Michigan State football got some good news earlier today regarding running back Connor Heyward. After entering the transfer portal in late September, Heyward has decided to withdraw his name and return to MSU.
Heyward entered the season as the Spartans’ starting running back, but after rushing for only 79 yards on 24 carries in four games, he decided to explore a transfer. However, he has changed his mind after meeting with new head coach Mel Tucker and Michigan State AD Bill Beekman.
“After talking with Mr. Beekman and Coach Tucker, I have decided to take my name out of the transfer portal and return to Michigan State University. It has been a long process, but I know this is home in my head,” Heyward wrote on Twitter. “I’m looking forward to what the future holds, and I can’t wait to get back to work with my brothers.”
Heyward maintained a redshirt for the 2019 season since he did not appear in five or more games. He’ll have two years left to play at MSU.
As a sophomore in 2018, Heyward was named honorable mention All-Big Ten as a kick returner. He also compiled a productive season as a running back–118 carries for 529 yards and five touchdowns.
— Connor Heyward (@ConnorHeyward1) February 20, 2020
Michigan State finished 7-6 in 2019, including a win over Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl, the final game over Mark Dantonio’s 13-year tenure as head coach.
Tucker took over for Dantonio earlier this month after being hired away from Colorado after one season.