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Michigan State football's Connor Heyward will be running back, new OC says

Michigan State Spartans football coach Mel Tucker speaks to the media on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in East Lansing. Detroit Free Press

Jay Johnson is still getting to know Michigan State football’s offensive personnel.

However, he knows where he wants one player — Connor Heyward — to be .

Johnson, the offensive coordinator under new coach Mel Tucker, said he expects Heyward to return to the Spartans as a running back. Heyward played in four games last season before entering the NCAA transfer portal, then withdrew his name and announced he would return to MSU for his final two years of eligibility.