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Former CMU TE Tony Poljan announces commitment to Virginia


Central Michigan tight end Tony Poljan catches a pass against Bowling Green Oct. 19 at Doyt L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green.

Just under 36 hours after announcing he was entering the transfer portal, former Central Michigan tight end Tony Poljan announced on Twitter he will transfer to Virginia. 

Virginia finished 9-5 in 2019 and won an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Costal Division title and earned a berth into the 2019 ACC Championship game against eventual runner-up Clemson. 

The Cavaliers finished the season with a 36-28 loss to Florida in the Orange Bowl in Orlando, Florida. 

According to the roster on the Virginia Athletics website, there are five tight ends — junior T.J. Kitts, sophomore Grant Misch redshirt freshman Mike Kosar, redshirt freshman Sackett Wood Jr. and freshman Joshua Rawlings — on the roster. 

Misch was the only one of those five to register a catch in 2019 for 6 yards. Tanner Cowley, a senior last season, led all tight ends with 28 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown. 

At tight end in 2019, Poljan appeared in 12 games making 33 catches for 496 yards and four touchdowns. His longest reception of his CMU career came Oct. 19 in a Week 8 victory at Bowling Green. 

In his four years as a Chippewa, Poljan appeared in 39 games, including all 12 games in the 1-11 campaign in 2018 and 12 games in 2019. He also played in each of the Chippewas' 13 games in 2017. 

Poljan excelled at tight end in 2019 and played quarterback in 2017 and 2018, serving as the starter in 2018. In the 2018 season, Poljan threw for 625 yards, completing 76 of 147 passes with five interceptions and two touchdowns. 

As a rusher, Poljan picked up 248 yards in 2017-18 scoring a touchdown on the ground in each season. 

Poljan earned Second Team All-Mid-American Conference honors in 2019. 

The move leaves Bernhard Raimann, Joel Wilson and Austin Hergott to tend for the starting spot. Raimann, a junior in 2020, has caught 20 passes for 164 yards and has appeared in all 26 games in the last two seasons. 

Wilson, a redshirt sophomore, missed all but three games in 2019 with a leg injury suffered in the season-opener against Albany.