In a blow to Michigan’s 2020 defensive line, defensive tackle Michael Dwumfouor announced Tuesday afternoon that he had entered the transfer portal.

“My time here at Michigan has come to an end, these past four years has been some of the best time of my life,” Dwumfour wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “I’ve learned and matured so much here, I’ve built relationships with people that will last a lifetime. I would like to thank Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, Coach (Don) Brown, Coach (Shaun) Nua, Coach (Ben Herbert) and staff and the athletic training staff for all they’ve done for me. With that said, I have entered the porotal and will be a Grad transfer. God Bless.”

In 2019, Dwumfour finished with nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, getting rotational snaps on the interior and starting against Indiana and Ohio State. He did not travel with the team to the Citrus Bowl against Alabama after undergoing a medical procedure, news that Dwumfour revealed via an Instagram post in which he was at a Detroit Lions home game instead of in Orlando with the team.

As a graduate transfer, Dwumfour will have immediate eligibility wherever he goes.

In 2020, Michigan will be dependent on Chris Hinton and Mazi Smith, who redshirted last season as freshmen, to take a step forward on the interior. Though it seems likely that Carlo Kemp will be granted a fifth year of eligibility and retain his starting spot, nothing has been made official. Jess Speight also worked himself into the rotation towards the end of the year, including in the Citrus Bowl.

The Wolverines’ defensive line ranked 12th in sack rate and 25th in opposing line yards, per Football Outsiders.

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