Michigan safety Vladimir Emilien is transferring, taking away more depth from thin secondary

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez says safety Vladimir Emilien is transferring.

He made the announcement Wednesday on a teleconference that was set up to preview the Notre Dame game.

Emilien played as a backup in the season-opening win against Connecticut. He played in five games last year as a freshman. He was recruited by Rodriguez after starring at Plantation High School in Florida.

Michigan's secondary has taken a lot of hits lately.

Cornerback Donovan Warren skipped his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL draft. J.T. Turner was granted permission to transfer last month and then Troy Woolfolk was injured. Freshman Demar Dorsey wasn't admitted this year and recruit Adrian Witty was denied admissions last year.