Michigan running back Justice Hayes, a 5th-year senior, has announced his plans to transfer.
Hayes will graduate from Michigan at the end of the upcoming academic year, and as a graduate transfer will be able to play immediately. Hayes announced the move in a post to his personal Instagram account:
"The four years I have spent at this institution have brought some great memories that I will cherish forever," Hayes said in a statement. "The fact that I will be graduating from the University of Michigan in April will be meritorious. I have earned team captain on numerous occasions, won respect from coaches and players, and most importantly played my heart out every Saturday. I truly appreciate the offer from Coach Harbaugh to allow me to return for my 5th year, but I have decided that I will choose another college to play football as a graduate student. I'm not an emotional person, but a few days back I cried because I knew it was time for me to move on. There will be people out there that disagree with this tough decision I made, but they won't be the ones that cut me checks in the future. I just want to continue to get closer to God, take care of my family, and be happy."
Michigan will have a great deal of running back depth in 2015, with Derrick Green, DeVeon Smith and Ty Isaac all entering their third year. Hayes was used sparingly in 2012 and 2013, and rushed for 213 yards on 48 carries in 2014. The Grand Blanc, MI native finishes his Michigan career with 302 total yards and a touchdown.