MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 18 Sherm Lewis

This is the 33rd 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. 18 – Sherm Lewis

Halfback / defensive back, 1961-63, Louisville, Ky.

The skinny: In 1963, Lewis finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting as a first-team All-American halfback. He rushed for 577 yards averaging 6.4 yards per carry and caught 11 passes (also a team high) for 303 yards, averaging nearly 28 yards per catch. And yet the Spartans couldn’t spare a minute for him to breathe on defense, either. As the story goes, in an early season game at USC, MSU’s coaches took Lewis out for two plays. The Trojans scored on both of them and beat MSU 13-10. Lewis, at 5-foot-9 and 154 pounds, averaged 58.5 minutes per game as a senior. – Read more at

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