Nov 21, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Joe Milton (5) throws the ball against Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive lineman Mike Tverdov (97) and defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour (99) during the first half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ex-Michigan QB Joe Milton headed to Tennessee

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Former Michigan quarterback Joe Milton has transferred to Tennessee, multiple outlets reported Monday.

While new coach Josh Heupel hasn’t confirmed the move, Tennessee-focused website Volquest confirmed he is listed in the school’s student directory. He is expected to begin classes during the summer semester.

Milton is a graduate transfer but has three years of eligibility remaining. He announced his decision to enter the transfer portal in February on Twitter.

Milton was named the Wolverines starter for 2020 before being replaced by Cade McNamara for the final two games of the season. Milton completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,077 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Michigan finished 2-4 last season.

The Volunteers were 3-7 and fired coach Jeremy Pruitt after the season following an investigation into allegations of recruiting improprieties. The quarterback position never was settled in 2020, with Pruitt using five quarterbacks, each of whom appeared in four or more games.

Jarrett Guarantano, who took most of the snaps for Tennessee last season, transferred to Washington State, and JT Shrout moved on to Colorado. Still, with the addition of Milton, Tennessee’s quarterback room would be a who’s who of former standout high school players, including returnees Harrison Bailey and Brian Maurer, and Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker.

The 6-foot-5 Milton, who is from Florida, was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018.

–Field Level Media

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Michigan WR Giles Jackson enters transfer portal

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Michigan wide receiver Giles Jackson announced Monday that he has entered the transfer after playing two seasons for the Wolverines.

It was believed Jackson would receive a bigger role in 2021 but he is now seeking more playing time at his next destination.

“After many long nights of deep thought, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal,” Jackson wrote on Instagram before giving thanks to coaches, teammates and others at the school.

Jackson caught 24 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown in 18 games over the past two seasons. He also rushed for one score.

Jackson was making an impact as a kick returner with two touchdowns and a 26.4 average on 37 returns in his two campaigns.

He is from Antioch, Calif., not far from Oakland, so a transfer to a West Coast school is a possible alternative. Due to the 2020 “free year” because of the coronavirus pandemic, Jackson has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

According to multiple Detroit-area publications, Jackson is the seventh player to enter the transfer portal since mid-January.

–Field Level Media

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Ex-Texas Tech QB Alan Bowman transfers to Michigan

Former Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman is transferring to Michigan, he announced Sunday.

“Lets get to work!! #GoBlue,” he captioned a photo he posted on Twitter that showed him wearing a Michigan uniform.

A graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately, and he has three years of eligibility remaining.

The arrival of a veteran quarterback should be welcome news to coach Jim Harbaugh.

Joe Milton, who started the 2020 season as Michigan’s quarterback, entered the transfer portal 10 days ago, becoming the second QB to leave the program. Dylan McCaffrey opted out of the 2020 season and since transferred to Northern Colorado, where he’ll play for his father, former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey.

Bowman becomes the fourth scholarship quarterback on Michigan’s roster, joining Cade McNamara, redshirt freshman Dan Villari and incoming freshman J.J. McCarthy, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2021.

Bowman played in 19 games over three seasons with the Red Raiders. He was the starter for four games in 2020, then replaced by transfer Henry Colombi. A partially collapsed lung in 2018 limited him to eight games, and he played in three games in 2019 before taking a redshirt after suffering a shoulder injury.

At Texas Tech, Bowman had a 67 percent completion rate, throwing for 5,254 yards with 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Nov 18, 2017; Madison, WI, USA; An Michigan Wolverines helmet during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star CB Will Johnson commits to Michigan

Michigan landed the top-ranked player in the state in the Class of 2022 on Sunday with the commitment of five-star cornerback Will Johnson.

The 6-foot-3 Johnson, who attends Grosse Pointe South High School, is the No. 11 overall prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.

He announced his decision with a video posted to social media.

Johnson had offers from numerous Power Five programs and selected the Wolverines over rival Ohio State and Southern California.

His father, Deon Johnson, was a defensive back at Michigan in the 1991 and 1992 seasons.

Michigan is off to a good start in the 2022 recruiting cycle, holding the No. 10-ranked class so far, according to 247Sports.

–Field Level Media

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Michigan AD Warde Manuel receives five-year extension

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel received a five-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday.

The deal, which was approved by the University of Michigan Board of Regents, runs through June 30, 2026. Manuel’s salary will be increased to $1.1 million on March 14, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The 52-year-old Manuel earned $940,500 in 2020 after taking a voluntary 10 percent pay cut due to athletic department revenue shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manuel’s current contract was slated to expire on March 13.

Manuel retained football coach Jim Harbaugh after a 2-4 season in 2020 and scored well with his hiring of former Michigan star Juwan Howard as the school’s men’s basketball coach in 2019. Howard’s team is 14-1 and ranked No. 3 entering Thursday night’s game against visiting Rutgers.

Manuel was athletic director at Buffalo (2005-12) and Connecticut (2012-16) before taking the Michigan job. He also played defensive end at Michigan in the late 1980s.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2020; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Joe Milton (5) throws the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan QB Joe Milton enters transfer portal

Michigan quarterback Joe Milton has entered the transfer portal as a graduate and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

The third-year player took to Twitter to announce his decision.

“I want to thank Coach [Jim] Harbaugh for giving me that opportunity to come play for a program with lots of tradition,” Milton posted, in part.

Milton was named the starter for the 2020 season before being replaced by Cade McNamara for the final two games of the season. Milton completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,077 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

As a grad transfer, Milton will be able to play immediately. Milton had not used his redshirt season yet and the NCAA granted an extra year, giving Milton three.

Michigan finished 2-4.

Milton is the second quarterback to transfer from the program since last fall. Dylan McCaffrey opted out of the 2020 season and since transferred to Northern Colorado, where he’ll play for his father, former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey.

The Wolverines have three scholarship quarterbacks: McNamara, redshirt freshman Dan Villari and incoming freshman J.J. McCarthy. An Illinois native, McCarthy was a five-star prospect in the Class of 2021, ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and the No. 24 overall player in the nation by the 247Sports composite.

–Field Level Media

Nov 18, 2017; Madison, WI, USA; An Michigan Wolverines helmet during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan hires Ravens assistant Mike Macdonald as DC

Michigan announced the hiring Sunday of Mike Macdonald as Jim Harbaugh’s new defensive coordinator.

Macdonald, 35, spent the past seven seasons with the Baltimore Ravens as an assistant coach under John Harbaugh, the last three as the linebackers coach.

The Ravens’ season ended Saturday with a 17-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills in an AFC divisional round game.

“Mike is an excellent defensive mind who is highly respected across the NFL,” Jim Harbaugh said in a news release. “He has been a valuable member of the Baltimore Ravens staff, and shown a passion for teaching, coaching and developing his players. We are excited about everything that Mike brings to our defense, team and university.”

In Ann Arbor, Macdonald replaces Don Brown, who was dismissed in December after five seasons. The Wolverines went 2-4 in 2020 and surrendered 34.5 points per game.

“It is an honor to join Coach Harbaugh’s staff at the University of Michigan,” Macdonald said. “I firmly believe in his vision and am excited to get to work. Our staff will work tirelessly to develop our young men both on and off the field — I cannot wait to meet and develop relationships with our players, staff, and community.”

Before he started coaching Baltimore’s linebackers in 2018, Macdonald was a defensive assistant for two seasons in 2015-16 and a coaching intern in 2014.

Prior to joining the Ravens, he worked for three seasons under head coach Mark Richt at his alma mater Georgia from 2011-13.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  General view at Michigan Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan hires rushing leader Mike Hart as RB coach

Mike Hart, Michigan’s all-time rushing leader, is returning to Ann Arbor.

Hart will take over as the running backs coach on Jim Harbaugh’s staff, the school announced Wednesday. He held the same position at Indiana the past four years.

“Michigan has always held a special place in my heart,” Hart said in a statement. “It is a place that always believed in me and a place that I have always believed in. I am excited to join Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff, and can’t wait to get to work with a talented running back group.”

Harbaugh added in a statement, “I am excited about the addition of Mike Hart to our offensive coaching staff. Mike is a great coach and Michigan Man who has shown the ability to develop and elevate the performance of the running backs that he has mentored.”

Hart starred for Michigan from 2004-07, racking up a program-best 5,040 yards on 1,015 carries and running for 41 touchdowns. He was the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and made three All-Big Ten first teams.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Colts in 2008, Hart appeared in 21 games over three seasons in Indianapolis, making one start. He produced 264 yards and two touchdowns on 71 carries.

Hart, 34, subsequently served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Syracuse before landing at Indiana.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan State Spartans running back Jordon Simmons (22) is tackled by DUPLICATE***Michigan Wolverines defensive back Joshua Luther (44)***Michigan Wolverines linebacker Cameron McGrone (44) in the first half at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan MLB McGrone, K Nordin declare for NFL draft

Michigan middle linebacker Cameron McGrone and kicker Quinn Nordin both announced Tuesday that they are entering the NFL draft.

McGrone had 26 tackles in five games this season before he sustained a season-ending leg injury against Rutgers on Nov. 21. He recorded 66 tackles and four sacks in 13 games in 2019 as a sophomore.

McGrone summed up his experience at Michigan in his announcement on Twitter.

“I am proud of my development and ready for my next challenge,” he said. “After discussions with my family and careful thought, consideration and prayer, I have made the decision to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.”

Nordin was just 2 of 5 on field goals in four games this season. Overall, he made 42 of 58 for Michigan, topped by a 19-for-24 effort in 2017.

Nordin matched the school record with a 57-yard boot against Alabama in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2020. Hayden Epstein made a 57-yarder in 2001.

Shark Sports Management announced Nordin’s declaration with the kicker confirming it by saying “Time to go to work.”

–Field Level Media