While Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines have added several players in recent weeks, it was announced Wednesday that starting center Jack Miller will be leaving the program. The fifth year senior’s decision comes as a major surprise to many close to the team, and will certainly have a major impact on the Wolverines ability to protect whichever quarterback they have guiding the offense. Furthermore, Miller will be departing after a few days of spring practices have already passed, and significantly changes the landscape of the offensive line.
According to Michigan associate athletic director Dave Ablauf, “Jack has decided to forego his final year of eligibility to focus on studies and pursue business opportunities.”
A season ago, Miller started all 14 games for Michigan and was awarded the team’s top offensive lineman. It appears that Miller will not continue his football career at all and pursue his future beyond the playing field. Still, it remains a possibility that Miller will transfer to another program, and if he so chooses, be eligible to play right away seeing as he will graduate in May. Nonetheless, any school would be lucky to have Miller on the roster, and would likely be a major upgrade at the position.
Patrick Kuegler is the next in line at the position, and the redshirt sophomore will have major shoes to fill if he hopes to improve the Wolverines struggling unit. In 2014, Michigan finished a disappointing 7-6, but with coach Harbaugh at the helm, the university is expected to drastically improve the squad.
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