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Report: Michigan State QB Payton Thorne, Leading WR Keon Coleman Enter Transfer Portal

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 05: Michigan State quarterback Peyton Thorne (10) drops back to pass during a college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Illinois Fighting Illini, November 05, 2022, at Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL. Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire.

Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne and leading receiver Keon Coleman have decided to enter the transfer portal, per reports.

The Athletic’s Max Olson first reported early Sunday afternoon that Throne was entering the portal, and Michigan State had since confirmed the news to the public.

247Sports’s Justin Thind first reported Sunday that Coleman had decided to enter the portal. He wrote that this decision happened  last week, but Tind might stay due to Thorne’s apparent departure, which adds more intrigue to the situation.

In any event, losing its QB and top receiver would be a blow to Michigan State. Throne, who will be a grad transfer, has thrown for nearly 6,500 yards and exactly 49 touchdowns over his college career which started in 2019, when he redshirted his first season. Thorne became Michigan State’s starter in 2021, where he threw for 2,886 yards, 24 touchdowns, nine interceptions and completed 60.8 percent of his passes, helping Michigan State to an 11-2 record.

One of those 11 wins came in the regular-season finale against Penn State. In snowy conditions, Throne went 19-for-30 with 268 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, which was returned for a touchdown by Daequan Hardy.

This past season wasn’t nearly as successful for Michigan State. Throne’s completion percentage went up to 62.5, but his touchdowns went down from 24 to 19 and his interceptions increased from nine to 11. Assuming Thorne leaves Michigan State, his last college game will have been a 35-16 loss at Penn State for the Land Grant Trophy. Sparty finished 5-7 and didn’t make a bowl game.

Coleman led Michigan State in receptions (58), receiving yards (798) and touchdowns (7). Coleman’s numbers eclipsed those of Jayden Reed, who was a second-round draft pick of the Packers this past Friday.

Against Penn State, Coleman caught eight passes for 91 yards and no scores. News of Coleman’s intention to enter the portal comes on the entry deadline non-graduate transfers. Coleman has only two seasons left of college football and has a bright future ahead of him wherever he ends up, whether that’s Michigan State or somewhere else.

Penn State plays Michigan State in East Lansing for its regular-season finale Nov. 25.

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