On Thursday, it was announced that Ole Miss star running back Quinshon Judkins would be entering the transfer portal in search of a new home ahead of his junior season. Quickly, speculation began as to where he could be playing next season, and Brad Crawford of 247Sports mentioned Michigan as a potential school to watch.
While Michigan hasn’t been rumored to be in the mix for Judkins up to this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Wolverines in the market for his services. Here’s what Crawford had to say on why Judkins could make some sense in Ann Arbor:
With Big Ten superstar Blake Corum likely heading to the 2024 NFL Draft and the possibility of Donovan Edwards doing the same, the Wolverines have an extreme need for a table-setter in the backfield behind what expects to be one of college football’s top offensive lines in 2024. Part of the reason Judkins’ numbers went down a bit on the ground this season was due to the Rebels’ inconsistencies up front, but Michigan’s had a reliable front throughout Jim Harbaugh’s tenure and the Wolverines take the ground-and-pound mentality to the extreme.
Judkins has been one of the best running backs in all of college football over the last two seasons. In 2022, Judkins was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was also named the SEC Newcomer of the Year. He finished his freshman campaign with 1,567 yards on the ground with 16 touchdowns.
His yardage total took a slight dip this past season, as he only ran for 1,158 yards on three fewer carries. However, he still managed to find the end zone 15 times while also seeing his receiving workload increase slightly.
This move by Judkins comes as a bit of a surprise, given that Ole Miss has been pretty active in the portal this offseason and will return loads of production next season. The Rebels should be a threat to be championship contenders next year, but Judkins has the chance to make a real difference elsewhere in 2024.
Perhaps Michigan is that place next season for Judkins. But if not, Michigan fans should not worry, as the Wolverines will still have Kalel Mullings, Ben Hall, Cole Cabana, and two highly regarded true freshmen in Jordan Marshall and Micah Ka’apana. And who knows — perhaps Donovan Edwards will return for one last chance to be RB1 in Ann Arbor.
So, while Judkins would be a really nice addition to Michigan’s running back room in 2024, it isn’t crucial for Mike Hart and company to go out and get a star player at the position in the transfer portal.