It seemed like the Michigan State University 2021 football roster was almost set, but yet another player has purported to have entered the NCAA transfer portal. This time, that player is fullback/tight end/H-back Max Rosenthal, as reported by Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press.
The @Freepsports has learned Michigan State fullback/H-Back Max Rosenthal has entered the NCAA transfer portal.— Rainer Sabin (@RainerSabin) December 21, 2020
Rosenthal came to Michigan State as a walk-on as a part of the 2017 recruiting class. After redshirting in his first year, Max played in eight games in 2018 as a redshirt freshman and served as the team’s primary fullback for the last half of the season. Rosenthal took a total of 85 snaps that year and even scored a touchdown off of a fumble against Maryland.
He saw his role expand in 2019, where he played in 12 games and earned two starts against Maryland and Michigan. In the Michigan game, Rosenthal even caught a one-yard pass for a touchdown to give MSU the early 7-0 lead. Unfortunately, that proved to be the Spartans’ only touchdown on that particular Saturday.
However, in 2020 under the new coaching staff Rosenthal was listed as a tight end on the roster and only participated in one game, at Penn State. With the change of offensive philosophy, the need for a traditional fullback in the Michigan State offense is likely to be limited. Rosenthal appears to have decided that more opportunities for playing time will be available elsewhere.
Keep up to date with the changes to the MSU roster on The Only Colors Transfer Portal Tracker.