Michigan's first bout with attrition heading into 2014 has officially arrived.

A team spokesman confirmed Saturday that Michigan has granted transfer releases for running back Thomas Rawls, safety Josh Furman and defensive tackle Richard Ash.

Ash and Furman would have both been fifth-year seniors next season, while Rawls would have been a fourth-year senior.

Rawls, a 5-foot-10, 217-pounder from Flint, told MLive earlier on Saturday that he intends on transferring to Central Michigan.

Rawls had a career-low three carries for 12 yards and a touchdown last season, as he fell down below Derrick Green, De'Veon Smith, Fitz Toussaint, Drake Johnson and Justice Hayes on the depth chart.

He finishes his Michigan career with 73 carries for 33 yards. In 2012 he rushed 57 times for 242 yards.

Furman, a 6-foot-2, 202-pounder from Annapolia, Md., played in eight games last season -- totaling 11 tackles. For his career, he appeared in 32 games, making 29 tackles.

Ash, a 6-foot-3, 314-pounder from Pahokee, Fla., appeared in just 14 games during his Michigan career.