Ex-Wolverine Player Updates: Spring 2021

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5Apr 2021
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Ex-Wolverine Player Updates: Spring 2021

Zach Charbonnet (image via MLive)

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TRANSFERS

Jordan Anthony, LB (transfer portal): Anthony has been in the transfer portal for over a year. He last played for Michigan in 2019.

Tarik Black, WR (Texas): Black caught 10 passes for 240 yards and 1 touchdown in 2020. He is returning to Texas for his fifth year of college eligibility.

Zach Carpenter, C (Indiana): Carpenter is listed as a 6’5″, 320 lb. lineman for Indiana. He transferred immediately after the 2020 season.

Zach Charbonnet, RB (UCLA): Charbonnet ran 19 times for 124 yards and 1 touchdown for Michigan in 2020 and signed with the Bruins as a transfer.

Kekoa Crawford, WR (Cal): Crawford is listed as a 6’1″, 195 lb. sixth-year senior for the Golden Bears. He caught 19 passes for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2020.

Devin Gil, LB (South Florida): Gil opted out of the 2020 season and is transferring, though a destination has not yet been announced.

Ja’Raymond Hall, OT (CMU): Hall is retired after having some injury issues.

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9Jan 2020
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Tru Wilson, Ex-Wolverine

Tru Wilson (image via Michigan Daily)

Rising fifth year senior Tru Wilson announced on Twitter that he plans to become a graduate transfer at another school in 2020. Wilson is listed at 5’11” and 200 lbs. He was tied for the third-most carries on Michigan’s team in 2019 (44 carries, 221 yards, 1 TD).

Wilson came to Michigan as a preferred walk-on in the 2016 class after being named a Semper Fi All-American. It’s rare that an All-American of that sort has to be a walk-on, but he spurned offers from the service academies to pay his own way to Ann Arbor. He found his way onto the field by being a solid pass blocker and a dependable runner (107 attempts, 586 yards, 2 TD), even though his speed was lacking. One of the best things he did was spell Michigan’s top backs during blowouts or against lesser teams, so the top guys could get a breather and stay healthy.

Heading into his fifth year, Wilson’s talents were somewhat redundant. Michigan has the pass blocker in Zach Charbonnet, who will be just a sophomore. Michigan has the reliable between-the-tackles guy in Hassan Haskins, who will be a redshirt sophomore. Add in potentially dynamic freshman Blake Corum, a Chris Evans returning from academic issues, and scatback Christian Turner, and the Wolverines have decent depth at the position.

Still, it was an odd career arc from Wilson:

  • High school All-American
  • Walk-on
  • 1 carry for 1 yard in 2016
  • Redshirt in 2017
  • Key backup role in 2018
  • Declared starter going into 2019
  • Broken hand in 2019 pre-season
  • T-3rd most carries on team
  • Transfer

Here are some highlights of Wilson’s 2018 season for those of you yearning for some football video:

3Nov 2019
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Michigan 38, Maryland 7

Hassan Haskins (image via Detroit Free Press)

Emotional letdown. Watching as a fan, I did not take as much pleasure in this 38-7 victory as I normally would. Maybe that’s what happens after a big game against Penn State and a beatdown of Notre Dame in a night game. People talked about it potentially being a trap game for Michigan’s players, but I guess it was for me as a fan, too. Michigan played well overall, but there wasn’t a lot of juice. Other than the opening kickoff return, there weren’t many big plays. It was a solid beating, but Michigan didn’t exactly run roughshod over the Terrapins. It wasn’t death by a thousand papercuts, but it was close.

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10Oct 2019
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Michigan vs. Iowa Awards

Aidan Hutchinson and Kwity Paye (image via Wolverines Wire)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Tru Wilson. Wilson had 4 carries for 28 yards in a little bit of action on Saturday. One reason he has not played much so far this year is because of a broken hand he suffered in camp. Another reason is that freshman Zach Charbonnet has shown promise, but Charbonnet has some vision issues and hasn’t developed the patience required.

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8Oct 2019
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Snapshots: Inside inside zone

Zach Charbonnet

I barely have time to write my regular posts during the week, so here’s a quickie post about inside zone and some of the struggles Michigan is having.

First, here’s a bird’s eye view of Zach Charbonnet running inside zone:

Next, here’s a look at senior Tru Wilson running split zone:

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