Just a year after Ben VanSumeren left Michigan’s football program and joined rival Michigan State, he is about to leave the Spartans.
On Monday, the MSU linebacker entered the transfer portal for the second time in his career. VanSumeren made the unusual move from Ann Arbor to East Lansing in February 2021 before appearing in all 13 of MSU’s games last season.
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The Bay City native played 256 snaps on defense and special teams in 2021, when he racked up 12 tackles as a reserve. In December, the Spartans acquired a couple of inside linebackers through the trade portal, clouding VanSumeren’s future in East Lansing.
The additions of Mississippi State’s Aaron Brule and UNLV’s Jacoby Windmon added a couple of potential roadblocks in VanSumeren’s path to playing time. So did the return of touted freshman Ma’a Gaoteote, who had a brief stint on the portal after contemplating his own departure in January.
Before joining MSU, VanSumeren had straddled defense and offense at Michigan, where he began his career as a fullback.
VanSumeren’s brother Alex was a key member of MSU’s recruiting class of 2022 and announced their engagement in July 2021.
After adding three new position coaches, head coach Mel Tucker made some additional adjustments to his coaching staff before the opening of spring practice on Tuesday.
Tucker said Monday that defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton will also coach linebackers this season. Hazelton previously helped Ron Burton with defensive ends, but will focus on the middle of the Spartans’ 4-2-5 defense with the departure of Burton and the arrival of new defensive line coach Marco Coleman and defensive passing specialist Brandon Jordan.
Ross Els, who previously coached the linebackers, switches to working with the MSU Nickelbacks on defense. Els also retains his role as special teams coordinator.
MSU has four players back for another year due to the COVID-19 eligibility waiver.
Offensive lineman Matt Carrick, punter Bryce Baringer and tight end Tyler Hunt are on the Spartans’ spring roster as sixth-year players. Safety Xavier Henderson also announced that after the 2021 season he will return for a fifth year.
Some players have left, notably offensive lineman Blake Bueter. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Howell native played in 42 games with 16 starts over five seasons, including five starts in 2021. Bueter offered versatility, starting at right guard, center and left guard after arriving as a walker. favorite. in 2018.
Two other depth reserves from the 2021 roster, defensive end Zach Slade and linebacker Samih Beydoun, are not on the spring roster. Slade is the twin brother of starting defensive tackle Jacob Slade.
This article originally appeared on the Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football LB Ben VanSumeren to enter transfer portal