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East Lansing — Michigan State’s top running back will return next fall, but the Spartans will be without LJ Scott’s top backup.

Madre London announced on Twitter Friday that he will graduate in May and plans to transfer for his final season of eligibility.

“After long and deep introspection,” London said. “I will be relinquishing my last year of eligibility, and, I am requesting my release from Michigan State University football.”

London ran for 885 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 12 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in 31 career games. He started eight times, including six times as a redshirt freshman in 2015 when he gained 500 yards on the ground in Michigan State’s playoff season.

“I would like to thank Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Athletics Department for giving me the opportunity to further my education as a student and continue my football career as a Spartan football player,” London said. “I will proudly be graduating in May from Michigan State University. I am grateful for everyone who played their part in ensuring my successful future.

“I would like to thank the Spartan Nation for their dedication, and I leave with the strength, kindness, and wisdom that was given to me.”

Scott announced after the Holiday Bowl victory that he would return for his senior season. Only freshman Connor Heyward — 10 yards on three carries — returns with any experience. Also competing for playing time will be Weston Bridges, who redshirted last season, as well as incoming freshmen Elijah Collins and La’Darius Jefferson.

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