MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 15 Dan Bass

This is the 36th 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. 15 – Dan Bass

Linebacker, 1975-78, Bath

The skinny: Bass’ MSU program records for career and single-game tackles will likely never be touched. His 541 tackles over four seasons are comfortably ahead of No. 2 Percy Snow (473). His 32 tackles against Ohio State in 1979 also remains the standard at MSU, as does his 99-yard interception return against Wisconsin in 1978. Bass and Greg Jones are the only players to lead the Spartans in tackles four consecutive seasons. Bass’ career in East Lansing, despite his statistical dominance, is underrated. That’s in part because he played on teams known for prolific offense (and sometimes not much defense) and because he wasn’t as physically imposing as several of MSU’s other great linebackers. – Read more at

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