Harlon Barnett updates injury status of Michigan State RB Jalen Berger
Harlon Barnett revealed on Thursday during Michigan State’s weekly coaches’ radio show that running back Jalen Berger has had season-ending surgery.
Berger, in his 2nd year with Michigan State after transferring from Wisconsin, has appeared in 5 games following a 2022 season that saw him rush for 683 yards and 6 touchdowns. This season, he has been credited with 93 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Harlon Barnett says RB Jalen Berger had surgery and is out for the season. Barnett on Monday said he thought Berger was likely done for the year.
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The Spartans have turned to Nate Carter to carry the load in the run game, and the UConn transfer has been decent with 565 yards and 4 scores on 130 carries (4.3 yards per attempt). His season high in yardage came against Iowa, where he ran for 108 yards on 20 attempts.
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Michigan State is currently on a 5-game losing streak and hasn’t won a game since a 45-14 win over Richmond on Sept. 9. Of course, it has had to contend with the firing of Mel Tucker, which saw Barnett elevated on an interim basis.
The Spartans face Minnesota on Saturday.