The return of LJ Scott for his senior season meant it was time for another veteran Michigan State running back to leave.
Madre London announced via Twitter on Friday that he plans to pursue a graduate transfer and bypass his fifth and final season in East Lansing. London said he expects to graduate in May.
“After long and deep introspection,” London wrote. “I will be relinquishing my last year of eligibility, and, I am requesting my release from Michigan State University football.
“I would like to thank the Spartan Nation for their dedication, and I leave with the strength, kindness, and wisdom that was given to me.”
The 6-foot-1, 218-pound London started eight games in his three playing seasons, rushing for 924 yards and eight touchdowns in 230 career attempts. In 2017, he ran 83 times for 304 yards with three touchdowns on the ground while catching nine balls for 62 yards and what proved to be the game-winning TD reception at Michigan.
Scott announced he would return for his senior season on the field after MSU’s Holiday Bowl win against Washington State. MSU coach Mark Dantonio after that game hinted that he would like to give the ball to Scott, who has 531 career carries, upwards of 250 times in 2018. In three years at MSU, Tthe 6-1, 229-pound Scott has run for 2,591 yards and 25 touchdowns and ranks in the top 12 at MSU in both categories all-time.
MSU also loses Gerald Holmes to graduation. That leaves Scott and second-year sophomore Connor Heyward (three carries, 10 yards) as the lone returning running backs with experience this fall. The Spartans redshirted Weston Bridges, who suffered a knee injury in high school in 2016, and they have LaDarius Jefferson and Elijah Collins arriving as true freshmen.
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