MSU top 50 football players: No. 40 Jack Conklin

This is the 11th 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. 40 – Jack Conklin

Offensive tackle, 2013-present, Plainwell

The skinny: If it were a year or two later, Conklin might be in the top 10 on this countdown. Even mid-career, he is one of the more physically dominant and important offensive lineman in MSU history. Conklin has allowed just two sacks in his two seasons protecting quarterback Connor Cook’s blind side — two seasons that’ve altered the trajectory and status of the Spartan football program. Without the surprising and rapid development of this unheralded former walk-on lineman, Cook isn’t the quarterback he’s become and MSU isn’t coming off two straight top-five finishes. – Read more at

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