In the next installment of “Top 10 Players in MSU History,” isportsweb switches to the defensive side of the ball. First up, we have the secondary. This list is comprised of the best defensive backs and safeties in the history of MSU football. Check out the list below, and let me know what you think!
10. Bill Simpson-DB-(1971-1973)
The former MSU defensive back,, and punter recorded 12 interceptions in three seasons in East Lansing, which ranks seventh in school history. Simpson was drafted in the second-round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the L.A. Rams.
9. John Poloncak-DB-(1946-1949)
Poloncak ranks 10th on the MSU interception list with 10, and ranks seventh on the interception return yard list with 189 yards in his four-year career.
8. Johnny Adams-DB-(2008- Present)
The current star DB on the MSU roster, Adams has been projected to be the first corner selected in the 2013 NFL Draft by some draft analysts. Adams, who has one more season left at MSU, has already put himself in the books as one of the best corners in school history. He currently is tied for 20th on the interception list with 8, and is fourth on interception return yards list with 219 yards. Also, Adams is tied for first on the interception return for touchdown list with two in his career thus far.
7. Jesse Thomas- DB- (1948-1950)
The three-year defensive back put together very good numbers in his career at MSU. Thomas ranks seventh on the interception list with 12 in his career, also, he ranks fifth on the interception return yards list with 212.
6. Phil Parker-DB- (1982-1985)
Parker, the current defensive coordinator at Iowa, was one hell of a player during his time at MSU. Parker ranks third on both the interception list and interception return yards list with 16 interceptions for 267 yards. Parker earned first team all-Big Ten honors in 1983, 1984, and 1985. He was named defensive MVP at MSU in 1983 and 1985, and was invited to the Hula Bowl after his senior season.
5. John Miller-S-(1985-1988)
John Miller ranks fourth on the school’s interception list with 14 in his four-year career. Miller may be known for his amazing game against that team in Ann Arbor in 1987, where he grabbed four of the team’s seven interceptions.
4. Otis Wiley-S-(2005-2008)
Representing for Flint Carman-Ainsworth , shout-out to the class of 2010, Otis Wiley had an amazing career at Michigan State. The Flint native ranks 12th in interceptions with nine for his career, and he is tied for first in school history with interceptions returned for touchdowns having two under his belt. Wiley had 22 pass breakups in his career which ranks 13th, and he ranks fifth with five forced fumbles in his career.
3. Todd Krumm-S-(1984-1987)
Krumm was an interception machine during his time as a Spartan. Krumm ranks second all-time on the career interception list with 18 in his career. During the 1987 season, Krumm set the single-season record for interceptions with nine. He also ranks 14th all-time with 21 pass breakups.
2. Brad Van Pelt-DB-(1970-1972)
Van Pelt ranks fourth all-time on MSU’s career interception list with 14, and he ranks second all-time on career interception return yards with 268 yards. Van Pelt was a two time All-American in1971 and 1972, and became the first ever defensive back to win the Maxwell Award, given to the nations best player. While in the NFL, he was named to the Pro Bowl five different times while playing for the New York Giants.
1. Lynn Chandnois-DB-(1946-1949)
Lynn Chandnois, another Flint native, tops the list of best secondary players in MSU history. Chandnois is considered one of the best two-way players in the history of college football, as he played both DB and RB for the Spartans. He is the Spartans career leader in interceptions with 20, and leader in interception return yards with 410. Chandnois was MSU’s MVP in 1948, and he was named an All-American in 1949. In 1950 he was named the Michigan Outstanding Amateur Athlete of the Year. Chandnois was drafted in the first-round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.