EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 27: Payton Thorne #10 and Kenneth Walker III #9 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate their win against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium on November 27, 2021 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

It’s not a huge surprise, but still heartbreaking for Spartans. The talented Kenneth Walker III is heading to the NFL and won’t participate in the Peach Bowl.

The incredible running back has declared for the NFL draft and took to Twitter on Thursday (Dec. 16) to say that he won’t be in the Peach Bowl game against No. 12 Pitt on Dec. 30.

“It has been a true honor to represent Michigan State University and wear the Green and White,” Walker wrote in a statement. “I am beyond grateful to Coach (Mel) Tucker and the entire staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to shine under their leadership. As the regular season has come to a close, I would like to announce that I have decided to forgo playing in the Peach Bowl to begin preparation for the NFL Draft.

“I would like to thank God, my family, teammates, fans and all my coaches over the years for helping me become the player and man I am today. I will forever be a Spartan Dawg.”

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