As the extended dead period is finally coming to an end at the end of the month and official campus visits can once again begin, Michigan’s consistently changing coaching staff picked up some much-needed size for this upcoming season. In dire need of an instant impact nose tackle, Michigan landed Oregon State DT Jordan Whittley out of the transfer portal.
Whittley opted out of the 2020 season after playing just one year (2019) at Oregon State, prior to that he spent two years at Laney junior college in California. The former high school running back, yes, running back put on a ton of weight during his JUCO years and used those quick feet and athleticism to become a playmaking interior lineman. He shows the ability to get into the backfield and make plays in the run and passing games. But his biggest question mark is can he stay fit and healthy? That’s been his biggest hangup which makes him a bit of a wild card pickup for Michigan.
If the Michigan coaching staff can get to him, keep him fit and healthy, he could be one hell of a pickup for this defense that had to get help on the inside. That’s a big if but he’s well worth the transfer waiver.
- Height: 6’1”
- Weight: 350lbs
- Hometown (School): Richmond, CA (Oregon State)
- Career Stats: 13 Tackles – 1 Pass Defense (OSU)
Photo Credit: Oregon State Athletics