The Michigan Wolverines running back room got a bit lighter this weekend with the news that third-year running back Christian Turner would enter the transfer portal. He announced the move via social media on Saturday.
“My last three years at the University of Michigan have taught me so much and has allowed me to become the man I am today,” Turner wrote on Twitter.
“I am thankful to all the coaches and staff at the university who have poured into me over these last couple of years. I am thankful to the fans, teammates, and the lifetime connections I have made while attending Michigan.”
Turner, who was a three-star prospect in the class of 2018, originally had opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns but then decided to return after the season was reinstated. He played in 14 career games at Michigan and only once this season in a special teams role in the loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 14.
Michigan’s running back rotation this year featured the likes of Hassan Haskins, Zach Charbonnet, Chris Evans and Blake Corum. Evans will presumably be gone after this season as a senior, though it’s possible he could return with eligibility paused for this year across the country due to the pandemic. Joining the room for next season is recently-signed Donovan Edwards, so it once again is a crowded set of backs.
Turner is the third announced transfer in the last week or so with offensive lineman Zach Carpenter and punter Will Hart entering the portal.