Hunter Rison will not be returning to the Spartans next season, as the freshman wide receiver has elected to transfer.
However, Rison was not the one to make the announcement. It was his father, Andre, who broke the news on The Drive with Jack on 92.1 FM in Lansing, Mich. on Monday.
“He told me that he appreciates everything that Michigan State’s football program has done, the coaches have done for him,” Andre said on the radio show. “He appreciates everything, an opportunity to go to school and go to a great university in Michigan State. But he wants to play more. He feels he’s just as good as the guys playing in front of him.”
Andre, a former Michigan State and NFL wide receiver, said that the main reason his son wants to transfer is because of his lack of playing time among the team’s deep receiving corps.
“It’s nothing against the program.” Andre said. “It’s just the system does’t fit him, and he doesn’t fit the system, evidently.”
“I’ll never ever tell a coach how to coach or how to do his job,” Andre added, “but I’m watching my son on the sideline when its third down and they have tight ends in the slot.”
In 12 games in the 2017 season, Hunter made 19 catches for 224 yards and no touchdowns.
When he transfers, Hunter will have to redshirt for a season before he can play again. Andre said that Hunter will use that time to work on his game.
While his next destination is still unknown, Andre said that he and Hunter are considering schools from the SEC, the MAC and even other schools in the Big Ten.
Listen to the full interview here:
— The Drive with Jack (@DrivewithJack) January 8, 2018