Michigan Wolverines Football: Transfer Tracker: 15 Departures, 3 Additions For Michigan This Offseason
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Transfer Tracker: 15 Departures, 3 Additions For Michigan This Offseason

The offseason in college football is one never-ending news cycle, with the frequency of transfers rising over the last several years, and perhaps to new heights now with the NCAA approving one-time transfer legislation.

Michigan football has become no stranger when it comes to the portal, with 15 Wolverines having departed the program via it this offseason. Meanwhile, Michigan has added three players from the portal to its roster.

Below, we list every transfer-portal transaction having to do with Michigan football, beginning with the most recent news.

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Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh has won 69 percent of his games in six seasons at U-M.
Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh has won 69 percent of his games in six seasons at U-M. (AP Images)

ADDITIONS

Redshirt Junior WR Daylen Baldwin (June 14, 2021)

Former Jackson State wide receiver and current Michigan Wolverine Daylen Baldwin racked up over 130 receiving yards in two different games last season.
Former Jackson State wide receiver and current Michigan Wolverine Daylen Baldwin racked up over 130 receiving yards in two different games last season. (AP Images)

Previous School: Jackson State

The 6-3, 210-pounder was named the SWAC's Newcomer of the Year last season while leading the conference in receiving yards 540. He made 27 catches and scores seven touchdowns.

He worked out in front of the Michigan staff, and obviously impressed enough to earn an offer. It's also important to note that the Wolverines hadn't offered any other receivers from the portal this offseason.

He should add depth to the room, especially at the outside wide receiver spot where there isn't much size, while competing for a starting role.

Seventh-Year Senior DT Jordan Whittley (May 21, 2021)

Michigan Wolverines football seventh-year senior defensive tackle Jordan Whittley notched 3.5 tackles for loss at Oregon State in 2019.
Michigan Wolverines football seventh-year senior defensive tackle Jordan Whittley notched 3.5 tackles for loss at Oregon State in 2019. (Jordan Whittley)

Previous School: Oregon State

Michigan has offered a few defensive tackles in the portal this offseason, and finally landed one when Whittley, who was previously at Oregon State committed in late May.

He has struggled with weight problems in the past, and hasn't played since 2019, but could potentially be one to provide some immediate help on an otherwise thin interior defensive line.

Redshirt Sophomore QB Alan Bowman (Feb. 28, 2021)

Michigan Wolverines football added former Texas Tech signal caller Alan Bowman.
Michigan Wolverines football added former Texas Tech signal caller Alan Bowman. (USA Today Images)

Previous School: Texas Tech

Bowman, who has three years of eligibility remaining committed to Michigan out of nowhere at the end of February. The Wolverines don't have a lot of depth at quarterback, with Bowman becoming the fourth scholarship signal-caller on the roster, joining redshirt freshman Cade McNamara, freshman Dan Villari and freshman J.J. McCarthy.

McNamara was named the starter coming out of spring ball, but it's an open competition heading into the fall, with McCarthy having been ranked No. 2 on the depth chart. Don't count Bowman out of the race — he threw for 5,260 yards and 33 touchdowns at Texas Tech, while completing 67 percent of his passes.

TRANSFERS OUT

Freshman LB Cornell Wheeler (June 2, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football linebacker Cornell Wheeler did not take a snap at U-M.
Former Michigan Wolverines football linebacker Cornell Wheeler did not take a snap at U-M. (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

A former four-star recruit out of West Bloomfield (Mich.) High, Wheeler was coached by now-Michigan safeties coach Ron Bellamy. He did not see game action during his first season with the Wolverines in 2020.

Transfer Destination: Unknown

Fifth-Year Senior OL Willie Allen (April 23, 2021)

Former Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Willie Allen never took a snap for Michigan Wolverines football.
Former Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Willie Allen never took a snap for Michigan Wolverines football.

Allen departed Michigan after going through spring practices but finding himself below the two-deep on the depth chart. He joined the program in January and left in April, never playing a snap for the Maize and Blue. He is headed to UMass, his fifth school.

Transfer Destination: Massachussetts

Redshirt Junior DT Phillip Paea (April 14, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football defensive tackle Phillip Paea is headed to Utah State.
Former Michigan Wolverines football defensive tackle Phillip Paea is headed to Utah State. (Photo by Brandon Brown)

Paea played sparingly during his four years at Michigan, and registered just three total tackles during his career. He was buried on the depth chart, and decided to find a school in which he could see the field.

Transfer Destination: Utah State

Redshirt Junior DB Hunter Reynolds (April 14, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football safety Hunter Reynolds is headed to Utah State.
Former Michigan Wolverines football safety Hunter Reynolds is headed to Utah State. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Reynolds decided to leave the program on the same day as Paea, and he will actually head to the same school — Utah State — as the defensive tackle. A former walk-on, Reynolds rose into the two-deep last season and received playing time while sophomore Daxton Hill was injured. He made 16 tackles with one for loss in 2020.

Transfer Destination: Utah State

Freshman LB William Mohan (April 5, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football linebacker William Mohan was a 'viper' under Don Brown.
Former Michigan Wolverines football linebacker William Mohan was a 'viper' under Don Brown. (Alex Gleitman)

A viper linebacker in former Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown's system, Mohan decided that new coordinator Mike Macdonald's scheme wasn't for him, opting to play elsewhere.

He appeared in just one game last season, his first and only in a Michigan uniform, and recorded one tackle.

Transfer Destination: Tennessee

Sophomore WR Giles Jackson (March 29, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football wideout Giles Jackson returned two kicks for touchdowns during his U-M career.
Former Michigan Wolverines football wideout Giles Jackson returned two kicks for touchdowns during his U-M career. (AP Images)

Jackson started in three games at slot receiver last season, and also served as Michigan's punt and kick returner. In his two years in Ann Arbor, he totaled 24 catches for 309 yards and one touchdown, while also returning two kickoffs for scores.

Transfer Destination: Washington

Redshirt Sophomore QB Joe Milton (Feb. 18, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football quarterback Joe Milton threw for a career-high 344 yards at Indiana in 2020.
Former Michigan Wolverines football quarterback Joe Milton threw for a career-high 344 yards at Indiana in 2020. (AP Images)

Milton waited his turn for two seasons, before becoming Michigan's starting quarterback in 2020. He got off to a strong start, going 15-for-22 passing for 225 yards and one touchdown in the opener against Minnesota, before struggling for much of the season. He also suffered a hand injury. All told, Milton completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,077 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions in 2020.

Transfer Destination: Tennessee

Redshirt Junior LB Adam Shibley (Feb. 16, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines linebacker Adam Shibley started one game in his career.
Former Michigan Wolverines linebacker Adam Shibley started one game in his career. (Lon Horwedel)

Like Reynolds, Shibley is a former walk-on who found himself in the two-deep last season, and he even started one game (against Penn State). Shibley worked his way up the depth chart by becoming a contributor on special teams, then seeing time at linebacker in 2020. That season, he recorded 11 tackles. He is headed to Notre Dame, where he will be a walk-on graduate student.

Transfer Destination: Notre Dame

Redshirt Sophomore LB Ben VanSumeren (Feb. 12, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football linebacker Ben VanSumeren started his collegiate career at fullback.
Former Michigan Wolverines football linebacker Ben VanSumeren started his collegiate career at fullback. (Brandon Brown)

VanSumeren began his career at Michigan as a fullback, then moved to tailback in 2019. After not successfully making an impact on offense, he switched over to linebacker before the 2020 campaign, where he made two starts and totaled seven tackles.

Transfer Destination: Michigan State

Redshirt Junior QB Dylan McCaffrey (Jan. 21, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football quarterback Dylan McCaffrey played in 13 games at U-M.
Former Michigan Wolverines football quarterback Dylan McCaffrey played in 13 games at U-M. (AP Images)

McCaffrey's decision to enter the transfer portal Jan. 21 did not come as a surprise at the time, since he quit the team before the 2020 season and announced his intention to depart the school, despite staying enrolled at Michigan for the fall semester. McCaffrey 'opted out' of the campaign before the delayed fall camp even began, effectively handing the starting quarterback job over to Milton.

During his three seasons in Ann Arbor, McCaffrey accumulated 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and completed 51 percent of his pass attempts for 242 yards and three scores. He will play for his father, Ed McCaffrey, at Northern Colorado in the FCS.

Transfer Destination: Northern Colorado

Redshirt Junior DE Luiji Vilain (Jan. 19, 2021)

Former Michigan Wolverines football defensive end Luiji Vilain was a Rivals100 prospect out of high school.
Former Michigan Wolverines football defensive end Luiji Vilain was a Rivals100 prospect out of high school. (Per Kjeldsen)

Injuries plagued Vilain during his four years at Michigan. He did not see any action in the 2017 or 2018 seasons, before appearing in seven games as a backup as a redshirt sophomore in 2019.

Vilain took on by far the biggest role he had ever seen at Michigan this past year, thanks in large part to injuries to senior defensive end Kwity Paye and junior defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. He played at least 22 snaps in each of Michigan's three games from Nov. 7-21, but nevertheless failed to make much of an impact, finishing the year with just four tackles, no sacks and no tackles for loss.

Transfer Destination: Wake Forest

Sophomore RB Zach Charbonnet (Jan. 18)

Former Michigan Wolverines football running back Zach Charbonnet, a California native, is headed to UCLA.
Former Michigan Wolverines football running back Zach Charbonnet, a California native, is headed to UCLA. (AP Images)

Charbonnet led the team with 726 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2019. His 11 scores set the record for the most by a U-M freshman in program history.

The Camarillo, Calif., native was expected to be one of the primary rushers once again heading into 2020, but things did not go as planned. Though his 19 carries were the third most among the team's running backs, the sophomore only ran for 124 yards and one touchdown on the year. It's also worth noting 70 of those 124 yards came on one carry in the Oct. 24 win at Minnesota.

Transfer Destination: UCLA

Redshirt Sophomore RB Christian Turner

Former Michigan Wolverines football running back Christian Turner opted out of the 2020 campaign.
Former Michigan Wolverines football running back Christian Turner opted out of the 2020 campaign. (Lon Horwedel)

He redshirted as a freshman in 2018, but showed decent potential while competing in three games and carrying 20 times for 99 yards. Turner was one of the club's primary backs when the 2019 campaign kicked off, but only rushed it 44 times for 171 yards on the year.

Turner opted out of the 2020 season originally, then opted back in once the Big Ten reversed its decision and decided to play a fall campaign, though the Wisconsin game Nov. 14 was his only appearance of the year.

Transfer Destination: Wake Forest

Fifth-Year Senior Punter Will Hart (Dec. 16, 2020)

Former Michigan Wolverines punter Will Hart came to U-M as a walk-on.
Former Michigan Wolverines punter Will Hart came to U-M as a walk-on. (Lon Horwedel)

A former walk-on, Hart eventually earned a scholarship and played a big role. Hart endured a breakthrough redshirt sophomore campaign in 2018, taking home the Big Ten's Punter of the Year Award after averaging 47 yards per punt and booting 19 balls 50 yards or further. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt while starting all 13 games in 2019, before appearing in just one contest in 2020, before being passed over by Brad Robbins.

Transfer Destination: Unknown

Redshirt Freshman OL Zach Carpenter (Dec. 10, 2020)

Former Michigan Wolverines football center Zach Carpenter was rated as a three-star prospect out of high school.
Former Michigan Wolverines football center Zach Carpenter was rated as a three-star prospect out of high school. (Lon Horwedel)

Carpenter redshirted as a freshman in 2019 and never saw game action, before his career began to take off in a big way toward the latter half of 2020. Carpenter competed in each of Michigan's first four games of the season, before eventually starting the final two contests against Rutgers and Penn State when fifth-year senior Andrew Vastardis went down with injury.

Thought to be one of the primary competitors for the starting center job next season, Carpenter surprisingly transferred Dec. 10, despite the fact the Wolverines were still thought to have at least one more game to play at that point. Since the contest was canceled, we considered Carpenter as offseason attrition and thus included him on this list.

Transfer Destination: Indiana

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