Film Breakdown: Moe Ways

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As the 2014 recruiting class was starting to take shape, it appeared that some local talent might get shut out of the recruiting race. This wasn’t the case for 3* WR Moe Ways out of Detroit Country Day high 
school. Ways was not a heavily recruited player. With 10 scholarships offers in hand, Michigan was without a doubt his strongest offer. 
At 6’4 195 pounds, Ways has a chance to grow and gain some weight/muscle during his time with Michigan. It is very possible you could see Ways gain another 15-20 pounds as he progresses with the program. For example, and by size comparison only, Braylon Edwards is currently listed at 6’3 214 pounds. A decent measuring stick if you want an idea on capabilities of growth.
Just what kind of receiver is Michigan getting with Ways? Check out my film breakdown after the jump to find out.


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After reviewing Ways tape, there a few things that stick out to me:

  • Good hands: Ways benefited from having talented Tyler Wiegers (Iowa commit) throwing him the ball, but not every pass can be perfect. Great hands is an area where I feel Ways excels at. Granted, a highlight tape isn’t going to show the drops. But he shows a great ability to catch passes. Whether it’s in traffic, on the run, or a simple slant. Ways has the ability to be a reliable receiver that the QB can depend on to get a simple first down or more.
  • Good speed, not great: Ways isn’t going to burn the fastest defensive backs in the conference but give him some space or miss a tackle and he could make you regret it. His speed is far from “elite” but he can create enough separation from the defense to do damage with the deep ball or slant pass.
  • Deep ball threat: As I said before, he isn’t a blazer but he has the size and vertical leap to go up and get the deep ball. Before I can go out on a limb and call him a home run threat, I’d need to see him to try catch more passes in traffic, but the tape showed that him and Wiegers could throw the home run pass on occasion. Hopefully that can translate to the next level.
  • Agility (Negative): I wasn’t enamored with Ways’ footwork or agility. Sure, this film is such a small sample size that you can’t really determine a hit or miss. I just didn’t see the ability to make defenders miss (YET) like some receivers with his size have.This problem is correctable and can easily be fixed by the coaching staff. If Ways could add some speed and agility to his arsenal, he has the potential to become a very dangerous receiver.
I don’t see Ways as a type of receiver that will plummet on the depth chart as the years progress. I feel that he has the tools the coaching staff are looking for and could be effective under the offense Doug Nussmeier will implement. Considering the depth at WR is very thin right now, it is possible that Ways could see some playing time this season. However, I can see Ways taking a redshirt year to gain some size and strength.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.