See which Michigan football players have entered the transfer portal this offseason
The Wolverines had two players enter the NCAA transfer portal on Monday, increasing the total to 10 scholarship players since December 2020. Linebacker William MohanThe former three-star prospect in the 2020 class became the latest to enter the portal Monday night. He also entered the portal Monday after serving as a depth option in the secondary last season. Reynolds finishes his Michigan career with 22 tackles in 20 games and has two years of eligibility remaining. With McNamara returning and the arrival of five-star freshman J.J. McCarthy, Milton entered the portal Feb. 18.mlive.com
Former Michigan DL Luiji Vilain transferring to ACC school
Former Michigan defensive end Luiji Vilain has found a new college destination. The 6-foot-4, 253-pound senior announced Tuesday via Instagram that he is committed to Wake Forest, where he will rejoin former Wolverines running back Christian Turner. Turner and Vilain are two of the six Michigan players to transfer since its last game Nov. 27. Vilain played 109 snaps on defense in 2020, per Pro Football Focus, and earned a below-average grade of 53.9. Get Wolverine Confidential texts straight to your phone from our Michigan football writers.mlive.com
Michigan DE Luiji Vilain enters NCAA transfer portal
A second Michigan football player has made public his plans to transfer. Luiji Vilain, an underutilized and often injured member of the Wolverines’ defensive line rotation, has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, a team spokesman confirmed to MLive on Tuesday. The spokesman, Dave Ablauf, says Vilain enters as a graduate student. With being said I’m officially in the Transfer portal with 2 years of eligibility. On Monday, running back Zach Charbonnet entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, signaling his plans to depart.mlive.com
Michigan down three starters vs. Wisconsin; QB Graham Mertz in uniform
13 Wisconsin on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ABC) down two starting offensive tackles and a second defensive end. Michigan showed a defensive front of fifth-year senior Carlo Kemp, redshirt junior Donovan Jeter, sophomore Chris Hinton — three tackles — and redshirt sophomore end Taylor Upshaw. Expect junior Luiji Vilain to see extended time, along with redshirt freshman Gabe Newburg. Michigan is coming off back-to-back losses to Michigan State and Indiana, leaving it reeling just three games into the truncated nine-game Big Ten season. — Michigan has all three scholarship quarterbacks in uniform (Joe Milton, Cade McNamara, Dan Villari), along with two walk-ons.mlive.com
Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson out indefinitely with fracture
Junior defensive Aidan Hutchinson suffered a fracture to his lower right leg and will require surgery, head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday. Harbaugh did not provide a timeline for a return, but it’s unlikely that Hutchinson will be back in time to finish the Wolverines' nine-game season. He hobbled off the field, was subsequently helped to the Michigan locker room and never returned to the game. Hutchinson spurned NFL draft talk in the offseason, after the Big Ten postponed the fall season, to return to Michigan. Early Michigan-Wisconsin betting lines are all over the placeMichigan falls out of AP Top 25 after Indiana lossmlive.com
25 players on Michigan football roster who got scholarship offers from Minnesota
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There are 25 players on the Michigan football roster who received scholarship offers from Minnesota during their recruiting processes. TE Erick AllRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. OL Karsen BarnhartRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. HenningRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. DL Luiji VilainRecruiting profile: 4-star, No.
Defensive line could make or break Michigan football season against quarterback-loaded schedule
Unfortunately, the defensive line wasn’t a strength for Michigan a year ago. Even though the schedule is shorter this season, Michigan won’t avoid the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten. Look no further than the 2019 recruiting class to find the X-factors for this defensive line. Beyond Hinton and Smith, the rest of the defensive line depth is hard to project. Beyond Hutchinson and Paye, the defensive line could very well be a weakness for Michigan, and that would be a crippling blow to a young defense.