Thursday, April 19, 2012

Why Devin Funchess Might Be The Most Important Player In The 2012 Class


After spring practices, it's evident that the WR position is one of Michigan's weakest positions. Roy Roundtree and Jeremy Gallon have stepped up, but Michigan is still looking for a 3rd WR, specifically someone who poses a deep threat. Yeah, Dileo, JRob, and Jeremy Jackson might see time, but we've yet to see any consistent production from any of them.

Incoming TE/WR Devin Funchess might just be what Coach Borges is looking for. His 6'5", 225 lb frame and great vertical ability presents a match up nightmare for smaller DBs (See right for evidence). He is great at going up over defenders and has exceptional hands, although he does need to work on his blocking. While Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, the other two incoming WRs, have great potential, both will require some time to develop in order to produce on the field.

On the other hand, Michigan has major issues at TE. In the spring game, Ricardo Miller had problems blocking our DEs, let alone that he was not targeted (sad face) in the passing game. Brandon Moore has proven thus far to be an average player at best. Incoming freshman A.J. Williams will also make a push for the TE position. At 6'6", 275 lbs, though, Williams looks more like a tackle than tight end. Funchess would be a perfect complement to this size. 

Should he come in working hard, in shape, and ready to learn, Funchess has a chance to provide immediate dividends for the team. WR is a position that can be picked up quickly and I see Devin being an important factor to Michigan's success next year. Michigan is in dire need of a big, wide-catch-radius, matchup-nightmare WR, and barring a position change by Gardner (Shhhhh I didn't say it), Funchess will have a good chance of getting playing time as a true freshman. Be it as a TE, WR, or some combination therein, his playmaking ability is too great to keep on the sidelines. 

Watch these highlights. They're really freakin' good.


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