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Second Central Michigan linebacker enters transfer portal

Ypsilanti junior George Douglas wraps up his man for a tackle against Robert Morris, Saturday, Sept. 11.

The Central Michigan football linebacker room has lost another starter to the transfer portal as the 2022 recruitment cycle begins to intensify. 

After his running mate Troy Brown announced his intentions Thursday, linebacker George Douglas took to Twitter to announce his decision to transfer. 

As the Chippewas prepared for their matchup in the 2021 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, Douglas walked across the stage in the John G. Kulhavi Events Center and received a bachelor's degree from CMU. 

Due to his status as a graduate transfer, he will be able to play immediately when he upon arriving at his new school. 

Although the Ypsilanti native redshirted once he arrived in Mount Pleasant in 2017, Douglas truly made his presence felt on the CMU defense during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. 

In six games, Douglas led the Chippewas' defense in tackles with 45. He grabbed his first interception and set a career mark for single-game tackles with 11 against Western Michigan on Nov. 18, 2020. 

During the CMU's 2021 season, Douglas appeared in 12 games recovered two fumbles while finishing with 41 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack. He opted out of playing in the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. 

Douglas saw his first playing time during 2018, appearing in every game, recording seven total tackles and notching a season-best three tackle performance against Eastern Michigan. 

Douglas first broke into the starting lineup for the Chippewas in 2019. From then on, he was a mainstay in the Chippewas defense. 

He finishes his career at CMU with 114 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

Editor's note: Douglas announced his decision to transfer to Southern Illinois Jan. 16.