MSU D-linemen Craig Evans, Montez Sweat leave team

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Defensive end Montez Sweat is leaving the program, the school announced Monday.

East Lansing — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced on Monday night that sophomore defensive linemen Craig Evans and Montez Sweat have left the team for personal reasons, effective immediately.

Evans (6-foot-2, 307 pounds) entered spring practice third on the depth chart at defensive tackle after showing impressive flashes as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He played in all 14 of Michigan State’s games and recorded 21 tackles, including 3.5 for loss.

The former four-star prospect from Sun Prairie, Wis., saw action in three games in 2014 before redshirting.

Sweat a 6-6, 230-pound native of Stone Mountain, Ga., entered spring practice second on the depth chart at defensive end behind Demetrius Cooper. He has seen action in just four games in his career and was suspended most of last season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He was back this spring but Dantonio said Sweat was “in limbo.”

The news release from Michigan State gave no further explanation for the departure of both players.

Michigan State holds its player draft on Tuesday for the annual Green-White Game, which kicks off at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

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