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BREAKING: Michigan wide receiver to leave as a grad transfer

Multiple players from the Michigan football program have recently announced decisions that they plan to leave the program via transfer. The team had two such casualties on Wednesday.

After news of backup quarterback Alex Malzone surfaced early in the day, wide receiver Maurice Ways is following suit.

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Dear Michigan, I stepped onto campus in 2014 as a young 18 year old kid, anxious to play and filled with excitement. Now, 4 years later.. I’m leaving as a 21 year old man who has matured and learned so much about himself. -Thank you Coach Hoke & staff for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to put on the Winged Helmet. -Thank you Coach Harbough & staff for teaching me the game of football and pushing me past my limits everyday to achieve greatness. -To my teammates and WR Crew.. love y’all boys man! #CrewThick forever! -Lastly to the fans! Thank you!! I will miss running out of the tunnel and hitting the banner as “Hail to The Victors” plays while 100,000+ are screaming and yelling “Go Blue”. This has been an unforgettable 4 years and I’m excited for the blessings God has in store for me at my next school for my 5th year. THANK YOU MICHIGAN! The BIG HOUSE will forever be Ho〽️e! Love! Moe Ways 85

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Ways is set to graduate and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 where ever he plays. The former 3-star from Franklin, Michigan and Detroit Country Day standout committed in the Brady Hoke era and redshirted as a freshman in 2014. He has seen minimal time during his three years with Michigan, just 24 games and seven receptions for 71 yards.

Heading into the 2016, Ways was virtually penciled it to be the Wolverines’ No. 3 receiver on the depth chart, behind only eventual NFL draft picks Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson. However, a foot injury during spring practice of that year led to surgery for Ways. The recovery and rehabbing could very well have led to a dip in overall effectiveness, thus opening up opportunities for other wideouts on the roster such as Kekoa Crawford and Grant Perry, to name a couple.

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The announcement on Instagram from Ways is just the latest soon-to-be-former Michigan player to transfer out of the program. It was first redshirt junior quarterback Wilton Speight grabbing the headlines on Sunday (11/26). It was also that same night when it was rumored to believe Alex Malzone was going to take the grad transfer route as well.

Wide receiver Drake Harris also revealed his decision to play his fifth and final year of eligibility elsewhere in 2018. Perhaps the most surprising transfer news in the last few days for Michigan was that from freshman offensive lineman JaRaymond Hall, who has been granted his scholarship release.

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