MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 2 Lorenzo White

This is the 49th 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. 2 – Lorenzo White

Running back, 1984-87, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The skinny: White remains the standard to which all other MSU running backs are measured. He is the program’s career leader in rushing yards — the Holy Grail of production through statistics — with 4,887. He also carried more than anyone before him or since, with 1,082 attempts, 419 in his sophomore season alone when he rushed for 2,066 yards. He is the only MSU back ever to eclipse that lofty single-season milestone and was the first Big Ten rusher to do so. – Read more at

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