All-Time MSU Football Team: All-Purpose Player

Over the three weeks of fall camp, Mississippi State will be collecting votes and assembling an all-time MSU football team in honor of the 100th anniversary of Scott Field. Winners will be announced over the course of the season as the starters are filled in on both sides of the ball.

UOMEWLPBYGXCAGW.20120908182309Voting is simple: the candidates and their highlights are listed below, just vote for your choices in the poll.

Today, we are selecting one all-purpose player from the pool of candidates.

Tom ‘Shorty’ McWilliams 1944-47

Only Mississippi State player to eve receive a Heisman vote. Five combined punt/kickoff return touchdowns (1st all time)

David Smith 1968-70

3,572 all-purpose yards (6th), 80 rush, 2,168 receiving, 1,131 kickoff return, 193 punt return. 265 yards vs LSU in 1969 (6th-best single game) with -12 yards rushing, 102 receiving, 175 kickoff return

Walter Packer 1973-76

4,169 all-purpose yards (3rd), 2,820 yards rushing, 171 receiving, 1,166 kickoff return

Glen Young 1979-82

17.8 yards per play (1st, min. 150 plays) with 2,883 yards on 162 plays. 1,538 career kickoff return yards (3rd), 100 yard kick return against LSU in 1980 (T-1st)

Tony James 1989-92

3,973 all-purpose yards (4th), 218 rushing, 561 receiving, 1,862 kickoff return (2nd), 1,332 punt return (1st). 121 punt returns (1st) with 10.9 yards per return.

Kevin Prentiss 1997-98

1,852 all-purpose yards, 1,066 yards receiving, 70 rushing, 716 kickoff return, 383 punt return. 1,546 all-purpose yards in 1998 (2nd-best single season all-time), two kickoffs returned for touchdown (T-1st)

Fred Reid 2001-04

1,648 all-purpose yards, 996 rushing, 349 receiving, 1,303 kickoff return

LaDarius Perkins 2010-13

4,253 career all-purpose yards (2nd), 2,554 rushing yards, 714 receiving yards, 969 kickoff return yards. 319 all-purpose yards vs Ole Miss 2010 (2nd-most, single game) with 98 rush yards, 140 receiving, 65 kickoff return and 16 punt return

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One Response to All-Time MSU Football Team: All-Purpose Player

  1. Lamar Conerly says:

    Who the heck is 1st in all purpose yards?

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