Michigan reserve linebacker enters NCAA transfer portal

With the Michigan football team back in Ann Arbor and clearing out lockers, another player has elected to move on.

Freshman linebacker Deuce Spurlock entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal on Monday, a team spokesman confirmed to MLive, after just one season with the Wolverines.

Spurlock will have four seasons remaining and, because this is his first transfer, be immediately eligible to play elsewhere in 2023.

In an announcement on social media confirming the move, Spurlock wrote that he and his parents “sat down recently to discuss my future endeavors as a student-athlete,” prompting the move to enter the portal.

The 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker appeared in just two games during Michigan’s 2022 season, non-conference tilts against Hawaii and UConn, and earned scout team player of the week honors twice.

A former three-star prospect, Spurlock came to Michigan from Madison, Alabama, where he was a two-way player who starred at safety and receiver. He had 186 tackles (27 for a loss), eight sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble as a senior, earning a consensus three-star ranking from the recruiting sites.

Michigan has beefed up its edge rushing depth in the last year, adding transfer Eyabi Okie (Tennessee-Martin) to a group that included Braiden McGregor, Jaylen Harrell and Mike Morris. True freshman Derrick Moore also saw extended playing time this year.

UPDATES … Two previous Michigan transfer portal entries have found new homes in recent weeks. Tight end Louis Hansen will play next year at UConn, while defensive lineman George Rooks has committed to Boston College.

… Spurlock’s decision to transfer marks the sixth Michigan player to enter the portal since the start of the 2022 season. The Wolverines have added seven new players from the portal in recent weeks.

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