Michigan State football’s Ben VanSumeren enters NCAA’s transfer portal for second time

Barely a year after Ben VanSumeren ditched the Michigan football program and joined rival Michigan State, he’s on the verge of leaving 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 MSU games this past season.

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The Bay City native played 256 snaps on defense and special teams in 2021, when he collected 12 tackles as a reserve. In December, the Spartans acquired a pair of inside linebackers via the transfer portal, which clouded VanSumeren’s future in East Lansing.

The additions of Aaron Brule from Mississippi State and Jacoby Windmon from UNLV added a pair of potential roadblocks along VanSumeren’s pathway toward playing time. So did the return of touted freshman Ma’a Gaoteote, who had a brief stay in the portal after contemplating his own departure in January.

Before joining MSU, VanSumeren had floated between defense and offense at Michigan, where he began his career as a fullback.

VanSumeren’s brother, Alex, was a key member of MSU’s 2022 recruiting class, announcing his commitment in July of 2021.

Coaching tweaks

After adding three new position coaches, head coach Mel Tucker made a few additional tweaks to his coaching staff ahead of spring practice opening Tuesday.

Tucker said Monday defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton also will 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…


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