Messiah deWeaver to transfer from Michigan State

Former four-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver announced via Twitter that he has been granted a full release after announcing Saturday he would look to transfer from Michigan State.

DeWeaver, a redshirt freshman out of Huber Heights, Ohio was third-string behind Brian Lewerke and Damion Terry. He appeared briefly this season against Ohio State and Rutgers. He did not attempt a single pass and rushed four times for minus-one yard.

The likely reason for deWeaver’s transfer is lack of playing time. Lewerke’s emergence under center makes him the probable starter for the next two years, leaving deWeaver in the dust until his senior year. His transfer destination will likely be a program where he can make an immediate impact.

DeWeaver’s absence will cause a blow in Michigan State’s depth at the quarterback position. With Terry graduating, MSU will be without 2017’s second and third-string QB’s for 2018.

Rocky Lombardi is expected to play behind Lewerke for the following season. 2018 recruit Theo Day will also move up in the depth chart. Chances are that Day will be redshirted in 2018, but could remain on the depth chart in case of extreme emergency.

Unconfirmed reports also have mentioned tight end Chase Gianacakos will not return in 2018. Michigan State’s athletic department has not yet issued an official statement.