The number of Michigan State Spartans who have entered the NCAA transfer portal since November now stands at 11, as redshirt junior running back/wide receiver Andre Welch has entered in the portal, according to 247Sports’ Stephen Brooks.
Michigan State RB/WR Andre Welch is in the transfer portal.— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) December 22, 2020
Matt Wenzel of MLive reported that Michigan State has confirmed the news.
Welch, a walk-on in 2018, played in 11 career games and had just one appearance in 2020 against Ohio State. He started one game at wide receiver in 2018 before making the position switch to running back in 2019. Welch recorded two rushing attempts for seven yards and four kickoff returns for 73 yards throughout his time in East Lansing.
Update: Starting long snapper Jude Pedrozo (sophomore) has also entered his name in the portal, per Brooks.
Long snapper Jude Pedrozo is the latest Michigan State player to enter the transfer portal.— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) December 23, 2020
Pedrozo, a walk-on in 2019, has played in 20 games with 19 career starts (including all seven games in 2020). He was thrust into the starting lineup as a true freshman last season after starting long snapper Ryan Amour suffered a season-ending leg injury in the opening game against Tulsa. Michigan State recently signed long snapper Hank Pepper to the 2021 class, and also has sophomore Nolan Rossback and freshman Bryce Eimer currently on the roster.
As head coach Mel Tucker continues to rebuild the Michigan State roster in his vision, we may still hear of more players transferring out of Michigan State, as well as more players transferring into East Lansing from other programs.
Keep in mind, just because a player enters the transfer portal, doesn’t necessarily mean that player won’t return to Michigan State (running back Connor Heyward returned to East Lansing in 2020 after enetring the portal in 2019, for example)
You can keep up with every Spartan who is entering the transfer portal and looking to leave Michigan State, those who are transferring to Michigan State from a different school and those who have declared for the NFL Draft here.