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New Michigan football transfer addition is excited to hit the field in the Maize and Blue this fall

New Michigan football transfer addition Drake Nugent is ready for year one in the Maize and Blue this fall.



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Oct 2, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal center Drake Nugent (60) before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The high expectations that the Michigan Wolverines are facing this fall are no secret, especially given that the newest post-spring rankings have been released, placing the Wolverines at No. 2 in the country. Over the offseason, there have been several portal pickups for the Wolverines. Notably, a handful of new offensive linemen have joined the program. Ahead of the upcoming season this fall, Drake Nugent, a new addition to the Michigan football team as a transfer, is eagerly anticipating stepping onto the field with his new team.

Drake Nugent joins the Michigan football sideline via the transfer portal

Drake Nugent, a former All-PAC-12 (fourth-team) center and two-time All-PAC-12 honorable-mention offensive lineman, is one of the newest additions to the Michigan football roster. Nugent shined during his time with the Stanford Cardinal and is likely to assume the role of starting center, replacing the NFL-bound Olu Oluwatimi, who became the most decorated offensive lineman in Wolverine history during the 2022 season.

In addition to being one of the top-ranked offensive line pickups in the nation, Nugent is also an academic standout, earning a spot on the All-PAC-12 Academic Honor Roll twice during his time at Stanford. He should fit in quite well in Ann Arbor this fall.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound center turned heads at Stanford, but he hasn’t received the coaching or national attention he deserves. This year, many outlets are projecting Nugent as one of the top offensive line contributors ahead of the 2023 season, and the Wolverines are relying on him to lead their offensive line in pursuit of an NCAA record-breaking third-straight Joe Moore Award. The current record of consecutive wins is held by the Michigan Wolverines from 2021 to 2022.

New Michigan football transfer addition looking forward to year one in the Maize and Blue

Nugent has seen a solid career in the Cardinal and White thus far, though even bigger and better await him in the Maize and Blue this fall. According to Nugent, he is quite familiar with Michigan football, and he is looking forward to hitting the field in the winged helmet for his first real football game as a Wolverine.

“I ran a lot of outside-zone at Stanford, and I felt really comfortable in that scheme,” Nugent told MLive reports in a recent interview. “But I think the fact they can run inside-zone and make it look so many different ways. A lot of it reminded me of how the 49ers draw up offense. It’s just pretty to watch.”

Why Michigan football? It’s simple — the Wolverines are the best offensive line school in the nation, and have been playing a style of football that every lineman dreams of.

“I’ve been watching Big Ten tape and Michigan the past couple of years on TV,” Nugent continued. “When we played our night games at Stanford, I’m watching ‘Big Noon Kickoff’ every Saturday while I’m waiting in the hotel. I got a sense of the style of that team’s play, and it was something that I wanted to be a part of.”

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