MSU top 50 football players: No. 42 Billy Joe DuPree

This is the ninth in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.

No. 42 – Billy Joe DuPree

Tight end, 1970-72, West Monroe, La.

The skinny: DuPree is considered the greatest tight end ever to play at MSU. He was ahead of his time or simply around MSU at the wrong time. College football underutilized supreme talents like DuPree in his day and in the early 1970s, the Spartans didn’t have a gifted quarterback or any other threats in the passing game. In a run-oriented offense, DuPree was still an All-American as a senior in 1972. He caught 69 passes in three seasons — third-most on MSU’s career list at the time — for 1,222 yards. He is the last tight end to lead MSU in receiving, doing so in each of his final two seasons. – Read more at

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