Wide receiver was one of the weak spots on the Michigan roster heading into the 2012 season, but Amara Darboh's emergence in fall practice suddenly changes the landscape of the receiver position for the Wolverines.
The freshman clearly had talent, but it was still surprising to hear that he excelled in practice immediately. After all, most receivers take a little time to get used to their surroundings.
Either way, he impressed his veteran teammates, with Kyle Meinke of www.annarbor.com reporting that quarterback Denard Robinson said:
"He had a couple catches that shocked us. He competed today. You could tell he wants to play."
And play he will.
Michigan needs to offset the departure of starting wide receiver Darryl Stonum to Baylor and Darboh looks like he could do the job.
Fellow wideout Roy Roundtree sung his praises, too:
"Amara, he just showed out today. I feel like he's really being comfortable. I told him, 'It's football, man. It's just a faster pace.' And he did it."
At 6'2" and 220 pounds, Darboh has No. 1 receiver size and 4.4 speed that makes him a big threat whenever he is on the field.
I'm sure most will know of his inspiring entry into football, in which he moved to the U.S after his parents were murdered in his native Sierra Leone during the civil war.
Clearly, Darboh has had to work that much harder than everyone else to reach the heights he has and it is no surprise he is showing maturity beyond his years in practice.
With Junior Hemingway lost to graduation, it will be up to Darboh and Devin Gardner to make an impact at receiver.
Gardner may find the position switch from quarterback difficult, but Darboh is already showing signs of being the Michigan receiver of the future.