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The conga line of Michigan State football players heading for the NCAA transfer portal paused Tuesday.
But quarterback Theo Day joined the procession Wednesday, becoming the ninth member of the Spartans to head for the exit since the conclusion of spring practice Saturday.
Day, a redshirt sophomore from Canton, didn't play last season and appeared to be leapfrogged on the depth chart by four of his teammates — Payton Thorne, Anthony Russo, Hampton Fay and Noah Kim. All received more reps than Day during scrimmage periods last Saturday
"The quarterbacks work with different groups, so Payton runs with the ones and Russo runs with the ones as well," head coach Mel Tucker said earlier this month. "It's a competition. Theo gets reps. Noah Kim get reps. Hampton Fay gets reps. All those guys get reps and they get a fair shake and get a great evaluation. ... Those guys always know where they stand."
A former three-star recruit out of Dearborn Divine Child, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Day signed with Michigan State in December 2017.
He appeared in two games in 2019, playing six snaps and completing two of three pass attempts for 12 yards.
Day is the 26th member of the team to enter the transfer portal since last November as Tucker has reshaped the roster. During that period, the Spartans have received commitments 15 players who previously played at other college programs. Russo, who came from Temple and enrolled in January, is one of them.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football QB Theo Day latest to enter transfer portal