Spartans’ quarterback simmers into summer

EAST LANSING — Payton Thorne was the first player to enter Spartan Stadium and the last to leave the field Saturday.

In between, the Michigan State football sophomore got the ball first in almost every drill and live situational work during its final spring practice. His chemistry with his teammates showed, a few helmet slaps and fist-bumps to each member of the first-team offense as they set the pace with a hurry-up workout against the No. 1 defense.

All the marks of a budding leader.

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Michigan State's Payton Thorne throws a pass during the spring football game on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

“Obviously, that comes with the quarterback position,” Thorne said after the 1-hour, 40-minute workout. “I’ve said it before, but you gotta just be yourself. When you’re trying to be something that you’re not, people can tell. Especially teammates, when you’re with them all the time. So I’m just focused on being me and doing the things that I’ve been taught throughout my life and encouraging guys and getting the best out of guys.