Michigan State Football: 25 best players of the Mark Dantonio era

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Tony Lippett, Michigan State Spartans
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 04: Tony Lippett #14 of the Michigan State Spartans runs for a third quarter touchdown while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Spartan Stadium on October 4, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
  • Big Ten Receiver of the Year (2014)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (2014)
  • Third in MSU history in receptions (149)
  • Fifth in MSU history in receiving yards (2,247)

Is Tony Lippett the best receiver of the Mark Dantonio era? I guess you’ll have to stick around to find out, but he’s surely one of the best in school history.

Like Aaron Burbridge, he got off to a slow start to his Michigan State career, accruing just 40 receptions for 436 yards and two touchdowns in his first two seasons but became a breakout performer as a junior catching 44 passes for 613 yards and two scores — little did people know he was just scratching the surface.

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Lippett began his MSU career as a scout team star, but molded into one of the Big Ten’s best wide outs, even earning the position’s highest honor in 2015 as Big Ten Receiver of the Year. During that season, he caught 65 passes for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing his career fifth in school history in receiving yards and third in receptions.

There wasn’t a more sure-handed target in the past decade, it seemed, and he also was one of the more versatile players as a two-way star — yes, he played some cornerback, too.

Lippett was drafted by the Miami Dolphins as a cornerback.