MSU D-linemen Craig Evans, Montez Sweat leaving team for ‘personal reasons’

One of the biggest areas of the 2016 Michigan State Spartans football team was the defensive line. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio lost three players in the trenches on the defensive side of the ball to graduation.

On Monday, they learned that a pair of sophomores – Craig Evans and Montez Sweat – are leaving the football program, citing personal reasons.

The school released a statement on Monday regarding the situation:

“Michigan State sophomore defensive lineman Craig Evans and sophomore defensive end Montez Sweat have left the football team for personal reasons effective immediately, according to an announcement made Monday, April 18 by head coach Mark Dantonio.”

Both players had disciplinary in their short-lived Spartan football careers. Evans last season had 21 tackles and one sack. Sweat meanwhile did not play beyond Week 1 in 2015 and was suspended for undisclosed reasons off the field.

Both Evans and Sweat were expected to not only provide much-needed depth to the defensive line for the Spartans, but also to compete for a starting job next to junior and budding star Malik McDowell. Now with their departures, Michigan State will be relying more on their defensive lineman prospects from their 2016 recruiting class, highlighted by the likes of Josh KingAuston Robertson, and Naquan Jones.