MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 33 B.J. Cunningham

This is the 18th 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. 33 – B.J. Cunningham

Wide receiver, 2008-11, Westerville, Ohio.

The skinny: Cunningham’s national accolades and pro career never paralleled who he was as a college receiver — a strong and savvy target, the most productive over four years of any in Spartan history. Cunningham is MSU’s all-time leading receiver with 218 career catches, 70 more than second-place Matt Trannon, despite not playing in a gimmick spread offense. Cunningham has more career receiving yards (3,086) than Andre Rison, Charles Rogers, Kirk Gibson, Courtney Hawkins and Plaxico Burress — Nos. 2 through 6 on MSU’s all-time list — all of whom were more heralded and, by NFL standards, talented. – Read more at

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