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Michigan Wolverines football offered two defensive tackles in the transfer portal over the last couple weeks — Illinois State’s John Ridgeway and UAB’s Tony Fair — but weren’t able to land either. Now, the Maize and Blue are hoping the third time’s a charm, with Oregon State interior defensive lineman Jordan Whittley, who has one year of eligibility remaining, announcing his offer Tuesday via his Twitter account. He made his intentions to transfer public early Tuesday morning.

Whittley took the Juco route out of high school, and began his career at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., where he played in 2017 and 2018. He broke out as a sophomore, totaling 35 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, while also adding two pass breakups. That earned him three-star status from, before he signed on to play for the Beavers of Oregon State.

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Michigan Wolverines football's Shaun Nua is looking for help on the interior of the Maize and Blue's defensive line.
Michigan Wolverines football’s Shaun Nua is looking for help on the interior of the Maize and Blue’s defensive line. (Lon Horwedel)

He notched 14 tackles, including 3.5 stops for loss, for Oregon State in 2019. He never played again after that, however, with some health issues forcing him to miss time.

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Whittley had physical and health issues, including what he reported on social media as a tumor near his heart.

Whittley’s weight significantly ballooned over the past two years. He didn’t practice during the 2020 season. Whittley was often seen at spring practice, but wearing workout clothes as he trained away from the field with the strength and conditioning staff. Prior to last Saturday’s spring game, Whittley was among those reported as out because of COVID-19 issues.

At 6-foot-1, Whittley checked in at a whopping 358 pounds according to Oregon State’s 2020 roster.

According to, Whittley suited up during the Beavers’ 2020 spring practices, but did not participate due to COVID-19 concerns.

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