Coaching changes often result in several players deciding to pursue opportunities elsewhere in this era of college football. It’s no different at Michigan State this season.

Over the last month, as Mel Tucker’s first season as head coach has come to a close, the Spartans have seen nine players from the roster enter their names into the NCAA transfer portal. And it’s entirely possible that more names are going to be added to the growing list.

Here’s a look at the players who have already entered their name in the portal after the first year of the Tucker era:


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  • Rocky Lombardi, QB
  • Anthony Williams Jr., RB
  • Devontae Dobbs, OL
  • Luke Fulton, LB
  • Jeslord Boateng, LB
  • Marcel Lewis, LB
  • Julian Barnett, DB
  • Davion Williams, DB
  • Jack Bouwmeester, P

Players who enter their name in the NCAA transfer portal are permitted to return to their previous institution, if that’s in their best interest. However, the percentage of players who enter the portal and return to the school is extremely low.

Michigan State finished the 2020 campaign with a 2-5 record, with its lone victories coming against Michigan and Northwestern. Saturday’s game against Maryland has been canceled, which means the year is over for the Spartans.