MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 38 Walt Kowalczyk

This is the 13th 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. 38 – Walt Kowalczyk

Halfback, 1955-57, Westfield, Mass.

The skinny: No MSU player has ever finished higher in the Heisman Trophy balloting than Kowalczyk’s third place in 1957. The “Sprinting Blacksmith” carried 101 times for 545 yards and a Big Ten-best nine touchdowns that season, leading MSU to an 8-1 record and a No. 3 ranking in the Associated Press poll. – Read more at

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