Michigan redshirt freshman Zach Carpenter enters transfer portal

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan center Zach Carpenter, who started the last two games, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, Carpenter announced Thursday.

Zach Carpenter

Carpenter, a 6-foot-5, 329-pound redshirt freshman from Cincinnati, entered the portal on Thursday. He was the offensive Scout Player of the Year last year and was expected to compete for the starting job at center this fall after Cesar Ruiz left for the NFL after last season.

Former walk-on Andrew Vastardis, a fifth-year senior and a co-captain this year, won the starting job, however, while Carpenter dealt with unspecified injuries. With Vastardis out the last two games, Carpenter moved into a starting role.

Michigan is off until the Dec. 19 Big Ten crossover game. The Wolverines canceled their game against Maryland last weekend and also Saturday’s regular-season finale against Ohio State because of COVID-related issues.

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