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Michigan State RB Connor Heyward Reportedly Enters Transfer Portal

A closeup of three Michigan State football helmets before a game.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 17: Helmets of the Michigan State Spartans during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Michigan State running back Connor Heyward has entered the transfer portal according to a new report. The junior back missed Saturday's game versus Indiana due to unspecified personal reasons.

It seems like Heyward was making the most of this year's new redshirt rule. Players are now allowed to play in four games and still take a redshirt year.

If Heyward played on Saturday, it would have been his fifth game of the season. But seeing that he played in just four games this season, he can utilize 2019 as a redshirt year.

He will have two full seasons of eligibility remaining.

All-in-all, Heyward played in 29 career games for the Spartans. During that time, he served as running back and also handled kick-return duties. His most productive year came in 2018 — 118 carries for 529 yards and five touchdowns.

Michigan State might miss Heyward's production, but the writing was on the wall here. Despite entering 2019 as the expected starting RB, Heyward had just 24 carries for 79 yards through four games this season.

He was also an All-Big Ten honorable mention for kick returner in 2018. But he had yet to return a kick this season.

The 6-foot, 233-pound back will certainly receive attention from coaches across the country.

Which school will Heyward play for next?