ANN ARBOR, Mich. – michigan football didn’t lose any major players to the transfer portal this offseason, but 12 reserves decided to take their chances with different teams.
Here’s a look at the 12 players who transferred from the Wolverines, along with where they ended up.
DB Sammy Faustin
To 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 on Michigan’s official football roster in 2021, and he decided to team up with his former defensive coordinator Don Brown, who is now the head coach at UMass.
OL Chuck Filiaga
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Minnesota
The most impressive transfer on last year’s list was Filiaga, who played in 12 games, mostly as a backup offensive lineman.
Michigan was mostly healthy along the offensive line last season, but Filiaga still started four games. He ended up appearing in 39 games in his five seasons with the Wolverines, but he wasn’t going to crack the top six of the rotation this year.
DB Darion Green-Warren
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Nevada
Green-Warren was a highly regarded defensive back coming out of high school but never found his way onto the field at Michigan.
After two years without playing time, the former four-star recruit decided to give Mountain West a try.
OL Mahdi Hazime
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ New Mexico Military Institute
The walk-in offensive lineman disappeared from Michigan’s official roster a year ago on Wednesday, just before the start of the 2021 season.
He is now listed by the New Mexico Military Institute.
K. Cole Hussung
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Louisville
Hussung had to kick once for Michigan as a redshirt freshman, kicking 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.
D. B. George Johnson
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Massachusetts
Johnson, a former high school quarterback, came to Michigan and tried to carve out a role in high school.
He became a solid special teams and scouting player last season, but will now return to the offensive side of the ball at UMass. He is currently listed as a wide receiver.
DB Jordan Morant
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Duke ➡️ Mississippi State
When he committed to Michigan in June 2019, Morant was ranked by some as the best safety in his class. He fell through the ranks before he got to Ann Arbor, but he was still a four-star.
However, classmates RJ Moten and Makari Paige passed Morant on the depth chart, as did true rookie Rod Moore last season.
Morant transferred to Duke and then from Duke to Mississippi less than a month later.
OL Nolan Rumler
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Kent State
Rumler was not part of Michigan’s 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
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ New Mexico State
There was a lot of hype around Seldon after he dominated high school camps just before enrolling at Michigan.
However, he never quite found his place in high school, and his transfer came as no surprise to anyone who followed his usual cryptic tweets.
LB Anthony Solomon
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Arizona
Michigan liked Solomon in the special teams unit, but once Brown left and the Viper position was no longer part of the defense, this just didn’t fit.
Solomon will now head to Arizona, where Brown just spent a season as defensive coordinator. He’s likely to get more snaps on the defensive end of the ball.
DL Jack Stewart
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Connecticut
Although he came to Michigan as an offensive lineman, Stewart moved to defensive line in college.
He didn’t appear in a game on either side of the ball for three seasons at Michigan, but he will return to the Big House on Sept. 17, when the Wolverines host the Huskies.
QB Dan Villari
To transfer: Michigan ➡️ Syracuse
Michigan used Villari a couple of times last season at running back, but he was never going to get the starting job with Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy around.
NOTE: Defensive lineman Gabe Newburg is no longer on Michigan’s roster, but the university says he’s medically retired, so he didn’t enter the transfer portal..
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