Thiyo Lukusa was a real contributor for the Michigan State Spartans in 2016, appearing in eight games as a freshman. However, Lukusa left the program in February and, in speaking to the Detroit Free Press, essentially indicated that he didn’t love playing football.

“I really haven’t been in love with football since I was in high school. It’s been a while, probably since I was a sophomore or junior. I went home for Christmas and had a great time with my family up north, just being away from football and doing other things and working out and playing basketball and running.

“I had been thinking about not playing for a long time. I finally just decided that I’m gonna go through with it and kind of weather the storm, whatever it brings.”

Now, though, Lukusa is back on the field and in a different location, as he posted this picture to effectively announce his arrival at Arizona.

Lukusa also shared this post on Twitter that pushed back on the media narrative about his exit from East Lansing.

It will be very interesting to see what the football path is for the 305-pound offensive lineman, if only because he was set to be a legitimate contender to start for Michigan State in 2017. At Arizona, things might be different but a change of heart seems apparent and the Rich Rodriguez-led Wildcats are the beneficiary at this moment.

After quitting football due to lack of love, former Big Ten player has joined a new program Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Rowland is a lifelong Atlanta sports fan that also grew up in a Michigan Wolverines household. He previously worked with FanSided, SB Nation and UPROXX sports and covers college football for FanBuzz.
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