Bellomy, Heitzman: Transfer for 5th Year

U-M 5th year seniors Russel Bellomy and Keith Heitzman decided to transfer and play their fifth year of eligibility elsewhere today.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a moment’s notice, Michigan lost two more fifth year seniors who have decided to leave the program after graduation.

U-M fifth year seniors Russell Bellomy and Keith Heitzman both announced their intention of transferring – via Instagram – as the both will look to play their fifth year of eligibility elsewhere.

That’s seven players total who have decided to transfer since the firing of Brady Hoke and the hiring Jim Harbaugh as Michigan’s football coach.

“To those of you that know me well, I always try my hardest never to get emotional; however, I write this with a heavy heart,” Bellomy posted on his Instagam account. “My heart is packed full of experiences, acquaintances and irreplaceable memories that I will reminisce on for the rest of my life. I love each and every one of my teammates, both former and present, and I hope y'all know that every day I busted my butt for you and the benefit of UM. I will receive my degree at the end of this semester and have decided to sign my release that enables me to play my 5th year as a graduate student at another university.”

Bellomy, who spent most of career as U-M’s backup quarterback, has not decided on his future school as of yet, and is expected to graduate from Michigan this spring.

“I pray that you respect my decision and support me in whatever I do, because this was not an easy process,” he said. “I am forever grateful to have attended and played for UM and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. For I know the plans I have for you.”

He ended his post with: “#GoBlueAlways.”

Heitzman, who played tight end this past season, was a defensive lineman his first three seasons at Michigan. He made one start, caught two passes with one touchdown in 2014.

"The past few years have been an unforgettable journey full of ever lasting memories, both exciting and saddening," Heitzman said on Instagram. "I have experienced the spoils of winning and the heartbreak of losing. I have always blamed my struggles on external factors and never realized that all of this was part of the process of becoming a Michigan man. It has been the most challenging yet rewarding 4 years of my life and for that I will be forever grateful."

This is Michigan’s third 5th year transfer this week. Running back Justice Hayes announced his decision to transfer earlier this week.

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