Spartans remove two RBs from roster

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan State running backs Caulton Ray and Andre Anderson have been removed from the active roster, head coach Mark Dantonio said Wednesday.

Ray started the first four games this season before giving way to true freshman Larry Caper, who leads the team with 366 rush yards and six touchdowns. Anderson slipped down the depth chart at the end of spring ball and was basically an afterthought at running back after Caper and classmate Edwin Baker arrived this summer. He has just two carries in seven games.

Ray has 40 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown.

According to a team official, Ray and Anderson aren't involved in any legal problems and remain enrolled at the university but not participating in any team activities.

This isn't a major surprise at all, considering how Michigan State pushed the rushing load toward Caper, Baker and sophomore Glenn Winston, who shared duties with Caper before suffering a season-ending injury against Illinois. Michigan State decided not to redshirt Baker rather than going back to Ray or Anderson, so you can bet playing time was an issue here.

Don't be surprised to see either Ray or Anderson -- or both -- seeking a transfer in the near future.