Michigan linebacker Allen Gant will not return for his fifth season, announcing his decision Friday on Twitter.
Gant indicated he will have his degree and is exploring transfer options. As a graduate transfer, Gant would not have to sit out a season.
Last week, cornerback Terry Richardson and running back / defensive back Ross Taylor-Douglas announced they will not return for their fifth seasons. Meanwhile, defensive lineman Willie Henry has decided to pursue an NFL career with a year of college eligibility remaining.
In Gant’s message posted on Twitter, he said he has spent the last two months trying to decide what to do about this decision. He thanked his teammates, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who recruited him and he thanks coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff “for a successful 2015 football season.”
“I would also like to thank the fans for making playing in the Big House an experience I will never forget,” Gant wrote. “Most importantly I would like to thank my family and friends for their support and guiding me through this process.
“Although my career is done at Michigan I am leaving here a proud and humbled man and most importantly I can say I have a degree from the University of Michigan. Forever Go Blue.”
Gant played in eight games last season as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. His father, Tony, played safety for Michigan.