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Michigan Football's Chris Barnett Leaves Program

The Michigan football program has lost three players this week. Offensive lineman Tony Posada and wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes were the first two players to depart the team, and tight end Chris Barnett became the latest when he left on Thursday.

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Michigan added Barnett, a four-star tight end from Texas, on signing day back in February of this year. He was originally committed to Arkansas but switched to the Wolverines as recruiting for the 2011 class came to a close. Michigan needed depth at tight end, and Barnett appeared to be a big addition for Brady Hoke.

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As it turns out, Barnett was only an addition for a few weeks of fall practice. He came in weighing almost 280 pounds and was recovering from an ACL injury, so it was unlikely Barnett would have contributed this year. Next year he likely would have been in the mix at tight end considering depth is pretty thin. Kevin Koger is in his last year at Michigan, and he will have to be replaced next season.

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With Barnett exiting, Michigan has had three players from the 2011 recruiting class leave. Posada was the second player from the class to depart and Kellen Jones became the first last month.