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Mississippi State’s Dylan Johnson slams Mike Leach, says he’ll enter transfer portal

Mississippi State’s Dylan Johnson slams Mike Leach, says he’ll enter transfer portal

Mississippi State ran back Dylan Johnson announced he was entering the transfer window on Wednesday and said goodbye to Bulldogs coach Mike Leach on his way out.

In a statement published at Johnson’s Twitter accounthe thanked his family and friends for their support, as well as the Mississippi State players, coaches and fans, who he said helped him develop his character and skills.

“That being said, as I’m not too tough and Leach is happy for me to leave, I’ll be putting my name on the transfer portal with the hope of finding more suitable playing conditions for myself,” Johnson wrote.

Johnson’s name had not been entered into the transfer portal as of Wednesday night, sources told ESPN.

Johnson, a junior from Greenville, Mississippi, did not respond to ESPN’s request for comment. It appears he will not play against Illinois in the ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 2.

In a text message to ESPN on Wednesday, Leach wrote, “We only comment on players who are currently in our program. In any case, we wish him all the best for the future.”

This season, Johnson has rushed 89 times for 488 yards with three touchdowns while catching 48 passes for 285 yards. He had one of his best games of the season in the No. 22 Bulldogs’ 24-22 win over rival Ole Miss on Nov. 24, rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries and catching eight passes for 46 yards.

After that game, Johnson told reporters that the Bulldogs need to be more balanced on offense. Mississippi State ranked next to last in the FBS in rushing at 78.8 yards per game. Only Boston College (63.3) was worse.

“I feel like we just have to run the ball,” Johnson said. “That’s what it all boils down to.”

Johnson was the No. 41 athlete and No. 13 prospect from Mississippi in the 2020 ESPN 300.

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