MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 17 Julian Peterson

This is the 34th 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. 17 – Julian Peterson

Linebacker / defensive end, 1998-99, Hillcrest Heights, Md.

The skinny: Peterson left his mark on MSU’s defensive record book during two memorable seasons. His 48 career tackles for loss are a program record, as are his 30 in 1999 alone. Peterson’s 25 career sacks and 15 in 1999 are both second-most in Spartan football history, behind only the sack totals of Larry Bethea. – Read more at LSJ.com

Previously in Graham’s Countdown…
No. 18: Sherm Lewis
No. 19: Plaxico Burress
No. 20: T.J. Duckett
No. 21: Lynn Chandnois
No. 22: Le’Veon Bell
No. 23: Clinton Jones
No. 24: Max Bullough
No. 25: Blake Ezor
No. 26: Flozell Adams
No. 27: Larry Bethea
No. 28: Tico Duckett
No. 29: Carl Banks
No. 30: Sedrick Irvin
No. 31: Jeremy Langford
No. 32: Dan Currie
No. 33: B.J. Cunningham
No. 34: Earl Morrall
No. 35: Joe DeLamielleure
No. 36: Ed Budde
No. 37: Eric Allen
No. 38: Walt Kowalczyk
No. 39: Charlie Thornhill
No. 40: Jack Conklin
No. 41: John Pingel
No. 42: Billy Joe DuPree
No. 43: Trae Waynes
No. 44: George Saimes
No. 45: Greg Jones
No. 46: Ed Smith
No. 47: Bob Apisa
No. 48: Derrick Mason
No. 49: Ed Bagdon
No. 50: Denicos Allen

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