MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 37 Eric Allen

This is the 14th 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. 37 – Eric Allen

Halfback, 1969-71, Georgetown, S.C.

The skinny: On Oct. 30, 1971 at Purdue, Allen put together the most prolific rushing performance in MSU football history — a then-NCAA record 350 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. The electrifying 5-foot-9, 160-pound scat back dodged and weaved his for 1,494 yards that season, which remained an MSU record until Lorenzo White’s 2,000-yard season in 1985. Allen’s 18 touchdowns in ’71 were an MSU record until Blake Ezor’s 19 in 1989. – Read more at

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