MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 23 Clinton Jones

This is the 28th 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. 23 – Clinton Jones

Halfback, 1964-66, Cleveland

The skinny: Jones is among the few running backs of yesteryear who might have excelled in modern times. In December, he’ll be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, one of only eight Spartans to be enshrined. Jones was a two-time All-American and twice first-team All-Big Ten (in 1965 and ’66), and the first of only five MSU backs to lead the Big Ten in rushing in a given season. His 11 touchdowns in ’65 were also a league best. Jones paced the Spartans on the ground as both a junior and senior, with 787 and 784 yards, respectively. As a junior, he also finished second on the team with 26 receptions. – Read more at

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