Defensive end Amir Siddiq enters transfer portal

Detroit junior Amir Siddiq calls out to his team, Saturday, Oct. 23.

A key piece of Central Michigan's defensive end rotation is on the move. 

Junior Amir Siddiq announced his move to the transfer portal on Twitter Monday, confirming an earlier report from Rivals. 

Siddiq is transferring after enjoying a breakout season in 2021. As a redshirt junior, the Detroit native recorded career-highs in tackles (36) and sacks (4.5). Three of those sacks came over the course of the Chippewas' final four games, all wins. 

He committed to CMU as part of its 2017 recruiting class, brought in by then-head coach John Bonamego. As a true freshman, Siddiq played in just one game. In 2018, he made four tackles and recorded one-half sack in eight games. 

In 2019, Siddiq played in 12 games and made 10 tackles. He showed signs of promise in 2020, notching three sacks in the six-game season. This season, Siddiq established himself as a solid member of the Chippewas' four-person defensive end rotation, playing alongside Troy Hairston II, LaQuan Johnson Jr. and Thomas Incoom. 

Hairston is a senior who will play his final game as a Chippewa in the bowl game, while Johnson and Incoom are both set to return. 

Siddiq was a two-star recruit out of Fordson High School in Dearborn who originally committed to CMU as a linebacker.