MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 21 Lynn Chandnois

This is the 30th 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. 21 – Lynn Chandnois

Halfback / defensive back, 1946-49, Flint

The skinny: Chandnois’ numbers at MSU stand out nearly 70 years later. He was recognized as an All-American at both halfback and defensive back as a senior in 1949, rushing for a school-record 885 yards on 129 carries and intercepting seven passes, while playing 55 or more minutes in six games, including the full 60 in two. Chandnois’ 20 career interceptions remain an MSU record (next is Todd Krumm with 18), as are his 410 interception return yards (ahead of Brad Van Pelt, 268). His 90-yard touchdown run against Arizona in the 1949 season finale is still the longest rushing touchdown in Spartan history. – Read more at

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