The MichiganWolverines wide receiving unit as a whole shares a couple things in common: Youth and Talent.
For returner Donovan Peoples-Jones, weight will be lifted off of his shoulders this year with the return of Tarik Black, who originally was projected to be the ‘X’ factor of the Michigan offense a year ago.
Black was sidelined due to an injury for the entire season, and he and Peoples-Jones are looking to become one of the best X-Y combinations in college football. Black made his statement with a big day in his first college football game, where he caught a touchdown and led Michigan in receiving yards that day.
Former four-star and native of Georgia Nico Collins will also look to be an intricate part of Michigan’s passing offense.
Collins saw limited action as a freshman, but his size at 6-foot-4 makes him a hard cover for any defensive back. Collins’ focus in the offseason should have been on his route running and speed, as the new look Michigan offense is due to see more unique play calls and passing draw-ups.
Michigan also returns junior Kekoa Crawford, who has been underwhelming in his first two seasons as a Wolverine. He has just 21 receptions for 290 yards in 16 games played, and although he is a junior, his playing time may be limited once again.
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The only receiver incoming for Michigan will be three star Ronnie Bell, a 6-foot-1, 170 pounder from Missouri. Bell comes out of high school as the 213-ranked wide receiver.
There will be plenty of depth at receiver this year for Michigan, and barring the quarterback play, it could be a fun year passing the ball at the Big House.