Michigan adds ex-Utah starting DB Casey Hughes as graduate transfer

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Utah defensive back <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/239897/" data-ylk="slk:Casey Hughes">Casey Hughes</a> (25) tackles UCLA wide receiver <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/264752/" data-ylk="slk:Theo Howard">Theo Howard</a> (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah defensive back Casey Hughes (25) tackles UCLA wide receiver Theo Howard (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Michigan’s secondary received a boost on Monday.

Casey Hughes, a starting cornerback at Utah in 2017, announced he will spend his final season with the Wolverines. As a graduate transfer, Hughes will be immediately eligible to suit up for Michigan in 2018.


Hughes started 11 games for the Utes last season and finished the year with 35 tackles and two forced fumbles. Before emerging as a starter in 2017, Hughes played primarily on special teams for the Utes, appearing in nine games in both 2016 and 2015.

Michigan returns two starting cornerbacks with Lavert Hill and David Long, both of whom will be juniors next fall. Hughes, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, could potentially be in the mix to contribute at safety or in the slot as a nickel cornerback on Don Brown’s defense. At the very least, he’ll bring experience to UM’s special teams units.

Michigan finished the 2017 season on a down note, losing its final three games to finish the year 8-5.

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