Exit: Allen Gant

Submitted by Seth on January 22nd, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Tony Gant’s son is moving on. With all the various configurations of Michigan’s defense requiring a lot of range from safeties, and with Peppers (in their standard 4-2-5) and James Ross (in the rare 4-3) taking nickel and SAM duties, Gant had a tough path to playing time throughout his career. With Ross’s graduation Michigan seemed content to let him try out in spring for a senior Cam Gordon role. But with a degree in hand and plenty of younger competition—including Peppers—ahead of him,  it was obvious that Gant’s best chance of seeing the field regularly will be somewhere else. As a grad transfer, he’ll be able to play immediately wherever he lands.

Despite being the last listed “SAM” on the roster, his departure won’t affect Michigan too badly. Michigan now has 22 open spots, and further attrition is still expected to get that to 28-30.

Comments

boliver46

January 22nd, 2016 at 12:42 PM ^

to see a player from my hometown not have the success we all would have hoped for here at Michigan.

Best of luck to him, wherever his heart takes him!

Go Blue!

HuskyTeam5

January 22nd, 2016 at 12:48 PM ^

Thank you Allen for all your years of hard work making our team and our university a better place.  We appreciate your commitment to Michigan.  The world rewards the dedicated, hard working young men like you.

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Seth

January 22nd, 2016 at 5:13 PM ^

Not nice to guess out loud. The coaches already know about some guys who were passed by younger players and asked for a release, but it's up to the players, not the school, to inform the public whenever they're ready to. Green told them he'd be gone months ago, and he made it public what, last week? There's others that have already trickled into the paywalled boards. The coaches started saying "29" spots to people a few weeks ago and then that grew by one right when the premium boards were breaking a behavioral loss that hasn't been publicly announced. So I think the coaches have an exact count.

Also you can always expect attrition after spring and in fall, when the roster shakes out and inklings of PT issues become certainties. It's also kind of fluid, for example Ryan Glasgow and Kenny Allen will earn scholarships next year so I counted them, but they are treated as if they're still walk-ons when they're making the count for the Big Ten on signing day. Michigan will lose some guys between then and fall, and there will be schollies available for Glasgow and Allen and probably a few more besides at that point.

I keep this updated:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kXyhlMo2Yzfgv9QGhnyeJp65DL9mUxF…

If you'd like to make a copy of it and remove anyone you think won't be back for 2017 be my guest. It'll automatically set the count.

EGD

January 22nd, 2016 at 1:14 PM ^

This one kind of surprises me. I seem to recall seeing him get some snaps when Bolden and Ross had their targeting ejections, so I thought he might be a serious option for LB next season. Oh well. Glad he's leaving with his degree and hopefully he does well at his next stop.

Away Goal

January 22nd, 2016 at 2:11 PM ^

yeah, he got some time late in the first half against MSU after Bolden was ejected, then Ross came back for the 2nd half.  He was also on the field for the stand against Minny.

Joby

January 22nd, 2016 at 1:23 PM ^

His letter captured how agonizing a decision like this must be on a person who is still a very young man. I could imagine him being on bended knees every night asking for clarity about such an important matter. Wishing him the best.

Blue_by_U

January 22nd, 2016 at 1:36 PM ^

Had an opportunity to talk with him when Nuss was hired. Very upbeat kid who had a lot of promise in HS who I think was truly lost in the shuffle...this is one of those deals I dislike merely because his decision had to be tough after all he experinced waiting for his shot...coaching change and a lot of unexpected issues made his path difficult. Wish him a great deal of success wherever he winds up, he will move forward in life certainly.

Mr. Yost

January 22nd, 2016 at 1:55 PM ^

Couldn't be more happy for Allen - he's always been a great repsensitive for the University and when he's on that field, he's playing his heart out.

It was awesome watching him get extensive time as the "next man up" when his teammates went down with injury (or got kicked out of a game on some bullshit).

Go Blue!

benash

January 22nd, 2016 at 3:27 PM ^

I didn't know what the SAM position was. From Wikipedia:

The strongside linebacker (SLB) is often nicknamed "Sam" or striker[13] for purposes of calling a blitz. Since the strong side of the offensive team is the side on which the tight end lines up, or whichever side contains the most personnel, the strongside linebacker usually lines up across from the tight end. Often the strongside linebacker will be called upon to tackle the running back on a play, because the back will be following the tight end's block. He is most often the strongest linebacker; at the least he possesses the ability to withstand, shed, and fight off blocks from a tight end or fullback blocking the backside of a pass play. The linebacker should also have strong safety abilities in pass situation to cover the tight end in man on man situations. He should also have considerable quickness to read and get into coverage in zone situations. The strongside linebacker is also commonly known as the left outside linebacker (LOLB).