Two more Wolverines departing, another on the fence
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Since the end of the regular season on Saturday, the Wolverines have been hit with a string of departures, which started with Wilton Speight and Drake Harris announcing their plans to continue their college playing careers elsewhere as graduate transfers. That list grew by two more on Wednesday with yet another player still considering his options.

Quarterback Alex Malzone revealed that he will graduate this spring, giving him two years remaining at another school. Malzone played in only the Minnesota game this season, but did not attempt a pass.

“It was a dream of mine to play for the University of Michigan and it’s been an honor to wear the winged helmet,” Malzone said on Instagram. “I will be graduating in April and will become a graduate transfer with 2 years left to play.

“Thank you to the Michigan coaching staff that has helped me mature and develop over these years. I’ve had great experiences with this team and have made relationships that will last a lifetime. I’m excited to continue my journey playing this great game.”

The Monday after Speight was injured at Purdue, head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed that John O’Korn, Brandon Peters and true freshman Christian McCaffrey were the Wolverines’ top three quarterbacks. With Speight and Malzone gone, Peters and McCaffrey remain the favorites to battle for the position, with a pair of true freshmen verbally committed to join the group.

Also announcing his plans to depart on Wednesday was wide receiver Maurice Ways, who mostly saw action as a blocker during his career, pulling in just eight catches. Ways will also be a graduate transfer, allowing him to play immediately at another school for one season.

“I will miss running out of the tunnel and hitting the banner as ‘Hail to The Victors’ plays while 100,000+ are screaming and yelling ‘Go Blue,’ Ways said on Instagram, while adding thanks to both coaches and fans. “This has been an unforgettable 4 years and I’m excited for the blessings God has in store for me at my next school for my 5th year.”

Finally, things are a bit more unclear for true freshman JaRaymond Hall, who had reports surface about him Tuesday evening indicating that he would also transfer. Hall himself offered a soft denial of those reports, stating on he had not made up his mind on the matter.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support, but I have made no decision on my future, and remain a current member of the Michigan football team,” Hall said on Twitter. “My coaches and I have been in constant communication and we share an understanding about my future that I feel comfortable with.”


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