Michigan has a very good wideout corps this year.
They have one year in the system and are ready to produce some good numbers this season. One thing that is going to help them is that Tate is actually able to put the ball where they can catch it.
I think they will do a lot better than last year (which isn't hard). They have some redshirt freshmen and a couple of true freshmen that should make an instant impact this year. Here is my look at this years wideouts:
Greg Matthews - 6'3", 209 lbs.
Greg is a very good receiver that will make an impact this year. He has already shown flashes of how good he can be (the one-handed grab at Minnesota). The only thing that he lacks is speed.
Last year, Matthews had 409 yards with 35 catches and two touchdowns. His 409 yards was second on the team.
Matthews is also a senior this year. I think he is going to be a leader for the wide receivers.
I don't think Matthews is a great receiver, but he is really, really good. I think he is going to get a lot of corner passes in the end zone. Matthews should have a pretty good year. His skills and knowledge will make him dangerous this year.
Junior Hemingway - 6'1", 226 lbs.
Junior only played in four games and started once last year. He is an explosive receiver and should create some uneven mismatches for the defense.
His catch against Utah was awesome. That is the type of player he can be when he is healthy.
Junior is going to need to lose a little weight before Western Michigan. Other than that, he has some good hands and is a good route runner. I think if he is healthy, he will show a lot of people what he is made of.
Darryl Stonum - 6'2", 188 lbs.
Last year, Darryl had 14 catches for 176 yards and one TD.
He had a couple of plays that stood out to me last year. The catches were the 30-yard catch against Notre Dame and the 51-yard catch against Purdue. The 51 yard catch was the longest one for the season.
He also has some big play ability. I think he will move up the depth chart gradually as the season progresses. Toward the end of the year, he can be our No. 1 outside receiver. Look for Stonum to start a little slow, then start blowing people out of the water.
Martavious Odoms - 5'9", 171 lbs.
Tay was the best receiver on the field last season. He led the team with receptions (49) and yards (443).
The 49 receptions were the most ever in the program by a freshman receiver. He also had 1040 all purpose yards. He led all Big Ten freshman with receptions and all purpose yards. He had 20 kick off returns for 461 yards, and 10 punts for 126 yards. He had a 73-yard punt return for a TD against Purdue.
He is a quick, shifty receiver that can break it open in open field. He did struggle holding on to the ball. If he can fix his fumble-itis, he could probably be like Steve Breaston was on special teams.
I think he will be a beast this year. I think he will be our most productive receiver this year. And look for him to return some punts and kickoffs for touchdowns this year.
Roy Roundtree - 6'0", 174 lbs.
Roy was redshirted last year. He was the receiver that chose Michigan in the eleventh hour over Purdue. He is a quick receiver that has some great hands. He showed in the spring game that he can also be a deep threat.
From the practice videos I have seen, he seems to be on top of his game. I think Roy and Tate will be a very good tandem. If it is in Roy's reach, he will grab it. I think Roy will have a good season this year if he can stay healthy. I also think he will get in on some special teams.
Terrence Robinson - 5'9", 173 lbs.
Like Roundtree, Robinson was also redshirted. Terrence sports a 4.33 second 40 time. He is a burner, especially in the open field. I think he will also play on special teams.
From what I have seen from him in practice, he should have a decent year. I think Tay will be the lead slot, and Roy has come out out strong, so he will have some proving to do. Look for T-Rob to be a special kid. Once he gets some confidence, he will be tough slot receiver.
We also have Jeremy Gallon, Je'Ron Stokes, and Cameron Gordon coming in the fall. Gallon is an outstanding slot receiver. Stokes is a speedy outside receiver. Gordon is a strong outside receiver. All the returning guys and the new guys should have Michigan's receiving corps back to Michigan standard. While I don't think we will have a 1,000 yard receiver, someone is going to come close. I think all Wolverine fans should feel good about our receivers.