Royal Oak Tribune

Michigan State quarterbac­k Rocky Lombardi looks to transfer


EAST LANSING » Rocky Lombardi, the quarterbac­k who led Michigan State to its two victories, is looking to transfer to another school.

Lombardi told the Detroit Free Press that he’s placed his name in the transfer portal.

He started nine games in four seasons, including victories this season over Michigan and Northweste­rn, which eventually won the Big Ten West.

But Lombardi struggled against Indiana and Ohio State. He left the Ohio State game after a hard tackle and didn’t play against Penn State. Payton Thorne replaced Lombardi at quarterbac­k.

“The portal is here. It is not going away,” coach Mel Tucker said Tuesday. “We’re gonna embrace it. I’ve gotten players out of the portal, and I’ve seen guys go into the portal. That’s part of college football now.”

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