Vladimir Emilien leaving Michigan

Updated: September 9, 2010, 12:06 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Michigan's already-thin secondary has lost another player, as sophomore safety Vladimir Emilien has decided to transfer.

Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed Emilien's departure Wednesday, saying, "He's a good young man. We wish him well."

Emilien appeared in five games last season, mostly on special teams, and played in Saturday's season-opening win against Connecticut in a reserve role.

The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Emilien is the second defensive back to transfer from Michigan in a month, as cornerback Justin Turner left shortly after preseason camp began.

Michigan lost cornerback Troy Woolfolk, a projected starter, to a serious ankle injury midway through camp. Heralded cornerback/safety recruit Demar Dorsey was denied admission this summer, and All-Big Ten cornerback Donovan Warren left early for the NFL draft but was not selected in April.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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