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Published: Thursday, 1/6/2011

Central grad Mike Marrow looks to transfer to UM

BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Central Catholic graduate and former Alabama running back Mike Marrow may transfer to Michigan, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Blade.

Marrow, the nation's second-ranked fullback two years ago, transferred from Alabama to Eastern Michigan in September, wishing to be closer to home so he could better deal with the death of three grandparents in a 12-month span. He never played a game for the Eagles and is now looking elsewhere.

If Eastern Michigan's grants Marrow's transfer request, he will likely choose between Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa, Wisconsin and Southern Illinois.

Complicating Marrow's decision is the fact Michigan is currently without a coach after firing Rich Rodriguez Wednesday. But the next coach may have use for Marrow who was Alabama's third string halfback in fall camp behind Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and excellent back-up Trent Richardson.

Marrow (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) is the big-bodied running back Michigan is lacking, save for freshman Stephen Hopkins (230 pounds).

Marrow redshirted at Alabama and never achieved eligibility at Eastern Michigan. He expects to have four years of eligibility beginning next season.



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