MSU’s top 50 players: No. 29 Carl Banks

This is the 22nd 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. 29 – Carl Banks

Linebacker, 1980-83, Flint

The skinny: No Spartan great has ever starred in a more fruitless era of MSU football. His career encompassed Muddy Waters’ entire tenure as coach and George Perles’ first season. Banks’ record at MSU: 14-24-1. On losing teams, he was respected and feared by opponents. – Read more at

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