Ex-Wolverine Player Updates: Post-2018 Recap

Ex-Wolverine Player Updates: Post-2018 Recap

January 2, 2019

Keith Washington (#28, image via Zimbio)

At this point in Michigan’s program, along with the college football landscape, there are too many players to include in one post. There are at least 53 players who have either transferred or decommitted from Michigan in the last five full classes (2014-2018), plus the incomplete 2019 class. So I’m temporarily breaking up this concept into three separate posts, one for transfers, one for former commits, and one for coaches. It’s a lot easier to manage during the season when people are injured, redshirting, etc.


Devin Asiasi, TE (UCLA): Asiasi was second on the depth chart at tight end behind Caleb Wilson, who was the team’s leading receiver. Asiasi himself made 6 catches for 130 yards (21.7 YPC) and 1 touchdown. UCLA went 3-9 and missed out on bowl eligibility.

Ian Bunting, TE (Cal): Bunting was Cal’s leading tight end, finishing with 18 catches for 195 yards (10.8 YPC) and 0 touchdowns. Cal went 7-6.

Freddy Canteen, WR (Tulane): Canteen – who had injuries at Michigan, transferred to Notre Dame, had more injuries at Notre Dame, and then transferred to Tulane – missed the 2018 season with yet another shoulder injury. His spate of injuries may allow him to apply for a sixth year of eligibility in 2019 if he wants to continue playing.

Brian Cole, S (Mississippi State): Cole played in the first five games of the season for Mississippi State until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year. During those five games, he made 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 10 kickoff returns for 225 yards (22.5 yards/return). Mississippi State went 8-4.

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Kekoa Crawford, WR (Cal): Crawford sat out the 2018 season and did not play football anywhere, but he announced he would be transferring to Cal.

Andrew David, K (TCU): David played in ten games in 2018, punting 29 times for 1,074 yards (37.0 yards/attempt). TCU went 7-6.

Kingston Davis, RB (UAB): Davis played in three games at the beginning of the year, rushing 22 times for 88 yards (4.0 YPC) and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he was charged with some criminal behavior and did not play for the remainder of the year; he was not on UAB’s roster by the end of the season. UAB went 11-3 and won the Conference USA Championship in just its second year, after the program was suspended in 2015 and 2016.

David Dawson, OG (Grand Valley State): Dawson played out his college eligibility at Grand Valley State in 2018. GVSU went 10-2.

Ja’Raymond Hall, OG (Central Michigan): Hall sat out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules, watching the Chippewas go 1-11. Head coach John Bonamego was fired and replaced by Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain.

James Hudson, OT (Cincinnati): Hudson left Michigan’s program in the middle of the 2018 season and announced he would transfer to Cincinnati, where he will presumably have to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Deron Irving-Bey, DT (Central Michigan): Like Hall (see above), Irving-Bey sat out the 2018 season and should be eligible to play in 2019.

Nate Johnson, WR (Arizona Western Junior College): Johnson had 1 punt return for 1 yard during the 2018 season, but he was not on the roster by the end of the year.

Alex Malzone, QB (Miami-OH): Malzone was the backup QB at Miami-OH in 2018, attempting 4 passes and completing 0 of them. Starter Gus Ragland is graduating, so Malzone may step into the starting role if the RedHawks don’t find a better option.

Eddie McDoom, WR (South Florida): McDoom redshirted at USF in 2018, as required by the NCAA. South Florida had an odd season as they started 7-0 and finished 7-6.

Ahmir Mitchell, WR (Fort Scott Community College): Mitchell caught 7 passes for 73 yards (10.4 YPC) during the 2018 season. Many JUCO players sign in December, but he has not yet announced any plans to sign with another program.

Drew Singleton, LB (Rutgers): Singleton transferred to and signed with Rutgers in the December signing period. He will have to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Aubrey Solomon, DT (Tennessee): Solomon made 6 tackles at Michigan during the season but announced he would transfer prior to the bowl game. He signed with Tennessee in the December signing period and will presumably have to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Wilton Speight, QB (UCLA): Speight was a part-time starter and played in seven games, finishing 126/208 (60.6%) for 1,527 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions; he also ran 39 times for 27 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Bruins were 2-5 in Speight’s games, and 1-4 without him.

Kurt Taylor, RB: Taylor left Michigan’s program late in the year with plans to transfer, but he has not yet announced a destination. He never played in the two seasons he was at Michigan.

Kareem Walker, RB (Fort Scott Community College/Mississippi State): Walker ran the ball 64 times for 207 yards (3.2 YPC) and 1 touchdown during the 2018 season. He signed on to transfer to Mississippi State in December.

Keith Washington, CB (West Virginia): Washington made 40 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions (for 52 yards and 1 touchdown), 1 forced fumble, and 9 pass breakups. WVU went 8-5 on the year.

Maurice Ways, Jr., WR (Cal): Ways made 34 catches for 383 yards (11.3 YPC) and 1 touchdown as a grad transfer at Cal, who went 7-6 on the year.

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., TE (Stony Brook): Wheatley made 6 catches for 36 yards (6.0 YPC) during the season.

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