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Michigan State LB Aaron Brule to return to MSU for final season

December 27, 2022
<p>MSU and Wisconsin during a play, at the MSU vs. Wisconsin game held at the Spartan Stadium on October 15, 2022. The Spartans beat the Badgers 34-28.</p>

MSU and Wisconsin during a play, at the MSU vs. Wisconsin game held at the Spartan Stadium on October 15, 2022. The Spartans beat the Badgers 34-28.

Photo by Denille Reid | The State News

Michigan State fifth-year linebacker Aaron Brule announced on social media Tuesday afternoon that he will be returning to Michigan State for one final season.

Brule joined Michigan State as a transfer last winter after spending four seasons at Mississippi State. He was involved sporadically in the Spartan defense in 2022, but saw an increase in playing time in the final four games of the season following the suspension of senior linebacker/defensive lineman Jacoby Windmon for his involvement in the tunnel incident at Michigan Stadium.

Brule had 30 tackles, 18 of which came in the final four games of the season, including a season-high six tackles versus Rutgers. Brule also had four sacks in 2022, three of which came in the last four games of the season.

The addition of Brule to next year’s roster bolsters a linebacking core that has been a strength of an otherwise lackluster defense. Redshirt sophomore Cal Haladay was a consensus member of the second-team All-Big Ten and notched the 10th most tackles in the country, while Windmon led the nation with six forced fumbles and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times in eight games. Junior linebacker Darius Snow will also return after suffering a season-ending injury in the first game of the season.

Brule’s sixth year of eligibility results from the 2020 COVID-19 season that didn’t count against a year of eligibility for participating athletes.

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