MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 4 Charles Rogers

This is the 47th 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. 4 – Charles Rogers

Wide reciever, 2001-02, Saginaw

The skinny: In a program decorated by notable receivers, Rogers stands out. For two seasons, he was better than any wideout to come before him at MSU. In 2002, Rogers won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver — the first Spartan to do so. He was a consensus All-American that year on a 4-8 football team. He broke the school records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches in each of his seasons in East Lansing, with 67 and 68 catches, 1,470 and 1,351 yards, and 14 and 13 touchdowns, respectively, passing Plaxico Burress in all three categories. He remains MSU’s leader in career touchdown receptions and is second all-time in yards per catch at 20.9. – Read more at

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