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1961 Michigan State Spartans Roster

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Record: 7-2, .778 W-L% (13th of 111) ▪ Rank: 8th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 5-2 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Duffy Daugherty (7-2)

PS/G: 21.3 (24th of 111) ▪ PA/G: 5.6 (4th of 111)
SRS: 20.05 (5th of 111) ▪ SOS: 7.38 (20th of 111)


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

Player Class Pos Summary
Pete Smith* QB 42 Cmp, 94 Att, 630 Yds, 5 TD
Dick Proebstle QB 7 Cmp, 18 Att, 120 Yds, 0 TD
Sherman Lewis* RB 64 Att, 399 Yds, 6.2 Avg
Dewey Lincoln* RB 72 Att, 374 Yds, 5.2 Avg
George Saimes* RB 82 Att, 451 Yds, 5.5 Avg
Gary Ballman RB 50 Att, 276 Yds, 5.5 Avg
Carl Charon RB 27 Att, 151 Yds, 5.6 Avg
Ron Hatcher RB 42 Att, 149 Yds, 3.5 Avg
Herman Johnson RB 26 Att, 82 Yds, 3.2 Avg
Earl Lattimer RB 20 Att, 92 Yds, 4.6 Avg
Roger Lopes RB 24 Att, 81 Yds, 3.4 Avg
Ron Rubick RB 18 Att, 98 Yds, 5.4 Avg
Arthur Brandstatter* WR 10 Rec, 134 Yds, 13.4 Avg
Lonnie Sanders* WR 15 Rec, 247 Yds, 16.5 Avg
Ernie Clark WR
Matt Snorton WR 5 Rec, 126 Yds, 25.2 Avg
Dave Behrman* OL
Charles Brown* OL
Ed Budde* OL
Pete Kakela* OL
Dave Manders* OL
George Azar OL
Dave Herman OL
Jim Kanicki OL
Tony Kumiega OL
Don Stewart P