Junior wide receiver Kekoa Crawford has decided to transfer out of Michigan. His future destination is unknown at this point.
Kekoa – once known as Dylan Crawford – committed to Michigan at the Army All-American Bowl in January of 2016 (LINK). He caught 4 passes for 47 yards and 1 touchdown as a true freshman in 2016, and then he moved up on the depth chart to become a starter in 2017. In his sophomore season, he was #4 in receptions (17) and #5 in yards (243); he was also second on the team in yards per catch (14.3), out of players with 10+ receptions. Despite being used more in 2017, the writing was on the wall that younger players like Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black had passed him.
This is a bit of a blow to Michigan’s receiving corps, considering Crawford was a potential starter somewhere on the field. The upcoming season will probably see Peoples-Jones and Black start on the outside, with junior Grant Perry in the slot. Crawford is physically capable of playing any of those spots, and as we saw last season, an injury like Black’s could thrust the next guy into the starting lineup for long periods of time. However, the Wolverines have recruited well at wide receiver – including backups Nico Collins and Oliver Martin – so Crawford’s departure may not be noticed too much in the long run.
Michigan is now down to 85 scholarship players for the 2018 season (LINK), which means nobody else needs to leave to get down to the limit.
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