bowling Green at Arizona State vs Western Michigan at BYU at Miami (FL) at Boise State vs Boise State Notre Dame (site TBA) Notre Dame (site TBA)
vs Western Michigan vs Central Michigan vs Arizona State vs Miami (FL)
vs Notre Dame


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