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Friday, February 20, 2009
Michigan State's Mount Rushmore

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Without the faintest idea that ESPN would do this Mount Rushmore project, I got a head start on Michigan State's list in August when I took a tour of the school's new Skandalaris Football Center. The lobby might as well be a museum of Spartans football history, with tributes to national award winners and All-Americans. 

There was some deliberation with Michigan State's Rushmore, and much like Minnesota, the Spartans force you to look back quite a few years. Aside from dominant stretches in the 1910s, 1930s and 1950s and Rose Bowl appearances in 1966 and 1988, Michigan State has been solid but not spectacular. The program underachieved for most of this decade until head coach Mark Dantonio arrived.

Here's the Spartans' fab four:

Other candidates considered included: Clarence Munn, George Webster, Don Coleman, Lorenzo White, Percy Snow and Art Brandstatter.