With Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class being bigger than originally thought, and with several players transferring in, it was only a matter of time before more current soon-to-be fifth-year seniors announced their departure from the school.
Today’s announcement comes from tight end Ian Bunting, who posted on Instagram his intentions to transfer and get his graduate degree.
This has been a very difficult decision, but I have decided to forgo my 5th year at the University of Michigan in order to play football and earn a graduate degree elsewhere. I have obtained my release. To my family, teammates, coaches, Michigan fans, and the University of Michigan, I will forever be thankful for the support you’ve given me over the years here in Ann Arbor. This place will always be a special one for me and it has been the experience of a lifetime. Michigan has given me the opportunity to grow not only as an athlete and a student, but as a man. Thank you, Michigan. #NMWWAWAT
The redshirt junior did not heavily contribute to the team this year, as Sean McKeon and Zach Gentry leaped over Bunting and Tyrone Wheatley Jr. on the depth chart. With Nick Eubanks coming back healthy next season, and with several freshman tight ends coming into the program, this seemed like an easy decision to make for Bunting if he wants to get more playing time.
Over his career as a Wolverine, Bunting had 11 receptions for 124 yards and no touchdowns. He had just one catch for six yards in 2017. His most notable game as a Wolverine came in the 2016 Orange Bowl against Florida State. After Jake Butt tore his ACL early in the game, Bunting came in and snagged three receptions for 40 yards.
As always with transfers, we wish nothing but the best for Bunting as he moves forward in his college football career!