The Michigan quarterback enters the NCAA transfer portal
Michigan linebacker Eyabi Oki has entered the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports confirmed Thursday afternoon. Oka’s entry into the Portal comes after an encouraging first season in Ann Arbor. The Baltimore native transferred to Michigan after stints at Alabama, Houston and UT Martin.
Okie’s departure continues a “changing of the guard” for the Wolverines, as tight ends Taylor Upshaw (transfer), Mike Morris (NFL), Mazzie Smith (NFL), Julius Welshoff (transfer) and George Rooks (transfer) will all depart next year. Interior starter Chris Jenkins is also reportedly undecided on a potential return next season. The staff signed several linemen early in the 2023 signing period and added four-star transfer Josiah Stewart (Coastal Carolina). The onus to carry the unit through 2023 will be on returning starters like Brayden McGregor, Derrick Moore and Jaylen Harrell.
Oki finished the 2022 season with nine tackles (3.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks in nine games. He hails from Baltimore (Md.) St. Francis and was coached by former Michigan staffer Biff Pogie, who recently left the program to take the head coaching job in Charlotte.
We’ll know more about this story as it develops.
After a blowout win in Columbus that gave Michigan its second straight win over Ohio State and a Big Ten title game victory over Purdue, the Wolverines finished with a 13-0 regular season record for the first time in the program’s long history. However, they went on to lose to TCU in the College Football Playoff semifinals, ending their season in the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh has now overseen one of the greatest stretches in Michigan football history, but believes he and the team have approached things largely the same as they have in the past.
“I don’t think so. I don’t think I’ve changed one bit. I mean, I’m the same as I was before, now. I think when you get to that age, you don’t change,” he said. “But I really think it’s about the players. I think the players really appreciated that there were no changes. We made it about the guys on the team, about getting good at football. I mean, I can guarantee you that Ben Herbert hasn’t changed in the five years that he’s been here.
I point to these two guys. I mean, when they came in, they said, Coach, we’re going to win the Big Ten Championship. We’re beating Ohio State, and we’ve done it.
“I don’t think that combination has changed, I think the guys have appreciated it deep down. You know, there are guys who love football, you know? They love football. They love training. They enjoy each other’s company. I mean, not a day goes by that either of these two guys has a bad day.
I mean, they like — I’ll speak for them, but I think they like the direction of the program. They like the program. They like the opportunity in the program and I like them a lot. I’m proud of them, so proud of them.”
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