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Jordon Simmons becomes third player to step away from team during MSU football transfer window

October 10, 2023
Redshirt junior quarterback Noah Kim (10) hands the ball off to senior running back Jordon Simmons (22) during a game against University of Washington at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023.
Redshirt junior quarterback Noah Kim (10) hands the ball off to senior running back Jordon Simmons (22) during a game against University of Washington at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023. —
Photo by Audrey Richardson | The State News

A third player has announced that they will be stepping away from the Michigan State Football program following the bye-week interim head coach Harlon Barnett confirmed during his weekly press conference on Monday.

Senior running back Jordon Simmons is the latest player to share his intentions with Barnett. Simmons joins junior long snapper Hank Pepper and senior defensive back Justin White as the players who currently are not with the team. All three players have not officially announced they have entered the transfer portal, though they will have just under three weeks to solidify that decision to completely leave the program.

“This morning Jordon Simmons came up and said you know, he thinks he is going to jump in the portal,” Barnett said. “And so, with that being said, he’s off the team and there wasn’t nothing bad. He went home and talked to his parents over the bye week, and we said okay that’s fine." 

Simmons didn’t dress for the Iowa game, meaning he has played in four total games this season. With the amount of time he has played, Simmons has the ability to redshirt and gain another season of eligibility as a result of the NCAA rules. Simmons has seven carries for just 17 yards on the season

In 2020 and 2021, Simmons played a larger role in the offense compared to the last two seasons. He rushed for 278 yards on 70 carries behind Kenneth Walker III in 2021 and carried the ball 56 times for 219 yards during the shortened 2020 season

With no official label on the decision, Simmons will remain away from the team until further notice. The transfer window will remain open for 18 more days for MSU football athletes.

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