Running back Thomas Rawls, who only played in one game last season, plans to transfer from Michigan to their in-state neighbours in Mount Pleasant, according to Bleacher Report. After seeing some action in 2012 (57-242-4), Rawls only carried 3 times for 12 yards and a TD against, ironically, the Chippewas as the Wolverine running attack collapsed as the season progressed.
Rawls could have stayed and competed for playing time in 2014, but would have to battle sophomores Derrick Green (a top recruit) and De’Veon Smith, both of whom saw more playing time last season. Rawls, a 3-star recruit (per ESPN) will have to sit out a year with the Chips under the transfer rule, but could be an impact player in 2015.
Also transferring are safety Josh Furman and defensive tackle Richard Ash. Both are 5th years seniors and 3-star recruits, and neither has declared where they will transfer to.
Furman started 3 games and played in 5 last season, notching 11 tackles and breaking up 1 pass, but has played mostly on special teams. Ash has played in 14 games over the course of his career as a reserve DT and special teamer, and has recorded 3 career tackles.