Former Michigan State star Kowalczyk dies
Walt Kowalczyk, a star halfback at Michigan State who finished third in the 1957 Heisman Trophy race, has died. He was 83.
Michigan State said Mr. Kowalczyk died Wednesday. Nicknamed “The Sprinting Blacksmith,” Mr. Kowalczyk helped the Spartans to top-three finishes in the AP poll for the 1955 and 1957 seasons. He was named MVP of the 1956 Rose Bowl.
Mr. Kowalczyk led the Spartans in rushing during the 1957 season and scored nine rushing touchdowns. He also ranked second in all-purpose yards. John David Crow of Texas A&M topped the Heisman vote that season, followed by Alex Karras and Mr. Kowalczyk.
Mr. Kowalczyk was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. He spent three seasons in the NFL, two with Philadelphia and one with Dallas, and finished his career in the AFL with Oakland in 1961.
Devon Johnson, a former Marshall University standout running back who led the team to a conference championship, has died. News outlets reported that the 25-year-old passed away Tuesday at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Marshall head coach Doc Holliday learned about Mr. Johnson’s passing after Tuesday’s practice. Holliday said he was “shocked and saddened” to learn of Mr. Johnson’s death. The cause of death was not known.
During the 2014 season, Mr. Johnson produced 1,767 yards and 17 touchdowns to lead Marshall to the Conference USA championship. He also set the Marshall single-game record for rushing yards with 272 against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 25, 2014. Johnson was a Richlands native.
Wisconsin standout nose tackle Olive Sagapolu will miss the rest of the season with a right arm injury, while quarterback Alex Hornibrook remains questionable for the game at No. 21 Penn State on Saturday. Coach Paul Chryst said Sagapolu had surgery on Wednesday after getting hurt two weeks ago against Northwestern. Hornibrook is in the concussion protocol for the second time in three weeks. Sophomore Jack Coan would make his second career start if Hornibrook can’t go.