However, there is another group we still need to address, and it’s a few categories that MSU has an extremely rich history with, and that is the coaches, kickers, and specialists.
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Starting Kicker: Brett Swenson
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Swenson was 71-for-91 on field goals in his career and was the former all-time leader in points scored and extra points.
Backup Kicker: Morten Andersen
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There are some arguments here for a few guys, but it’s hard not to choose a legend like Morten Andersen.
Starting Punter: Greg Montgomery
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Greg Montgomery still holds the MSU punting record for average yards per punt with 45.2.
Backup Punter: Earl Morrall
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This one is a little cheap. Earl Morrall is taking a spot here from many great Spartan punters, but he is one of the best talents in MSU history, and outside being a legendary QB, was also a top punter of his era.
Starting Returner: Derrick Mason
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Derrick Mason might be the greatest special teams player in MSU history. He still holds the record for the most kickoff return yards in team history by almost 1,000 yards, and he held the Big Ten record for 14 years.
Backup Returner: Keshawn Martin
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Behind Derrick Mason’s records, there is Keshawn Martin, who was shifty and extremely explosive.
Head Coach 1: Duffy Daugherty
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How can we not have Duffy here? He led the Spartans to back to back championships in 1965 and 1966, cementing his legacy as the best MSU coach of all time.
Head Coach 2: Biggie Munn
Before there was Duffy, there was Biggie, the other MSU coach to lead the Spartans to a championship.
Offensive Coordinator: Dave Warner
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Dave Warner led the most prolific offense in MSU history, in a time where MSU was mostly known for their defense, the offense blossomed.
Defensive Coordinator: Pat Narduzzi
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Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State was known as a defensive powerhouse, and Pat Narduzzi was considered one of the top coordinators in the country.
Assistant Coach 1: Mark Dantonio
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From 1995-2000, Mark Dantonio was a stellar defensive backs coach for MSU, which helped him land the DC job at Ohio State and ultimately head back to MSU as head coach.
Assistant Coach 2: Nick Saban
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Nick Saban had to be on this list somewhere, and as a one-time assistant at MSU, this is the perfect spot.
Assistant Coach 3: Hank Bullough
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The patriarch of the Bullough family, Hank Bullough was the defensive line coach for the legendary 1965 championship team.
Assistant Coach 4: Harlon Barnett
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Harlon Barnett is back with the Spartans, but in the past he was the man behind the ‘No Fly Zone’, perhaps the best secondary in MSU history.