Michigan State Football to deploy RB by committee to replace Kenneth Walker III

Michigan State football is rejuvenated with Mel Tucker at the helm. One of the biggest questions heading into the 2022 season is who will replace the star running back Kenneth Walker III?

The superstar running back finished sixth in voting for the Heisman Trophy last season. Walker transferred to Michigan State after a two-year stint with Wake Forest. With the Demon Deacons, Walker recorded 579 consecutive seasons on the ground. As a freshman, Walker scored four rushing touchdowns and followed 13 as a sophomore.

Walker broke out with the Spartans totaling 19 touchdowns, rushing for 1,636 yards with a stellar average of 6.2 yards per sack. That production prompted the Seattle Seahawks to select Walker early in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Hawks are in immediate need of a cowbell in the backfield following the organization’s award Russell Wilson a trade at Denver Broncos. With Geno Smith Where Drew Lock under the center, the run-heavy Pete Carroll the offense will be boosted in 2022. The Seahawks lost running back Chris Carson to retirement due to a career-ending neck injury this offseason. This leaves Walker the option of dividing staves with Rashaad Penny of the first week.

This type of production will be hard for Michigan State football to emulate, but it’s possible if they roll out a rushing offense by committee.

Michigan State football has returned to the transfer portal in hopes of once again catching the lightning in a battle. The Spartans land Jalen Berger formally from Wisconsin to be the “thunder” of Jarek Broussard‘s ‘lightning’ in 2022. Broussard is a transfer route for Colorado graduates. A pair of ACL injuries stalled Broussard’s career. Once he was healthy and ready to play, Tucker had been to East Lansing. Head coach Tucker first recruited Broussard from Colorado before taking the football job at Michigan State. Two years later, Broussard hopes to be an essential piece of the Spartan backfield in 2022.

Broussard said this about his decision to join a busy Michigan State football field in 2022.

“I went through a big mental phase of things,” Broussard said. “Just having people like Coach Tuck and Jay Johnson in the corner, still telling you, ‘It’s gonna be alright, it’s part of the game’ and the comfort that they gave me (helped). When I accessed the transfer portal all of these schools contacted me When they reached out I’m not going to say it was a no brainer but this relationship that we built while I was in Colorado has played a huge role.

Broussard is a 5-foot-9 runner who weighs around 185 pounds. He led the Buffaloes in rushing the past two seasons, averaging 1,556 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Michigan State football has a plethora of running backs eager to contribute.

In addition to the two running back transfers, the Spartans have three others looking to receive a slice of the rushing pie. Senior Elie Collins will look to rejuvenate his college career in 22. Collins rushed for 988 yards and five scores in 2019 on 222 carries. Collins is a powerful 6-foot-1, 225-pound runner. In 2021, Collins carried the ball just 18 times for 102 yards.

Then there is Jordan Simmons. Simmons rushed for 278 yards last season on 70 carries as a sophomore. Rounding out the group is Harold Joiner, who rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries last season with the Spartans. Joiner had 103 rushing plus 163 receiving yards while averaging 14.8 yards per reception and three total scores over two years with Auburn before joining Michigan State football.

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