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Devin Funchess had 106 receiving yards Saturday against Air Force
Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke is going with youth for a reason, not because he has to.
But, to be fair, Hoke really had no other option other than freshman Devin Funchess when it came to replacing senior tight end Brandon Moore, who sat out Saturday to nurse a stretched MCL.
Hoke could have used Mike Kwiatkowski. But Wolverines fans are likely elated that Funchess got the call instead, because he absolutely came out a winner Saturday.
Funchess caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Denard Robinson in the first half. That play alone was enough to take a serious look at Funchess' abilities. He's been raved about since camp, but that play truly showed that he's more than a big-bodied, short-pass type of tight end—he's a deep threat.
And a good one, too.
Adding to his resume was a 19-yard juggling catch that was one of the better grabs of the weekend.
Score one for the 6'5", 230-pound frosh who tallied 106 receiving yards on six catches (26.5 average).
Funchess was gracious when asked about his strong debut, the best showing from a Michigan tight end since Jerame Tuman had 126 yards against Colorado in 1997.
"I just went out there and did my job like I was supposed to, like I was coached to in practice," Funchess said via MLive.com. "I learned from Brandon Moore and Mike Kwiatkowski how to get off of some kinds of coverages."
Attaboy. Way to be humble.
The bad news, of course—because there is bad news—is that Moore and Kwiatkowski could find themselves sliding down the depth chart due to Funchess' grand opening.