When it rains, it pours. Just days after losing 49-0 to Michigan, Michigan State football is losing some key players.
The transfer portal window has been open for everyone on the team for 30 days since Mel Tucker’s firing and some players have been taking advantage recently.
On Monday, news broke that one key figure on the defensive line was considering it.
On Tuesday, Simeon Barrow made it officially and entered the portal as a grad transfer following four years in East Lansing.
This is a tough blow as Barrow was one of the more promising players on the defensive side of the ball and he’d be nice to build around as a senior under a new head coach.
Barrow had 19 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks through seven games this season.
Michigan State football will need younger guys to step up
Fortunately for the Spartans, they have some younger guys along that defensive line that can step up with Barrow moving on, but this is a tough blow.
He’s a leader on the defensive side of the ball and was expected to be an All-Big Ten performer this season after recording 74 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and seven sacks over the past two years combined. He had what it took to be a star.
You can’t blame him for wanting to move on after this Tucker situation, however. He earned the right to decide where he wants to finish his career.
And heck, if Michigan State hires the right coach to replace Tucker, maybe Barrow will find his wat back to East Lansing. Crazier things have happened.