Michigan State reached 10 wins on the season Saturday afternoon, just one year after going 2-5 during the shortened COVID-19 season in 2020.

A big part of the resurgence of the Spartans has to deal with newcomer Kenneth Walker III and Jayden Reed, both of which joined the program as transfers. Reed joined MSU after a freshman year at Western Michigan in 2018 and Walker joined the program for his junior season after starting off at Wake Forest.

Both were vital to the Spartan offense throughout 2021 and both provided crucial moments in the win over Penn State. Reed recorded 6 catches – including a touchdown on 4th-and-15 – and Walker rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown in the snow.

Both players now face a decision of whether to head for the NFL Draft or come back to East Lansing in 2022. Both were non-committal postgame, but it does sound like both will suit up the bowl game.

Walker said he was unsure if that was his final game inside Spartan Stadium and said he does “believe I’m gonna play” in whatever bowl MSU lands. Meanwhile, Reed said he was “focused on the bowl game” and is not quite thinking about whether or not it was the last home game of his Spartan career.

Michigan State would obviously love to have both playmakers back for another year, but their contributions have already been massive. They have helped reenergize a program and provide a jumpstart to Mel Tucker’s tenure in East Lansing.