MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 6 Andre Rison

This is the 45th 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. 6 – Andre Rison

Wide receiver, 1985-88, Flint

The skinny: There are those who are convinced Rison would have won a Heisman Trophy, if only he had played for a program that valued the forward pass. When given the opportunity, Rison was electrifying, with perhaps with the best set of hands ever to come through East Lansing. Despite being underutilized, he remains fourth on MSU’s career receptions list (146), second in receiving yards (2,992) and tied for fourth in touchdown catches (20). As a senior in 1988, Rison earned All-American honors while catching a modest 39 passes — for 961 yards. He fell only five yards short of his own school record for receiving yards — set with a school-record 54 catches as sophomore — by averaging 24.6 yards per catch, still second only to Gene Washington’s yards-per-catch average in 1966. – Read more at

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