If you paid any attention to college football last year, you know of transfer running back Kenneth Walker III’s historic season for the Michigan State Spartans. Walker Transferred from Wake Forest to Michigan State prior to the start of the 2021 season.
Walker burst on to the scene right from the start. In his first ever game for the Spartans, Walker took his first carry of the season 76 yards for a touchdown.
Kenneth Walker was a large part of the reason for Michigan State finishing their season with a record of 11-2 topped off with a Peach Bowl victory against Pittsburgh. Picked to finish last in the Big Ten at the start of the year, it is no secret that Kenneth Walker was the man who helped carry this team to their best record since 2015.
Now, the question is whether or not the Spartans are able to replicate that type season again in 2023 without the man who was largely responsible for their success. In steps Jarek Broussard.
Michigan State Transfer Running Back Jarek Broussard
Jarek Broussard announced his decision to enter the transfer portal and transfer to Michigan State from Colorado back in January. Broussard was named 2020 Pac-12 Player of the Year back in a Covid-shortened 2020 season. He led the conference in rushing yards with 895 to go along with six touchdowns.
Broussard was a huge pickup for Mel Tucker looking to solidify a new backfield after the departure of Kenneth Walker III to the NFL.
After the conclusion of the spring game back in April, it has been made clear that Broussard will be the man to fill the shoes of Kenneth Walker III.
Broussard is a quick, patient runner, who also excels at catching passes out of the backfield.
After dealing with injuries during the beginning of his college career, Broussard has bounced back in a big way. Jarek’s decision to enter the transfer portal will surely lead to his success at Michigan State for the final year of his college career.
The Spartans also return starting quarterback Peyton Thorne, along with senior wide receiver Jayden Reed. Reed leads all returning Big Ten wide receivers in touchdowns last year with ten.
Paired alongside these two as well as running behind a veteran offensive line sets up Broussard to have a stellar senior campaign.
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Great article. A running back that Tucker knows well, he should be quick to settle in. It’s not far fetched to think Broussard could have a similar career arc to Walker…
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