Michigan football had two players announce they were leaving as graduate transfers Thursday, including running back Tru Wilson.
Tru Wilson isn’t a guy that would be labeled as a major contributor for Michigan football the past two seasons. But as he announced his departure from the program Thursday via his Twitter account, he will be missed.
During his four years with Michigan football, Wilson only carried the ball 107 times, with 106 attempts taking place over the last two seasons. But in both years, Wilson averaged more than five yards per attempt.
He’s a viable Big Ten running back and that could be why he decided to transfer. It could be related to school. A lot of times these things are related to better playing opportunities and that would be understandable.
I appreciate everything the University of Michigan has done for me these last 4 years. I will graduate in the spring and will transfer to finish my last year of college football. God bless and Forever Go Blue🙏🏽〽️ pic.twitter.com/glfsHsHeUu
— Tru Wilson (@T_Wilson003) January 9, 2020
While Wilson was a reliable ball carrier for the Wolverines, even as the No. 3 guy the past two seasons, his biggest asset to the offense may have been his pass-blocking skills.
Even against Alabama and Ohio State, Wilson had some chances in pass protection and with the way that Hassan Haskins and Zach Charbonnet sometimes missed assignments, you could see why.
Those guys both got better and Charbonnet especially should be able to lock down that role in the future, possibly along with Chris Evans. But it’s something Wilson does well and on the right team, it could help give him a role.
That along with his ability to run and catch the ball should give him a good opportunity somewhere and as a Michigan football fan, he’s a guy I’m sad to see go.
But with Haskins, Charbonnet, Evans and Blake Corum, it makes sense.
Wilson wasn’t the only guy to transfer or at least announce his intent to transfer as defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell is also leaving as a graduate transfer. Both he and Wilson will be able to play immediately.
Neither loss seems too significant in terms of the depth chart, but of the two guys, Wilson is the one that will be harder to replace.