Written by Matt Pargoff   

“These past four years (have) been nothing less than an unforgettable journey,” Higdon posted on Instagram. “I've come in as a young man with little knowledge and I now leave as a Michigan man full of advice and wise words to share. I've battled many trials and tribulations while accomplishing many milestones and leaving my footprints at the University of Michigan.

“After a thorough evaluation between my parents and the UM staff, we have deemed that it is in my best interest to not play in the Peach Bowl and to utilize this time to get prepared to pursue my dreams in the NFL. To all my fans and supporters I thank you for the amount of support to not just me but this 2018 team.”

Higdon led the way for Michigan in his final year, carrying the ball 224 times for 1,220 yards and 10 touchdowns. Playing in 39 games in his career, he racked up 2,616 yards, reaching the end zone 27 times. He finishes as Michigan’s 14th all-time leading rusher, having passed Russell Davis and Ricky Powers in his final game.

Prior to this year, the growing trend in college football for players eyeing a move to the next level to forgo playing in bowl games has left Michigan untouched. Higdon though is the second Wolverine to take a pass on the final game for voluntary reasons, joining defensive end Rashan Gary, who announced he was leaving early for the NFL.

The Maize and Blue will be without a third major contributor as well, with linebacker Devin Bush announcing his early departure and revealing that he would not play against Florida due to a lingering hip injury suffered at Ohio State.

With Higdon out, the Wolverines will turn to backups Chris Evans and Tru Wilson, who combined for 133 carries for 771 yards during the regular season. The change in the lineup will also provide an opportunity for true freshman Christian Turner to get more work, and do so without sacrificing a redshirt option, as he played in only two games this fall.

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