Michigan will return two integral pieces to its roster in 2020.
Tuesday afternoon, a source confirmed to The Wolverine Lounge that kicker Quinn Nordin and defensive tackle Carlo Kemp will exercise their final year of eligibility with the Wolverines.
Nordin, a big-legged kicker out of Rockford, Mich., saw a rocky start to the season dating back to 2018 culminate into a momentum-building second half of the season in 2019.
Most notable for the rising senior was his 57-yard field goal kick against Alabama in the VRBO Citrus Bowl, tying a program record for longest made field goal.
Per the source, following that made kick, NFL interest became legitimate for Nordin as some teams courted him as a top-five kicker in the class. He submitted his draft grade, which came back comparable with most kickers expecting to be drafted in the later rounds.
Ultimately, Nordin decided to come back for his final year of eligibility with hopes of breaking records for the Wolverines, including the all-time scoring record for a kicker. That record is owned by Garrett Rivas (354 points), but Nordin has a chance to crack the record with 227 total points entering 2020.
Additionally, the source indicated that Kemp, a team captain in 2019 who sat out the bowl game due to injury, is returning to Michigan with the expectation that he will be deemed eligible for a fifth-year.
Due to U-M’s short depth at the interior defensive tackle position, the news of Kemp’s return is pivotal. Given his experience and skill-set at the position, the value of his return cannot be overstated. In his senior campaign, he totaled 40 tackles, along with four-and-a-half for loss while adding two sacks.