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MSU football: Madre London announces graduation, request of release

MSU’s running back depth thins with London departure

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State’s running back corps just got smaller as junior running back Madre London announced he will be graduating in May and requesting his release from MSU football.

London is the third offensive transfer this offseason, joining receivers Trishton Jackson (now at Syracuse) and Hunter Rison (now at Kansas State) as departures.

London -- who was due to be a backup to LJ Scott next season — will be missed as he was a strong back off the bench. In his junior season, London averaged 3.7 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns on the ground, also adding a receiving touchdown at Michigan that would eventually become the game-winner.

Over his three years with the Spartans, London gained 924 rushing yards and added eight touchdowns.

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With London leaving the program and senior Gerald Holmes graduating, we will be seeing a lot of fresh faces behind Scott next season. Options to take over as a backup running back include young guns Weston Bridges, Connor Heyward (both freshmen) or incoming freshmen LaDarius Jefferson and Elijah Collins.

Best of luck to Madre London -- we appreciate all he’s done in the Green and White.