Michigan running back Christian Turner has decided to opt out of the 2020 college football season. He is the first known player at Michigan to make that decision.

Turner made a brief statement on social media on Tuesday afternoon, citing the pandemic as the reason behind his decision. Several B1G players have made the decision to pass on playing this fall.

“I have decided to opt out of the season due to COVID-19,” Turner wrote.


The decision from Turner comes a day after Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement in support of playing football in the fall. He was one of a handful of head coaches that believe it would be premature to cancel the season at this time.

Turner totaled 171 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries for the Wolverines last season. He also caught 4 passes for 13 yards. As a freshman in 2018, Turner accounted for 95 yards on 20 touches and caught one pass for 16 yards.

Michigan is currently scheduled to open the 2020 season against Purdue.