Michigan State football RB Jalen Berger has entered the transfer portal

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The transfer portal is once again rearing it's head in East Lansing. Michigan State football already saw two very important defensive linemen enter the portal on Tuesday, now a third player, this time on the offense, has also entered the portal.

The latest Spartan to enter the transfer portal is running back Jalen Berger. He is a former transfer from Wisconsin who has spent the last two seasons at Michigan State. In his first season in 2022, he had a solid season and led the team with 683 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. However, this past season he took a step back and only ran for 93 yards and one touchdown. Now some of this has to do with a season ending injury he suffered against Michigan, but his 93 yards came in five games, so clearly he wasn't the go to guy for Michigan State.

That likely is the reason why Berger is entering the portal, and why I don't think this is a big loss for Michigan State. Not only did he play a significantly smaller role last season, but Jonathan Smith already appears to be going a different direction at running back.

Nate Carter is returning and will be one of the main guys in the backfield, but Smith has also been in the portal aggressively looking for a running back as well. He has reached out to three running backs in total, and even has a crystall ball prediction on 247Sports to land Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams from UMass.

So this was likely the smart move for Berger as he will now look for a new home where he can earn some more playing time. I hope it works out for him wherever he ends up, but this isn't a loss that Michigan State fans should be concerned about.