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1956 Michigan State Spartans Roster

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Record: 7-2, .778 W-L% (15th of 111) ▪ Rank: 9th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 4-2 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Duffy Daugherty (7-2)

PS/G: 26.6 (7th of 111) ▪ PA/G: 9.7 (21st of 111)
SRS: 18.97 (8th of 111) ▪ SOS: 6.86 (34th of 111)


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Pat Wilson* QB 20 Cmp, 39 Att, 414 Yds, 1 TD
Jim Ninowski QB 13 Cmp, 31 Att, 237 Yds, 4 TD
Mike Panitch QB 11 Cmp, 18 Att, 137 Yds, 2 TD
Don Gilbert* RB 48 Att, 260 Yds, 5.4 Avg
Walt Kowalczyk* RB 42 Att, 128 Yds, 3.0 Avg
Clarence Peaks* RB 52 Att, 235 Yds, 4.5 Avg
Donald Arend RB 29 Att, 208 Yds, 7.2 Avg
Jim Chidester RB 4 Att, 13 Yds, 3.3 Avg
Rudy Gaddini RB 4 Att, 17 Yds, 4.3 Avg
Bob Handloser RB 24 Att, 140 Yds, 5.8 Avg
Art Johnson RB 24 Att, 108 Yds, 4.5 Avg
Blanche Martin RB 37 Att, 134 Yds, 3.6 Avg
Dennis Mendyk RB 85 Att, 495 Yds, 5.8 Avg
Jim Wulff RB 34 Att, 123 Yds, 3.6 Avg
Vic Zucco RB 15 Att, 145 Yds, 9.7 Avg
Dave Kaiser* WR 1 Rec, 14 Yds, 14.0 Avg
Tony Kolodziej* WR 7 Rec, 221 Yds, 31.6 Avg
Harold Dukes WR 5 Rec, 105 Yds, 21.0 Avg
Larry Harding WR 3 Rec, 72 Yds, 24.0 Avg
Jim Hinesly WR 9 Rec, 131 Yds, 14.6 Avg
Sam Williams WR 2 Rec, 59 Yds, 29.5 Avg
Pat Burke* OL
Dan Currie* OL
Ellison Kelly* OL
John Matsko* OL
Tom Saidock* OL
Don Berger OL
Archie Matsos OL
Fran O'Brien OL
Robert Popp DB
Don Zysk DB