Taylor-Douglas, Richardson leave UM football team

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

And so begins the offseason attrition of Michigan’s football team.

Michigan running back Ross Taylor-Douglas and defensive back Terry Richardson are leaving the program as graduate transfers, Scout.com reported Tuesday morning.

As graduate transfers, they will not have to sit out.

Taylor-Douglas met with coach Jim Harbaugh on Tuesday, according the report, and was given his release.

“I will be leaving Michigan and looking to transfer to another school,” Taylor-Douglas told Scout. “I loved my time at Michigan, and my degree will benefit me the rest of my life.”

“I appreciate Coach Harbaugh, and know he’s going to do great things at Michigan. I just want to play football the next two years, so that’s why this decision was made.”

Taylor-Douglas said on Twitter committing to Michigan is something "I will cherish forever."

He played running back and defensive back at Michigan but wants to play cornerback.

Richardson, a former Detroit Cass Tech standout, has two years of eligibility.