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Michigan State QB Joe Boisture To Transfer

Freshman quarterback Joe Boisture announced he intends to transfer from Michigan State. Boisture was redshirted this past season, and was pegged at No. 3 on the QB depth chart behind senior Kirk Cousins and sophomore Andrew Maxwell. Incoming freshman Connor Cook is also set to compete for that third spot.

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Boisture announced his decision in a statement to SpartanMag.com:

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"It is in my best interest that I have decided to leave the Michigan State football program," Boisture said. "I love the university, my teammates, the medical staff and most of all Coach Dantonio. Coach D truly cares about me and all of his players off the field as well as on the field.

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"I have the utmost respect for him as a coach and person and wish him and the Spartans nothing but success."

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As the Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode points out, Boisture would presumably have had a chance to compete for the starting quarterback position in 2012. But it appears that Maxwell was already the favorite to take over and perhaps that's why Boisture decided to transfer.

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Rivals.com had Boisture ranked as the No. 7 rated player in Michigan (and No. 18 pro-style quarterback) out of Saline High School in 2010. He transferred to Saline from Goodrich High for his senior season to face tougher competition, but did not have a strong year.

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The Only Colors has more on Boisture's decision and how it could affect MSU for 2012.