Germie Bernard scores opening TD, hushes crowd in return to East Lansing
Germie Bernard did not have to wait long to make an impact in his return to East Lansing. The former Michigan State receiver transferred to Washington in the offseason, and he scored the game’s opening touchdown.
Bernard’s score came on the opening drive for Washington as Michael Penix Jr. and the Huskies needed just 4 plays to cover 55 yards. After setting up a 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Washington called an end around play to Bernard.
Bernard did have to make one Spartan defender miss, but he did just that with a fantastic stutter step. After finding the end zone, he delivered a “hush” gesture to the fans behind the end zone.
Start FAST … ☔️🔥 pic.twitter.com/Wjcq1Ev538
— Washington Football (@UW_Football) September 16, 2023
Bernard’s career features an interesting arc, to say the least. He was originally signed to Washington as one of the best receivers in the 2022 recruiting class but requested a release from his NLI after a string of coaching changes by the Huskies.
As a Spartan, Bernard appeared in 12 games with 7 catches for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. He eventually hit the transfer portal after a 5-7 record for Michigan State and found his way back to the Huskies.
So far, the Week 3 matchup in Spartan Stadium has been all Washington with Penix starting 9-for-10 in the passing game and the Huskies opening up a 21-0 lead. Michigan State will try to dial something up, but the Spartans are playing without suspended head coach Mel Tucker and appear powerless to stop the aerial attack.