Michigan Football: Breaking down latest transfers for Wolverines

Michigan football lost two players to the transfer portal on Monday and here’s a breakdown of what it means for the Wolverines. 

Transfers are becoming more and more prevalent in college football and on Tuesday alone, the Michigan football program had two players enter the transfer portal.

One of them was veteran safety Hunter Reynolds, a former walk-on who worked his way onto the field last season for U-M.

The other player Michigan football lost to the portal is William Mohan, a three-star freshman recruit from the 2020 class. He never played a down for the Wolverines but was recruited to Michigan as a Viper.

And while it’s always a bummer to see players leave in the portal, sometimes the fit just isn’t there and that seems to be the case in these situations.

In three seasons, Reynolds played mostly on special teams for the Wolverines but did see some action at safety last season and wound up with 15 tackles.

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However, it was going to be hard for him to reach the top of the depth chart and Reynolds was able to get on the field due to injuries more than anything else. He was a tough kid and he deserves a place where he can get a regular chance to play, which wasn’t at Michigan.

The loss of Mohan maybe stings a little bit more, but not really if you look at his recruitment and what his role was going to be at U-M.

Mohan was a top-500 recruit, so it’s not as if he was a low-ranking three-star prospect and leading into last season, he was even getting praise from Brown as a player to watch.

But once Brown was let go, that probably ensured that some players were going to leave in the portal, especially at linebacker because the defenses are just different.

The role of the Viper, a position that was essentially exclusive to Brown’s defense, doesn’t exist anymore in Mike Macdonald’s defense and that’s the biggest reason for the move in my opinion.

It wouldn’t be shocking to me if Mohan ended up out in Arizona with Brown, but the 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety is probably a better fit elsewhere, which is why it makes sense.