Michigan State RB La’Darius Jefferson follows teammates into transfer portal

Michigan State RB La’Darius Jefferson follows teammates into transfer portal

Michigan State running back La’Darius Jefferson has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Jefferson’s departure leaves Michigan State with just three scholarship running backs, two of them freshmen. He is the third Spartan to enter the portal since late last month, and the second running back.

A sophomore from Columbia, Miss., Jefferson ranked third among running backs in carries, toting the rock 78 times for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He is tied for third thus far this season, but has rushed just 19 times for 25 yards through six games. His high usage game this season came in the opener against Tulsa, when he rushed seven times for eight yards. His season-high in yardage came a week later versus Central Michigan, when he posted nine yards on five carries. Jefferson carried once for no gain in Saturday night’s loss to No. 3 Ohio State.

By entering the portal now, Jefferson will not be able to count this season as a redshirt. Should he transfer to another FBS institution, he would have to sit out 2020 and compete in 2021 as a redshirt junior, barring a waiver.

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