EAST LANSING - Sophomore running backs Andre Anderson and redshirt freshman Caulton Ray have left the MSU football team according to a statement released by Michigan State this afternoon.
The bigger loss is Ray who started MSU's first four games and played well in the opener against FCS school Montana State, rushing for 71 yards on 12 carries. He rushed 16 times for 51 yards in MSU's lost to CMU, the emergence of Glenn Winston cut into his playing time. Once Winston went down for the season, MSU turned to freshman Edwin Baker instead of Ray.
He didn't not carry the ball against Michigan and had a DNPCD (Did not play, coaches decision) against Iowa which brought things to a head.
He played in seven of MSU's eight games and rushed for 161 yards on 40 carries for a 3.9 average and scored one TD. He is expected to transfer to either Cincinnati or Central Michigan. Both teams offered him a scholarship when he was a senior out of Birmingham Brother Rice.
Anderson, a sophomore out of Barrington, IL carries just two times for four yards and was being used mostly on special teams.
"Andre is small but he's a work-horse," said Barrington assistant coach Todd Kulkinski of his former star. "In back-to-back playoff games as a junior, he carried the ball 41 times and 32 the very next game."
Anderson originally committed to Minnesota, but switched his commitment after the firing of former head coach Glen Mason.
Anderson could make the move to Iowa State, a team that really wanted him early on in his commitment, other speculate he could end up at Northern Illinois.