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Joe Milton announces transfer from Michigan

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He has graduated and will pursue three years playing time elsewhere.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Rutgers Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Milton has played his last down of football as a quarterback with the Michigan Wolverines. He announced on Thursday that he would be entering the transfer portal and seeking a new destination for his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility.

“I want to thank Coach Harbaugh for giving me that opportunity to come play for a program with lots of tradition. I have bonds with my brothers that will last forever, I have decided to enter the transfer portal As a Grad transfer with three years of eligibility,” Milton tweeted on Thursday.

Milton started the 2020 season with a bang for the Wolverines in a blowout win over Minnesota, but he and the offense were unable to carry over that performance to the rest of the season. He was expected to battle this offseason for the starting job with Cade McNamara and incoming five-star freshman J.J. McCarthy.

Milton came into Michigan as a four-star recruit in the 2018 class. Long seen as a prospect with a big arm that needed to be honed in and developed, Milton was given his opportunity to grow into the job last offseason. However, touch on his throws and accuracy was a problem, as well as other execution problems offensively.

With his transfer, Harbaugh’s first three true quarterback recruits (Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey, Milton) have all transferred out of the program after being brought in. This sets up the quarterback battle this fall to come down to McNamara and McCarthy.