WR Andre Sims Jr. will transfer from MSU

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Andre Sims Jr.

East Lansing – Wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. has been granted a release from his scholarship, Michigan State announced on Tuesday.

Sims, who graduated last Friday with a degree in journalism, has one year of eligibility remaining and will seek to play elsewhere. A three-year letterwinner, the native of Snellville, Ga., had 13 career receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 27 punts for 224 yards.

"The fact Andre completed his degree in four years is a testament to his work ethic," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. "He's a quality person, and we wish him the best of luck as he enters his final season of competition."

Sims had a promising start to his career and was the first receiver selected by his teammates for the spring game in 2012. However, the regular-season production never followed and after this spring he found himself well down the depth chart, even after the departure of Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery to the NFL.