MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 34 Earl Morrall

This is the 17th 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. 34 – Earl Morrall

Quarterback, 1953-55, Muskegon

The skinny: Morrall’s 1955 season was the first in MSU history to draw significant national buzz. In the Spartans’ third Big Ten season, Morrall finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting, leading MSU to a 9-1 season, including a Rose Bowl victory, and a No. 2 final ranking in the Associated Press poll. – Read more at

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