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Michigan starting offensive lineman enters the transfer portal

Carpenter started the last two games for Michigan.

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The Michigan Wolverines will be losing one of their most promising young offensive linemen, as it was reported by the Detroit Free Press on Thursday evening that redshirt freshman Zach Carpenter has entered the transfer portal.

Carpenter, who started the last two games for the Wolverines in place of Andrew Vastardis, was being groomed to be the center of the future for Michigan, so to say this is surprising is an understatement. News of his rise through the depth chart started to surface last year during practices ahead of the Citrus Bowl and continued into the leadup of this season, where he lost out on the job to a fifth-year senior in Vastardis after dealing with a preseason injury.

Carpenter was a three-star recruit and the No. 554 player in the country in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. We will have more on this story as it develops, but this one is pretty notable.