EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State reserve running backs Caulton Ray and Andre Anderson have been removed from the team's active roster.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio confirmed the move in a written statement Wednesday but did not elaborate.
Associate athletic director John Lewandowski said he will not speculate on the players' future with the program.
Both running backs had fallen behind true freshmen Larry Caper and Edwin Baker on the Spartans' depth chart.
Ray is a redshirt freshman who has rushed 40 times for 156 yards and a touchdown this season. Anderson, a sophomore, had two carries for four yards.
Both played on special teams and have appeared in seven of Michigan State's eight games.
Michigan State is 4-4 headed into Saturday's game at Minnesota (4-4).