Michigan Football: Tarik Black transfer is disappointing, not surprising

Tarik Black has put his name into the transfer portal and why it wasn’t surprising, it was disappointing for Michigan football.

With Tarik Black, you could see the writing on the wall. The talented Michigan football receiver grew unhappy with his role and it showed.

The same guy that burst onto the scene in 2017, before injuries struck, just was never the same. There were flashes. But the consistency was never there and neither was the glimpse of dominance we saw when he was a freshman.

The drops and the mental errors started to pile up. Black seemed to be open a lot, however, he struggled to come down with the 50/50 ball. He also struggled with simple things, like not running his route past the first down marker on third down against Ohio State.

He was stopped a yard short and on the next play, Michigan football was stopped on fourth-and-one, ending any hope of a rally.

While Black was healthy this season, his production was disappointing. The former four-star wideout caught just 25 passes for 323 yards and one touchdown. He was also passed on the depth chart by Ronnie Bell. Others such as Giles Jackson, Mike Sainristil and Cornelius Johnson were right on his heels too.

So it wasn’t a huge surprise when it was announced that Black had put his name into the transfer portal. After he was projected to be a third-round pick in a mock draft by the Bleacher Report, it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see him enter the draft.

In fact, it might be a better move.

If Black transfers, he would need a waiver to play next season, unless he graduates in three years or goes to the FCS. Maybe he will go that route. It may have been smarter just to bet on his talent and take his chances with the NFL because sitting out a year won’t help with that.

A change of scenery could be good, but it’s disappointing. If Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins declare for the NFL draft as many expect, Black could have been the top outside receiver.

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Instead, that role may end up going to Johnson as the Wolverines transition more to the speed-in-space offense Josh Gattis talked about when he was hired.

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