Michigan State TE Adam Berghorst is no longer on the football team, focusing on baseball


INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan State Football has updated its roster ahead of the start of fall camp next week and is missing a veteran scholarship winner.

Senior tight end Adam Berghorst is no longer part of the program and is focused this year on starting the Spartans baseball team.

Berghorst, 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 14th round of the 2019 MLB Draft, but chose to pursue his goal of playing two sports at Michigan State instead of signing and immediately start a professional baseball. career. As a freshman, the Zeeland East graduate became the first Spartan to play for both the football and baseball teams in the same college year since Duane Young in 1990.

Berghorst played 18 football games in three seasons and recorded no catches. The right-hander has made 19 appearances for the baseball team (seven starts) and is 1-3 with a 5.53 ERA in 42 1/3 innings with 19 strikeouts and 28 walks. Berghorst didn’t take the mound for the Spartans this spring as he recovered from injury and currently pitches for the Battle Creek Battle Jacks in the Northwoods League.

“He’s a great guy, he’s an outstanding athlete,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said Wednesday during Big Ten media days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. “He does serious things on the diamond. This is where he is currently focusing. I like the kid. We need all the help we can get. If he ever wanted to come back, I’d be happy to talk to him about it.

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Berghorst is the only stock market player no longer on the roster that was in the spring, other than portal departures.

Michigan State added three graduate transfers in May and they’re all on the roster for running back Jarek Broussard (Colorado), tight end Daniel Barker (Illinois) and offensive lineman Brian Greene (State). of Washington).

The Spartans had nine frontrunners in their 2022 recruiting class and the other 14 members of the group are now counted on the roster. These real freshmen are wide receivers Antonio Gates Jr., Tyrell Henry and Jaron Glover, defensive backs Malik Spencer and Malcolm Jones, offensive linemen Gavin Broscious, Ashton Lepo, Braden Miller and Kristian Phillips, defensive line James Schott and Zion Young, linebacker Quavian Carter. , tight end Michael Masunas and kicker Jack Stone.

There are also seven new freshmen on the roster in defensive back Isaiah Henderson, defensive end Jay Coyne, offensive linemen Jacob Merritt, Ben Nelson and Andy Hartman and wide receivers Tyler Vroman and Alex Watters. . Isaiah Henderson is the younger brother of Michigan State fifth-year senior starting safety Xavier Henderson.

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