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Hello: Mike Danna, Grad Transfer DE

Hello: Mike Danna, Grad Transfer DE Brian February 19th, 2019 at 3:17 PM
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Michigan did indeed pick up a transfer on the DL like Amauri Pesek-Hickson foretold:

Danna is coming off a 9.5 sack, 15 TFL junior season and while four of those sacks and 5 of those TFLs were against Maine his season-long numbers were dominant enough to land him on the PFF All America team:


Danna may not be as flashy as others on this list, or even in his conference, but he constantly changed games for the Chippewas this season. He recorded 54 total QB pressures and 53 total tackles while missing only four attempts this year.

PFF put him 69th on their list of the top college football players in America as he checked in with a 91.3 grade. As a sophomore he had an 85 by their system, which wasn't far off Chase Winovich's performance that year (89.5) He's listed at 6'2", 253; he'll no doubt slot into Winovich's vacated WDE spot. The one caveat about those PFF numbers is that sometimes it's tough to grade football players in a vacuum. His outing against MSU was only okay:

"It's worth noting that while he posted 3 hurries against MSU last year, his pass rush grade of 58.4 in that game was his lowest of the season."

Danna wasn't high on NFL radars, either. The Jaaron Simmons thing could happen here. But Danna is definitely worth the swing.

Of note: CMU's coaches got fired after the season so this isn't quite a heartless up-transfer, and Danna is transferring away from new CMU head coach Jim McElwain. If this was all a long con to grab a WDE rental, well played.

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February 19th, 2019 at 3:23 PM ^

Thank you AK, see you back in AA in a few years!


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A Lot of Milk

February 19th, 2019 at 3:23 PM ^

After all the players we've had transfer to CMU, it's about damn time they return the favor! 

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East German Judge

February 19th, 2019 at 8:36 PM ^

"Danna is transferring away from new CMU head coach Jim McElwain."


I guess he did not want to be shark bait!!!

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Communist Football

February 19th, 2019 at 3:24 PM ^

I wonder how well PFF adjusts for level of competition.

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Booted Blue in PA

February 19th, 2019 at 3:24 PM ^


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February 19th, 2019 at 3:28 PM ^

PFF put him 69th on their list of the top college football players in America


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February 19th, 2019 at 9:56 PM ^

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February 19th, 2019 at 3:30 PM ^

What is the scholarship number looking like?

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Reggie Dunlop

February 19th, 2019 at 3:33 PM ^

I expect 85.

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February 19th, 2019 at 3:38 PM ^

Hope so


February 19th, 2019 at 3:32 PM ^

I would have preferred to add DT depth, but this is great news, too. 

Welcome, Mike. 

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February 19th, 2019 at 3:42 PM ^

is it certain that they're mutually exclusive?

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February 19th, 2019 at 3:43 PM ^

They seemingly are still after the Rice DT grad transfer as well, Zach Abercrombieandfitch. 

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Watching From Afar

February 19th, 2019 at 4:07 PM ^


Skimmed that and thought, "wow that's... a name." Then reread it and damn you!! 

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February 19th, 2019 at 3:43 PM ^

Welcome aboard. Go Blue!!!


February 19th, 2019 at 3:44 PM ^

Best player for the chips this year..great pick up

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February 19th, 2019 at 4:15 PM ^


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February 19th, 2019 at 3:53 PM ^

Hell yeah!

I think Danna can be a Dude but even if he's just a Guy that's big for DE depth/rotation. 

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February 19th, 2019 at 7:21 PM ^

Yeah the MSU thing doesn’t worry me that much as he didn’t have a load of Big Ten talent around him, so I’m sure they were able to somewhat focus on him. If nothing else he’ll be a solid number two which is big for Michigan’s defensive line.

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February 19th, 2019 at 9:01 PM ^

I prefer solid number twos

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February 19th, 2019 at 4:29 PM ^

Once upon a time, there was a defensive end who transferred from CMU to a Big Ten school. It turned out pretty well. (See WATT, J.J.)

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February 19th, 2019 at 5:05 PM ^

Watt was 6'6" and he switched position from TE (at CMU) to DE (at Wisconsin).

I hope someone here goes back and watches the CMU/MSU game. It could simply be a case of MSU giving Danna extra attention and doubling him on/off to prevent him from being a problem. Odds are MSU could do this because CMU didn't have someone else its front 7 to punish MSU's offense.


February 19th, 2019 at 4:43 PM ^

Welcome aboard.  I too get a little nervous about a guy who struggled a bit against the be

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