Christian Turner, Ex-Wolverine

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19Dec 2020
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Christian Turner, Ex-Wolverine

Christian Turner (image via Toledo Blade)

Redshirt sophomore running back Christian Turner announced on Saturday that he was entering the NCAA transfer portal.

Turner came to Michigan from Buford (GA) Buford in 2018. He was a 3-star, the #22 running back, and #508 overall. He notched 20 carries for 95 yards and 1 catch for 16 yards as a freshman; then he had 44 carries for 171 yards and 1 touchdown, plus 4 catches for 13 yards, in 2019. He initially opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID concerns but then re-joined the team, though he was relegated to special teams.

I gave Turner a TTB Rating out of high school (LINK), but every class since then has included a better prospect. And it doesn’t help that Turner’s classmate, Hassan Haskins, has outplayed his ranking and taken over the primary role at Michigan.

Michigan couldn’t find room for Turner to play in a deep backfield in 2020, and that’s unlikely to change in 2021. Turner will get more of an opportunity to touch the ball somewhere else. Usually, players transfer somewhere closer to home, so I would expect him to resurface somewhere down south, perhaps in the ACC or the Sun Belt.

Here’s the 2021 scholarship count with Turner removed (LINK), as well as Jalen Mayfield (NFL) and Zach Carpenter (transfer).

10Dec 2020
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Zach Carpenter, Ex-Wolverine

Zach Carpenter (#58, image via Twitter)

Redshirt freshman center Zach Carpenter announced on Twitter that he is entering the transfer portal.

I initially gave Carpenter a TTB Rating of 73 (LINK) before bumping him up to 83 (LINK). Carpenter redshirted in 2019 and was expected by some (including me) to be the starter in 2020, but an injury led to him being a backup to Andrew Vastardis for the first several games of the year. After Vastardis got hurt, Carpenter started the final two games of the regular season against Rutgers and Penn State. I thought he performed fairly well and was more stout and athletic than Vastardis, though he did miss some stunts in pass protection that looked like standard mistakes for a young center.

Michigan is in a bit of a precarious position going into 2021. Vastardis is a fifth year senior who could presumably return in 2021, since the 2020 season is essentially null and void. Otherwise, Michigan might be reliant on Nolan Rumler (who has mostly practiced at guard), freshman Reece Atteberry, and class of 2021 commits Raheem Anderson II and Greg Crippen.

This is one of the stranger transfers over the years, right up there with tight end Devin Asiasi. Carpenter waited until the end of his second year, while Asiasi only spent one year in Ann Arbor, but both played quite a bit and were on the verge of starting the next season.

Then poof, they were gone.

Carpenter is the second class of 2019 signee to depart, joining linebacker Charles Thomas. Here’s a link to the scholarship count (LINK).

19Oct 2020
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Charles Thomas, Ex-Wolverine

Charles Thomas

Redshirt freshman linebacker Charles Thomas has entered the transfer portal. Thomas committed to Michigan in June of 2017 as a part of the class of 2019 (LINK). Despite some early optimism, I gave him a TTB Rating of 69 largely because he just can’t run very well (LINK).

Hit the jump for more on Thomas’s departure.

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1Oct 2020
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Osman Savage, Ex-Wolverine

Osman Savage

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Freshman linebacker Osman Savage has entered the transfer portal, presumably ending his Michigan career before it ever got started. A product of Baltimore (MD) St. Frances, he was a 247 Composite 4-star, the #18 outside linebacker, and #300 overall.

Savage was one of three signees from St. Frances, joining running back Blake Corum and fellow linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green. Both of his high school teammates have been generating some buzz here in the early going, but I had not heard much about Savage, for whatever reason. He did enter college heavier than I expected – reportedly in the 240+ range – so I’m not sure if that has factored into his place on the depth chart or other experiences so far.

Savage is the second 2020 signee to depart from Michigan already, joining Aaron Lewis, who landed at Rutgers.