Seriously, Angry Michigan Secondary-Hating God, this isn’t freaking funny anymore ($, info in header):
Sophomore safety Vlad Emilien has left the Michigan football team, Scout.com learned Wednesday morning. Emilien, out of Plantation, Florida, requested, and was granted, his release Tuesday in a meeting with head coach Rich Rodriguez. Emilien will have three years of eligibility remaining, over the next four years, although his next stop is not known.
MGoBlog’s TomVH has confirmed that Emilien is transferring, and lists UCLA, BC, Duke, Oregon, and Virginia as potential destinations for him. Emilien was listed on the fall depth chart as the third-string free safety, behind starter Cam Gordon and walk-on Jared Van Slyke, but with Van Slyke out for the season with a broken clavicle this leaves Michigan even more dangerously thin in the secondary.
The Wolverines will have to move someone — my guess is freshman Marvin Robinson — to free safety to fill the cavernous void behind Gordon. Last week’s injury to Carvin Johnson becomes that much more serious with the Wolverines losing another healthy body in the secondary. Any further injuries to players on the two-deep, at this point, would be catastrophic.
Update: The Wolverine’s Chris Balas just put up a (non-paywalled) notebook with quotes from Rich Rodriguez saying that true freshman Ray Vinopal will back up Cam Gordon on Saturday, while walk-on Floyd Simmons will back up Thomas Gordon at spur. Vinopal was not expected to see the field this year, but Rodriguez praised his intelligence and said he’ll be ready to go for Notre Dame.