Here’s where all 12 Michigan football transfers from this offseason are playing this year

Wolverines lost 12 players to transfer portal this offseason

George Johnson (top left), Chuck Filiaga (bottom left), and Dan Villari (right) all transferred from the Michigan football team this offseason. (Getty Images 2021)

ANN ARBOR, Mich.Michigan football didn’t lose any significant players to the transfer portal this offseason, but 12 reserves did decide to take their chances with different teams.

Here’s a look at all 12 players who transferred from the Wolverines, along with where they ended up.

DB Sammy Faustin

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Massachusetts

After playing in nine games, mostly on special teams, as a redshirt sophomore in 2019, Faustin only appeared in one game during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.

He wasn’t even listed on the official Michigan football roster in 2021, and has decided to join his former defensive coordinator Don Brown, who is now the head coach at UMass.

OL Chuck Filiaga

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Minnesota

The most impactful transfer from last year’s roster was Filiaga, who played in 12 games, mostly as a reserve offensive lineman.

Michigan stayed mostly healthy along the offensive line last season, but Filiaga still started four games. He ended up appearing in 39 games across his five seasons with the Wolverines, but wasn’t going to be top six in the rotation this year.

DB Darion Green-Warren

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Nevada

Green-Warren was a highly regarded defensive back coming out of high school, but he never quite found a way onto the field at Michigan.

After two years without playing time, the former four-star recruit decided to give the Mountain West a shot.

OL Mahdi Hazime

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ New Mexico Military Institute

The walk-on offensive lineman disappeared from Michigan’s official roster one year ago Wednesday, just before the start of the 2021 season.

He’s now listed on the roster for the New Mexico Military Institute.

K Cole Hussung

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Louisville

Hussung got to kick off one time for Michigan as a redshirt freshman, booting a touchback into the end zone against Northern Illinois.

With All-American Jake Moody back for another season, Tommy Doman waiting in the wings, and the nation’s No. 1 kicker, Adam Samaha, out of Ann Arbor Huron, committed, there wasn’t much room on the depth chart.

DB George Johnson

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Massachusetts

A former high school quarterback, Johnson came to Michigan and tried to carve out a role in the secondary.

He became a solid special teams and scout team player last season, but now he’ll flip back over to the offensive side of the ball at UMass. He’s currently listed as a wide receiver.

DB Jordan Morant

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Duke ➡️ Mississippi State

When he committed to Michigan back in June 2019, Morant was ranked by some as the best safety in his class. He dropped in the rankings before arriving in Ann Arbor, but was still a four-star.

Classmates R.J. Moten and Makari Paige passed Morant on the depth chart, though, as did true freshman Rod Moore last season.

Morant transferred to Duke, and then from Duke to Mississippi State less than a month later.

OL Nolan Rumler

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Kent State

Rumler wasn’t part of the Michigan offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award last season. He entered the transfer portal in the first half of the season and ended up at Kent State.

DB Andre Seldon

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ New Mexico State

There was plenty of excitement surrounding Seldon after he dominated at high school camps right before enrolling at Michigan.

He never found his footing in the secondary, though, and his transfer was not a surprise to anyone who followed his regular cryptic tweets.

LB Anthony Solomon

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Arizona

Michigan liked Solomon on the special teams unit, but once Brown left and the viper position was no longer a part of the defense, this just wasn’t a good fit.

Now, Solomon will head to Arizona, where Brown just spent a season as the defensive coordinator. He’ll likely get more snaps on the defensive side of the ball.

DL Jack Stewart

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Connecticut

Though he came to Michigan as an offensive lineman, Stewart flipped over to the defensive line in college.

He didn’t appear in any games on either side of the ball during three seasons at Michigan, but he will return to the Big House on Sept. 17, when the Wolverines host the Huskies.

QB Dan Villari

  • Transfer: Michigan ➡️ Syracuse

Michigan used Villari a few times last season as a rushing quarterback, but he was never going to get the starting job with Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy around.

NOTE: Defensive lineman Gabe Newburg is no longer on Michigan’s roster, but the university says he medically retired, so he did not enter the transfer portal.


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