Michigan State Football News: Clinton Jones predicts championship for Spartans after HOF announcement

Former All-American Michigan State Spartans halfback Clinton Jones was choked up when addressing Friday's announcement that he'll be one of 15 former players to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

"Joyful, overwhelmed and totally thrown off," Jones said of becoming just the 8th Michigan State player to be inducted to the HOF, via Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press."I'm still trying to grasp it, to digest it."

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Jones joins close friends and former teammates Gene Washington and the late Bubba Smith and George Webster in the Hall, making four players from those legendary squads of the mid-1960s who have received one of college football's greatest individual honors.

However, Jones wasn't just focused on himself when talking about his upcoming induction. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Spartans' last national championship next season, Jones see another national title on the horizon.

"In my heart of hearts, I honestly believe we're going to win it this year," said Jones. "What's happening right now at Michigan State is things coming full circle, with Lou Anna Simon and Mark Hollis and Mark Dantonio. This is about Michigan State coming back to the national scene."

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