Central Michigan DE Mike Danna enters NCAA transfer portal

Central Michigan University head football Coach Jim McElwain speaks with football player Mike Danna at the men's basketball game on Jan. 12 in McGuirk Arena.

Central Michigan junior defensive end Mike Danna has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Danna's name is in the database so he can explore his transfer options.

Since Danna is graduating at the end of the semester, he will be eligible as a graduate transfer and granted immediate eligibility.

When a player enters their name into the NCAA's new portal, it allows other programs to contact them. With the new model, players no longer need to request permission from their current programs to check out other programs.

However, entering the portal does not mean a player is guaranteed to transfer. It just gives them an option to look elsewhere.

The 6-foot-2, 257-pound star made 65 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns for the Chippewas in 2018.

Danna was named CMU's team Most Valuable Player during the recent 1-11 season and was on the Pro Football Focus All-American First Team as a lineman. He was also a member of the All-Mid-American Conference First Team defense.

Danna redshirted in 2015 and was a redshirt freshman in 2016, redshirt sophomore in 2017 and redshirt junior in 2018. He was a four-star prospect as a graduate of Warren De La Salle Collegiate High School in 2015.

The star defensive end is the first known Chippewa to enter the transfer portal.