Michigan safety Johnson leaves team

The exodus of defensive backs from Michigan hasn't stopped under first-year coach Brady Hoke.

While cornerback was the position hit hardest by attrition during the Rich Rodriguez era, Michigan lost a key contributor at safety as sophomore Carvin Johnson has decided to leave the program. Johnson played in all eight games as a reserve safety and on special teams and recorded 14 tackles. He recorded 32 tackles and an interception in his career.

Johnson is the second defensive back to leave the Wolverines in as many weeks -- freshman cornerback Greg Brown was the other -- and the sixth player to depart since the beginning of the season. Michigan has lost four defensive backs since Hoke took over. No word yet on the reason for Johnson's departure.

Attrition certainly is a part of any coaching change, but it'll be interesting to see if the numbers increase. Rodriguez got hammered for the number of players to leave under his watch. Will Hoke receive any scrutiny? It might be too soon.