One of the few bright spots for the Michigan Wolverines last season was standout Tight End/Wide Out Devin Funchess. He was a mismatch all year for opposing defenses, and it showed throughout the season.
The Sophomore tight end won the Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award last season, and was voted as to the All-Big Ten team, first team in media poll, second team in the coaches poll.
Funchess racked up 748 receiving yards last year (mgoblue.com), and was clearly one of Devin Gardner’s favorite targets in 2013, and will surely be the same talent in 2014. Gardner and Funchess connected on huge pass plays a number of times last year, mainly because of the mismatch that Funchess is when he goes against defensive backs.
Below are the views and opinions of David Mormino, and not necessarily every member of TBHR.
Yards: 920 receiving.
Funchess is capable of being a legitimate 1,000 yard receiver, so I don’t think 172 more yards is expecting too much. If Gardner fixes his turnover issues, he may be able to connect more with Funchess throughout the year, and his yard total will start to pile up.
He was a dominant receiver last season, and he caught six (6) touchdowns on the year. I think this year will mirror the previous one, and eight (8) can certainly happen, possibly more now that Jeremy Gallon has moved onto the NFL.
100 yard receiving games: 5
Funchess had three (3) games last year with 100 yards or more receiving, which is incredibly impressive for a tight end. I think he can get to five (5) games with over 100 yards this year, especially if he is expected to be Gardner’s new favorite target. He is a reliable pass-catcher, and a legitimate red-zone threat against any team.
Look for more 2014 Player Expectations in the next few days.