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Michigan State Spartans Passing

Location: East Lansing, Michigan ▪ Colors: Green & White
Stadium: Spartan Stadium (cap. 75,005)
Record*: 90 Years, 545-357-30, .601 W-L% (Major School)
*W-L-T adjusted to 540-362-30 by NCAA.

Conferences: Big Ten and Ind
Conference Champion: 7 Times
Bowls: 23 Bowls, 9-14, .391 W-L% (Major Bowls)

Ranked in AP Poll: 28 Times (Preseason), 24 Times (Final), 358 Weeks (Total)

  • Players sorted by passing yards.
  • An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.
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Since 1956

Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
1 Kirk Cousins* 723 1128 64.1 9131 8.1 8.1 66 30 146.1 111 -127 -1.1 1
2 Jeff Smoker* 685 1150 59.6 8932 7.8 7.3 61 39 135.5 255 -218 -0.9 7
3 Drew Stanton* 543 846 64.2 6524 7.7 7.2 42 28 138.7 332 1512 4.6 15
4 Brian Hoyer* 500 896 55.8 6159 6.9 6.5 35 23 121.3 105 -229 -2.2 2
5 Dave Yarema* 464 767 60.5 5809 7.6 6.8 44 33 134.4 193 -540 -2.8 2
6 Connor Cook* 420 720 58.3 5749 8.0 8.4 45 13 142.4 118 142 1.2 3
7 Ed Smith 418 789 53.0 5706 7.2 6.5 43 32 123.6 86 -150 -1.7 2
8 Bill Burke* 416 766 54.3 5463 7.1 6.5 46 31 125.9 143 -529 -3.7 1
9 Jim Miller* 467 746 62.6 5037 6.8 5.5 17 29 119.1 129 -289 -2.2 0
10 Todd Schultz* 360 593 60.7 4273 7.2 5.6 27 33 125.1 55 -161 -2.9 4
11 Tony Banks* 301 496 60.7 4129 8.3 7.2 20 21 135.5 139 -24 -0.2 3
12 John Leister 313 686 45.6 3999 5.8 4.1 20 35 94.0 144 74 0.5 2
13 Dan Enos* 297 478 62.1 3837 8.0 6.2 13 25 128.1 245 464 1.9 14
14 Bobby McAllister* 194 386 50.3 3194 8.3 7.3 17 16 126.0 297 677 2.3 7
15 Andrew Maxwell* 278 530 52.5 3014 5.7 5.5 14 9 105.5 50 -132 -2.6 0
16 Bryan Clark 204 409 49.9 2725 6.7 5.4 20 20 112.2 104 30 0.3 1
17 Steve Juday* 204 402 50.7 2656 6.6 4.6 21 27 110.1 156 11 0.1 6
18 Charles Baggett 128 287 44.6 2335 8.1 4.4 14 30 108.1 406 1706 4.2 21
19 Damon Dowdell* 192 347 55.3 2170 6.3 5.6 16 12 116.2 83 146 1.8 4
20 Ryan Van Dyke* 161 288 55.9 2111 7.3 6.1 14 14 123.8 76 -152 -2.0 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
21 Mike Rasmussen 123 287 42.9 1986 6.9 4.9 12 18 102.2 149 222 1.5 0
22 Jimmy Raye* 107 236 45.3 1733 7.3 5.2 15 18 112.7 244 929 3.8 9
23 Bill Triplett 85 210 40.5 1439 6.9 3.4 11 21 95.3 269 788 2.9 11
24 Bert Vaughn 97 204 47.5 1331 6.5 5.1 8 10 105.5 40 -176 -4.4 0
25 Tom Wilson 65 162 40.1 1017 6.3 3.4 8 14 91.9 80 136 1.7 2
26 Jim Ninowski 58 110 52.7 955 8.7 8.0 10 6 144.7 55 -44 -0.8 0
27 Dean Look 57 121 47.1 924 7.6 7.1 10 6 128.6 198 649 3.3 6
28 Pete Smith 64 153 41.8 920 6.0 3.4 9 13 94.8 44 -159 -3.6 0
29 Bill Feraco 70 142 49.3 904 6.4 3.8 2 9 94.7 108 109 1.0 9
30 Clark Brown* 82 142 57.7 837 5.9 3.6 4 9 103.9 40 0 0.0 0
31 Keith Nichol* 53 98 54.1 826 8.4 8.9 9 3 149.1 26 137 5.3 1
32 Keith Nichol* 53 98 54.1 826 8.4 8.9 9 3 149.1 26 137 5.3 1
33 Marshall Lawson 49 101 48.5 684 6.8 6.2 4 3 112.5 61 85 1.4 0
34 George Mihaiu 57 137 41.6 684 5.0 2.4 0 8 71.9 159 560 3.5 2
35 Mike Panitch 46 88 52.3 654 7.4 6.0 7 6 127.3 88 227 2.6 4
36 Gus Ornstein* 42 74 56.8 502 6.8 5.2 3 4 116.3 19 -100 -5.3 0
37 Dan Werner 27 66 40.9 475 7.2 2.7 1 7 85.2 14 -26 -1.9 0
38 Frank Kolch 27 62 43.5 462 7.5 4.1 3 6 102.8 42 60 1.4 2
39 Pat Wilson 20 39 51.3 414 10.6 10.0 1 1 143.8 40 125 3.1 4
40 Bret Johnson 32 68 47.1 413 6.1 5.0 3 3 103.8 28 63 2.3 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
41 Stephen Reaves 23 58 39.7 331 5.7 2.5 2 5 81.7 6 -5 -0.8 0
42 Mark Niesen 15 59 25.4 280 4.7 -0.3 3 8 54.9 105 467 4.4 4
43 Tyler O'Connor 21 30 70.0 241 8.0 7.9 2 1 152.8 14 46 3.3 2
44 Larry Bielat 20 48 41.7 224 4.7 1.8 2 4 78.0 10 -32 -3.2 1
45 G.H. Montgomery 11 35 31.4 217 6.2 5.5 1 1 87.2 16 20 1.3 1
46 Dick Proebstle 16 44 36.4 207 4.7 0.5 2 5 68.2 41 85 2.1 3
47 Rick Kolb 20 40 50.0 186 4.7 3.4 2 2 95.6 10 -36 -3.6 0
48 Roger Hailey 15 31 48.4 186 6.0 0.2 0 4 73.0 4 -26 -6.5 0
49 Mill Coleman* 16 34 47.1 175 5.1 2.5 0 2 78.5 46 177 3.8 4
50 Dave McCormick 8 30 26.7 159 5.3 -1.5 1 5 48.9 33 111 3.4 0
51 Keshawn Martin* 8 9 88.9 158 17.6 22.0 2 0 309.7 64 540 8.4 3
52 Ty Willingham 10 26 38.5 124 4.8 -1.4 1 4 60.4 45 30 0.7 1
53 John Gieselman* 15 28 53.6 122 4.4 1.1 0 2 75.9 5 -3 -0.6 0
54 Sedrick Irvin* 4 7 57.1 117 16.7 19.6 1 0 244.7 755 3504 4.6 35
55 Aaron Alexander* 4 11 36.4 100 9.1 0.5 2 3 118.2 6 8 1.3 0
56 Charles Wedemeyer 6 24 25.0 98 4.1 -3.4 0 4 26.0 40 184 4.6 1
57 Ron Rubick 3 3 100.0 91 30.3 30.3 0 0 354.8 111 673 6.1 4
58 Steve Piro 9 23 39.1 89 3.9 1.9 0 1 62.9 10 10 1.0 0
59 Damion Terry 12 19 63.2 88 4.6 4.6 0 0 102.1 12 62 5.2 0
60 Charles Migyanka 8 23 34.8 88 3.8 2.7 1 1 72.6 20 -24 -1.2 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
61 Denis Lavelle 5 11 45.5 70 6.4 6.4 0 0 98.9 6 -19 -3.2 0
62 Aaron Bates* 3 3 100.0 68 22.7 29.3 1 0 400.4 1 14 14.0 0
63 Matt Trannon* 3 4 75.0 67 16.8 26.8 2 0 380.7 1 12 12.0 0
64 James Chesney 6 13 46.2 66 5.1 -1.8 0 2 58.0 10 30 3.0 0
65 Clarence Peaks 3 4 75.0 60 15.0 20.0 1 0 283.5 52 235 4.5 4
66 Nick Foles* 5 8 62.5 57 7.1 7.1 0 0 122.4
67 Lamarr Thomas 2 3 66.7 54 18.0 9.7 1 1 261.2 74 311 4.2 2
68 Otis Grant 2 4 50.0 46 11.5 0.3 0 1 96.6 24 111 4.6 1
69 Addie Gaddis 3 5 60.0 41 8.2 8.2 0 0 128.9 9 22 2.4 0
70 Mark Ingram* 1 3 33.3 41 13.7 -1.3 0 1 81.5 18 153 8.5 1
71 Don Gilbert 1 1 100.0 39 39.0 59.0 1 0 757.6 111 535 4.8 5
72 Conner Dixon* 3 5 60.0 37 7.4 11.4 1 0 188.2
73 Arron Agler* 3 8 37.5 37 4.6 7.1 1 0 117.6 2 -2 -1.0 0
74 Jerramy Scott* 2 3 66.7 35 11.7 3.3 1 1 208.0 38 148 3.9 2
75 Regis Cavender 1 2 50.0 29 14.5 -8.0 0 1 71.8 78 385 4.9 7
76 Le'Veon Bell* 1 1 100.0 29 29.0 29.0 0 0 343.6 671 3346 5.0 33
77 Damien Hiram* 2 3 66.7 27 9.0 9.0 0 0 142.3 2 -6 -3.0 0
78 Gordon Longmire 3 16 18.8 25 1.6 -1.3 0 1 19.4 5 20 4.0 0
79 Blake Ezor* 1 2 50.0 24 12.0 12.0 0 0 150.8 800 3749 4.7 34
80 Ryan Allison* 1 1 100.0 23 23.0 23.0 0 0 293.2 1 23 23.0 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
81 Rich Berlinski 1 1 100.0 23 23.0 23.0 0 0 293.2 62 233 3.8 1
82 Harry Ammon 1 1 100.0 22 22.0 42.0 1 0 614.8 52 192 3.7 0
83 Dennis Mendyk 1 3 33.3 16 5.3 5.3 0 0 78.1 85 495 5.8 6
84 Brian Phelps 2 9 22.2 16 1.8 -3.2 0 1 14.9 5 -13 -2.6 0
85 Art Johnson 1 2 50.0 16 8.0 8.0 0 0 117.2 164 826 5.0 8
86 Greg Montgomery* 1 1 100.0 13 13.0 13.0 0 0 209.2
87 Bobby Morse* 1 4 25.0 12 3.0 -3.3 1 1 82.7 161 651 4.0 9
88 Sherman Lewis 1 4 25.0 10 2.5 2.5 0 0 46.0 252 1566 6.2 16
89 Gary Ballman 1 3 33.3 10 3.3 3.3 0 0 61.3 170 815 4.8 10
90 Jason Daily 1 1 100.0 9 9.0 9.0 0 0 175.6
91 Herb Adderley 1 2 50.0 9 4.5 4.5 0 0 87.8 198 813 4.1 4
92 Matt Bitonti* 1 1 100.0 9 9.0 9.0 0 0 175.6
93 John Mullen 2 5 40.0 8 1.6 -16.4 0 2 -26.6 5 35 7.0 0
94 Plaxico Burress* 1 1 100.0 7 7.0 7.0 0 0 158.8
95 Kurt Larson* 1 1 100.0 7 7.0 7.0 0 0 158.8
96 Tony Lippett* 1 2 50.0 5 2.5 12.5 1 0 236.0 5 32 6.4 1
97 Ray Stachowicz 1 3 33.3 3 1.0 1.0 0 0 41.7 3 -23 -7.7 0
98 Peter Badovinac* 1 2 50.0 2 1.0 1.0 0 0 58.4
99 Lorenzo White* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1082 4887 4.5 43
100 Trent Annicharico* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
101 Steve Smith 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 524 2676 5.1 21
102 Eric Allen 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0 2 -200.0 521 2654 5.1 28
103 Bob Apisa* 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 262 1343 5.1 18
104 Ziehl Kavanaght* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0
105 R.J. Shelton 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0 1 -200.0 40 290 7.3 3
106 Leroy McGee 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0 1 -200.0 240 1185 4.9 10
107 Brandon Fields* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 -11 -11.0 0
108 Robert Popp 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 4 -5 -1.3 0
109 Hyland Hickson* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 384 1906 5.0 19
110 Don Stewart 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 54 243 4.5 0
111 Josh Butland* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 3 -8 -2.7 0
112 Blanche Martin 0 5 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 192 928 4.8 9
113 Devin Thomas* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 27 177 6.6 0
114 Carl Charon 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0 1 -200.0 96 492 5.1 5
115 Bob Handloser 0 4 0.0 0 0.0 -11.3 0 1 -50.0 43 218 5.1 2
116 Agim Shabaj* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0 1 -200.0 11 55 5.0 0
117 Brad Sonntag* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0
118 Tom Love 0 8 0.0 0 0.0 -5.6 0 1 -25.0 188 744 4.0 6
119 Clinton Jones* 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.0 416 2034 4.9 20
120 Rich Schario 1 1 100.0 -9 -9.0 -9.0 0 0 24.4