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The Best Michigan State Spartans Quarterbacks of All Time

Updated December 13, 2019 9.9k votes 2.2k voters 58.1k views

College football fans, we’re ranking the best Michigan State Spartans quarterbacks of all time. It includes every starting quarterback throughout Michigan State Spartans history, including current quarterbacks and past ones. This Michigan State football roster has famous All-Americans, Michigan State quarterbacks in the NFL, and Spartans players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Featuring some of the greatest college quarterbacks of all time, the best Michigan State QBs include Connor Cook, Kirk Cousins, Jeff Smoker, and Drew Stanton.

Who are the greatest quarterbacks in Michigan State Spartans history? They're all on this comprehensive list of Michigan State University football players who have played as quarterback. 

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  • Kirk Cousins1

    Spartans career: 2008 - 2011

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    #90 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#667 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • Connor Cook2

    Spartans career: 2012 - 2015

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    #16 of 54 The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time#3 of 47 All The Ex-NFL Players In The XFL 2020

  • Drew Stanton3
    464
    254

    Drew Stanton

    Spartans career: 2003 - 2006

  • Pete Smith4
    186
    83

    Pete Smith

    Spartans career: 1960 - 1962

  • Brian Hoyer5

    Spartans career: 2005 - 2008

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    #53 of 70 The Best Quarterbacks in the NFL Right Now#31 of 66 The Best Chicago Bears Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Jeff Smoker6
    317
    213

    Jeff Smoker

    Spartans career: 2000 - 2003

  • Earl Morrall7

    Spartans career: 1955

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  • Tony Banks8

    Spartans career: 1994 - 1995

  • Jim Miller9

    Spartans career: 1990 - 1993

  • Ed Smith10
    152
    121

    Ed Smith

    Spartans career: 1976 - 1978

  • Bobby McAllister11
    131
    113

    Bobby McAllister

    Spartans career: 1985 - 1988

  • Bill Burke12
    134
    121

    Bill Burke

    Spartans career: 1996 - 1999

  • Jimmy Raye13

    Spartans career: 1965 - 1967

  • Charles Baggett14
    79
    80

    Charles Baggett

    Spartans career: 1973 - 1975

  • Steve Juday15
    74
    76

    Steve Juday

    Spartans career: 1963 - 1965

  • Dan Enos16
    106
    120

    Dan Enos

    Spartans career: 1987 - 1990

  • Dave Yarema17
    79
    90

    Dave Yarema

    Spartans career: 1982 - 1986

  • Brian Lewerke18
    352
    476

    Brian Lewerke

    Spartans career: 2015 - 2018

  • Jim Ninowski19

    Spartans career: 1956 - 1957

  • Dean Look20

    Spartans career: 1957 - 1959

  • Ryan Van Dyke21
    71
    110

    Ryan Van Dyke

    Spartans career: 1998 - 2001

  • John Leister22
    47
    74

    John Leister

    Spartans career: 1979 - 1982

  • Todd Schultz23
    50
    82

    Todd Schultz

    Spartans career: 1994 - 1997

  • Bill Triplett24

    Spartans career: 1968 - 1970

  • Tom Wilson25
    34
    60

    Tom Wilson

    Spartans career: 1958 - 1960