Former Michigan Wolverine running back Justice Hayes announced Tuesday that he will transfer to Southern Mississippi. As a graduate transfer, Hayes will be immediately eligible for the Golden Eagles and should be a major boost to the team’s chances of capturing a Conference USA title.
Hayes spent much of the 2014 season low on the Wolverine depth chart rushing for 212 yards on 43 carries. Furthermore, the situation didn’t improve much for Hayes in 2015 and the veteran tailback instead elected to find a different program better suited for his talents.
Despite returning their top two rushers, Hayes brings a more well-rounded skill set to the program having already played against the brutal Big Ten schedule. Meanwhile, Southern Mississppi is coming off of a horrific 2014 campaign winning just three games.
Still, with players like Hayes joining the program, the Golden Eagles could sneak up on opponents and potentially return to Conference USA relevancy.
On top of the above Tweet, Hayes posted a length message to Wolverine fans on his Instagram account:
The four years I have spent at this institution have brought some great memories that I will cherish forever. The fact that I will be graduating from the University of Michigan in April will be meritorious. I have earned team captain on numerous occasions, won respect from coaches and players, and most importantly played my heart out every Saturday. I truly appreciate the offer from Coach Harbaugh to allow me to return for my 5th year, but I have decided that I will choose another college to play football as a graduate student. I’m not an emotional person, but a few days back I cried because I knew it was time for me to move on. There will be people out there that disagree with this tough decision I made, but they won’t be the ones that cut me checks in the future. I just want to continue to get closer to God, take care of my family, and be happy. -Justice Hayes #goblueforever
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Ann Arbor News