The single-season touchdown pass leader for the Michigan State Spartans is coming to the Plains. After three seasons in East Lansing, Payton Thorne announced his decision to transfer to join Auburn and head coach Hugh Freeze for the next two seasons.
"We are open to any position that would help us improve our team as long as they fit within the culture. And that includes the quarterback room," said Freeze following the A-Day game. "I think competition is helpful. And those that handle it right. And those that don't, they're probably not going to be the winners for you anyway."
Earlier this week, T.J. Finley announced his decision to transfer following graduation, which means Thorne will be joining Robby Ashford, Holden Geriner and incoming freshman Hank Brown in Auburn's quarterback room.
With 29 games under his belt as a Spartan, Thorne is the most experienced quarterback on Auburn's roster. After throwing three touchdowns and three picks during four games in his freshman season, Thorne took a major step forward in 2021.
In leading the Spartans to an 11-2 record, Thorne threw a program-record 27 touchdowns, breaking the record previously held by Kirk Cousins, along with just 10 interceptions and 3,232 yards through the air.
His third season at MSU was tough, as the team failed to make a bowl game and Thorne threw for fewer yards (2,679) and touchdowns (19) while tossing more interceptions (11).
With the transfer portal still open there is still the possibility of more additions in the coming weeks.
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