After bringing back Keith Williams and Joshua Dunlop to reinforce the Offensive Line, the Panthers dove deep into the Patriot League to find a potential star at the FCS level. The Panthers signed Illinois Native Phil Saleh out of Fordham University for his second professional opportunity.
Saleh comes to Michigan after a quick stint in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders for about a month. Prior to the CFL Saleh, he played 42 games in five seasons at Fordham University (2018-22) playing Center, Left Tackle and Right Tackle. Saleh earned First-Team All-Patriot League offensive lineman (2020-22) and earned Second-Team honors in 2019. He was also named to Phil Steele’s All-American Team in 2022 as well.
With the addition of Saleh the Panthers gain a versatile Offensive Lineman who can supplement the team’s veterans going into 2024. With the roster currently at 56 players look for Mike Nolan and Stever Kazor to do a bit more re-tooling as the off-season progresses. With Panthers players receiving workouts everyday the 2024 team may have a different look than it’s predecessor in the next couple months.