EAST LANSING - Michigan State's run attack got an unexpected boost when the Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio reinstated running back Glenn Winston back to the active lineup.
Winston was suspended from the Spartans attack for an off the field incident and wasn't expected back to the team this fall but that all changed according to MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis.
“I support Mark Dantonio’s request to reinstate Glenn Winston," said Hollis. "Glenn has much work to do; however, the Athletics Department will not turn its back on this young man. I am supportive of all student-athletes that are part of our program.
“We will move forward and continue to support A.J. Sturges and Glenn with all the resources available to us.”
Head Coach Dantonio talked about his request in support of Winston.
“We appreciate Athletic Director Mark Hollis’ support in reinstating Glenn Winston," said Dantonio.
"Glenn has done everything that he’s been asked to do, from a judicial and a team standpoint. He has paid the penalty for his actions – publicly, legally and athletically – and he worked hard to maintain his academic eligibility while doing so. We regret the entire incident; however, at this time, it is important that we support Glenn socially, academically and athletically. He still has a lot of work to do.”
Winston is expected to be a part of the mix this fall in finding a replacement for graduating senior Javon Ringer in the Spartans lineup. Winston was the most impressive of all the backups who were vying for the starting job including A.J. Jimmerson, Andre Anderson, Ashton Leggett and Caulton Ray.
Winston is expected to battle with incoming freshmen Edwin Baker and Larry Caper for the starting running back position.