The 2018 Michigan defense just got faster. Former Utah cornerback Casey Hughes is transferring to the Wolverines for his final year of college eligibility. Michigan officially announced the news Tuesday two weeks after Hughes tweeted that he’d joined the Wolverines.
It’s a blessing to say that I’ll be finishing my last collegiate season at the University of Michigan. I want to thank the entire Michigan coaching staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to join their program. COMMITTED! 〽️ #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/c5MAb683T3
— Hughdini (@CaseyLive24) January 21, 2018
Hughes, who is known for his speed in the secondary, recorded 35 tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 sack in 2017. The redshirt junior played sparingly from 2015-16, registering a combined 6 tackles over the two seasons while appearing as a special teams regular. He took a redshirt season in 2014.
He joins a Wolverines defense that is only losing one starter from 2017 (defensive tackle Maurice Hurst). Michigan’s defense carried the team to an 8-5 record last season, having allowed just 18.8 points per game. The Wolverines allowed an average of 271 yards per game in 2017 and ranked second in the Big Ten in total defense.
Lavert Hill and David Long were Michigan’s projected starters at cornerback before Hughes’ transfer.