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Michigan senior defensive back steps away from football team

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There’s a chance he could return after this season.

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Sammy Faustin’s name was missing from the updated Michigan football roster ahead of the start of fall camp. The senior defensive back is not expected to be with the Wolverines this season — and perhaps longer — due to a medical issue.

“Due to medical reasons, Sammy decided to step away from the team and will reevaluate after this year. He will remain on athletic aid,” a Michigan spokesperson told Zach Shaw of The Michigan Insider.

Faustin was a three-star recruit and the No. 592 player in the 2018 class. He played in nine games for the Wolverines, making two tackles. He was seen as a developmental prospect that spent some time at both safety and cornerback. However, he never quite found a consistent role. Faustin was also an Academic All-Big Ten student for the 2020-21 year.

Faustin would have two years of eligibility left if he decided to return. He could have a third if he opted for a medical hardship waiver. It is also possible that he could medically retire, which would still allow his academics to be paid for. A trip to the transfer portal would be another option if he opted to play elsewhere, but he is not there as of this posting.

Michigan opened its fall camp on Friday afternoon in Ann Arbor in preparation for the Sept. 4 opener against Western Michigan.