Report: Michigan State's starting QB has entered name in transfer portal
Rocky Lombardi appears to be on his way out of East Lansing.
Friday, Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press was one of multiple outlets to report that Lombardi has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. He’s the latest in a group of Spartans to explore opportunities outside of Michigan State.
Lombardi was the starter at Michigan State for a majority of the 2020 season. Near the end of the year, due to injuries and performance, Lombardi found himself in a quarterback battle with Payton Thorne, who started for the Spartans against Penn State in what was the final game of the regular season for MSU.
In 6 games for the Spartans, Lombardi threw for 1,090 yards with 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while completing 53.5% of his passes. He also finished the year with 39 yards on the ground to his name.
Thorne, who was Lombardi’s strongest competition to the starting job this past season, appeared in 4 games and totaled 582 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions with a 56.5% completion rate.
Lombardi’s decision to hit the portal also comes shortly after the Spartans landed transfer QB Anthony Russo from Temple. It will likely create a battle between Russo and Thorne for the starting job beginning in the 2021 season.
Michigan State finished the 2020 season with a 2-5 record. Saturday’s game against Maryland has been canceled.