MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 30 Sedrick Irvin

This is the 21st 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. 30 – Sedrick Irvin

Running back, 1996-98, Miami, Fla.

The skinny: In Nick Saban’s second year as MSU’s coach, Swervin’ Sedrick Irvin brought swagger and immediate production to a program that needed it. He scored four touchdowns in his first game and 16 in his freshman season, and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in all three of his seasons at MSU, sometimes juking defenders twice to make up for average speed. Irvin also caught 108 passes as a Spartan — 40 in both his freshman and sophomore seasons — and remains perhaps the best receiving tailback ever to play in East Lansing. Statistically, he is. – Read more at

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