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1952 Michigan State Spartans football team

The 1952 Michigan State Spartans football team represented Michigan State College in the 1952 college football season.[1][2] The Spartans were led by head coach Clarence "Biggie" Munn and recorded a perfect 9–0. The team was selected national champion by AP, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Litkenhous, NCF, Sagarin, UPI/coaches, and Williamson,[3]:113 marking the school's first Consensus National Championship.[3]:120 Five additional major selectors chose Georgia Tech as national champion. This was Michigan State's last year as an Independent, as MSU would join the Big Ten the following year.

1952 Michigan State Spartans football
Consensus national champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1952 record9–0
Head coachBiggie Munn (6th season)
Home stadiumMacklin Stadium
(Capacity: 51,000)
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 27at MichiganNo. 1W 27–1397,239
October 4at Oregon StateNo. 1W 17–1422,595
October 11Texas A&MNo. 2W 48–649,123
October 18SyracuseNo. 1
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 48–738,254
October 25Penn StateNo. 1
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI (rivalry)
W 34–751,162
November 1at PurdueNo. 1W 14–749,500
November 8at IndianaNo. 1W 41–1422,000
November 15Notre DameNo. 1
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI (rivalry)
W 21–352,472
November 22MarquetteNo. 1
  • Macklin Stadium
  • East Lansing, MI
W 62–1335,845
Schedule Source:[4]

RosterEdit

1952 Michigan State Spartans football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL Frank Kush
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Paul Dekker End 3 27 Washington Redskins
Dick Tamburo Center 4 47 Cleveland Browns
Ed Timmerman Back 14 160 Washington Redskins
Jim Ellis Back 25 299 Cleveland Browns

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Michigan State University. pp. 146, 154. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "1952 Michigan State Spartans Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Football Statistics Summary for 1952". msuspartans.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "1953 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013.