In no particular order, I thought we would look at three big performers from recent battles for the Paul Bunyan trophy.
1. Charles Woodson: The Heisman winner from 1997, Woodson went off against MSU, hauling in an incredible interception thrown by Todd Schultz (he is the answer to some trivia question, like most knee surgeries) on the beautiful painted cement in Spartan Stadium. Woodson used that game to show off his athleticism and along with a win over Ohio State, and playing wide receiver and winning the Rose Bowl, led to a Heisman and half a National Title. Woodson had a great game for the Wolverines and is still elite for Green Bay. Also, another fake field goal happened that day with Sedrick Irvin catching a pass when no one covered him. After playing 3rd string running back for the Lions, he is probably the most successful MSU/Detroit Lion in the last 15 years.
2. Plaxico Burress: Before becoming a Super Bowl hero and shooting himself in the leg, Burress shredded Michigan's secondary for 10 catches and 255 yards. In only two years, he set MSU receiving records and was absolutely dominant against everybody. In 1999 MSU was robbed of a BCS bid and Nick Saban left the program and left it in the very unsure hands of Bobby Williams, but Burress and Duckett were bright spots during the season.
3. Javon Ringer: During his incredible breakout season, where Ringer put MSU on his back and carried a mediocre (although NFL QB), a mediocre offensive line, and ran over Michigan in a huge game in Ann Arbor. When he ran over about everybody on his way to converting that fourth down, he started a two year run that has, maybe, quite possibly, dare I say, closed the gap with U of M. He was a tough back and meant more than a lot of people think.