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Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press
Michigan football fourth-year junior offensive lineman Nolan Ulizio has entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, and is now free to be recruited by other programs.
Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed the news to the Free Press on Monday night.
Ulizio, a 6-foot-5, 305-pounder from West Chester, Ohio, opened Michigan’s 2017 season as the team’s starting right tackle but was eventually replaced by Juwann Bushell-Beatty during the sixth game of the season.
He has not started since, appearing as a reserve guard and offensive tackle in three games during the 2018 season.
Ulizio is a member of Michigan’s 2015 recruiting class, a 14-player group that has featured seven other departures or transfers from the program. If Ulizio graduates this year, he’ll be allowed to seek immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer next season.
New NCAA transfer rules now make it possible for student-athletes to transfer from an institution without having to seek permission first. Under the new system, which became official in late 2018, student-athletes are allowed to enter their names into the NCAA transfer portal and begin receiving contact from other schools.
Once a student-athlete informs a school of his or her decision to enter the portal, the school has two business days to place the player’s name into the database.
Schools can no longer restrict transfer destinations as part of this new system.
Michigan has lost four others to transfer since the start of the 2018 season: Linebacker Drew Singleton, offensive lineman James Hudson, running back Kurt Taylor and defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon.
Michigan is expected to return four of its five starting offensive linemen next season: Left tackle Jon Runyan Jr., left guard Ben Bredeson, center Cesar Ruiz and right guard Michael Onwenu. Michigan also started redshirt freshman Andrew Stueber at right tackle to close the final two games of 2018.
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