Three Spartan players, Flozell “THE HOTEL” Adams, Tony Mandarich and Lorenzo White along with former coach Darryl Rogers got some good news today. They are on the ballot from the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame. There were 76 players and six coaches from a multitude of programs on the ballot, from division one programs.
Here are the bios of the four Spartans courtesy of the announcement:
Darryl Rogers-Cal State East Bay (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)-Took Fresno State to two bowl games…Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State…Named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978…Won the Big Ten title in 1978.
Lorenzo White, Michigan State-Running Back–Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous (’85) and consensus (’87) honors…Led State to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win…Led nation in rushing (1985), first MSU player to lead team in rushing four-straight seasons.
Tony Mandarich, Michigan State-Offensive Tackle-1988 consensus First Team All-America…Finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988…Helped the Spartans to three bowl game appearances and a victory in the 1987 Rose Bowl.
Flozell Adams, Michigan State-Offensive Tackle-1997 First Team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year…Three-time All-Big Ten performer who helped Spartans to three consecutive bowl appearances… Helped running backs rush for more than 100 yards in 21 games throughout career and allowed only two QB sacks in 1997 season.
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