ANN ARBOR -- With wide receiver Amara Darboh out for the season with a foot injury, Michigan will now look to fill the void left by the rising redshirt freshman with unproven depth at wide receiver.
According to Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges: Michigan has the talent to do it.
“Well, fortunately we have some pretty good kids who can fill in,” Borges said.
However, it still doesn’t take away the sting of losing Darboh, who was considered to be a favorite to win one of the starting wide out spots this season.
“I feel probably worse for him,” Borges said. “The kid had an excellent spring ball. He capped it off with a fabulous two-a-days. He was playing good. I feel bad. I feel like this was going to be maybe a coming out season for him. But he’s got a redshirt – so I guess there is a silver lining. I just feel bad for the kid.”
With Darboh out, Borges said Jehu Chesson, Joe Reynolds and Jeremy Jackson will be looked as players who can step into his role this fall.
“We have some capable replacements -- thank goodness,” Borges said.
Borges noted that the depth at wide receiver is still looking good at the moment. Michigan returns seniors Jeremy Gallon and Drew Dileo, who are expected to be the other two primary starters at wide receiver. Although, if there were any more injuries this season it could be a concern moving forward.
“We can’t lose too many more,” Borges said.
Borges said no freshman wide receivers have emerged as potential Darnoh replacements.
“No, it’s still no,” said Borges on freshman WR’s playing this season. “Not yet, but we’re not completely eliminating them either. Not yet anyway.”
With the injury to Darboh, sophomore tight end Devin Funchess is expected to be an even bigger “factor” in the passing game this season, said Borges.
“He’s always going to be a huge factor in our passing game,” Borges said. “And we’re always thinking of different ways of utilizing him like we did a year ago.
“He’s a weapon at tight end and he’s got to be used as a weapon.”
Freshman Jake Butt has also impressed Borges throughout fall camp.
“He’s bigger. He’s stronger. He’s got good hands. He’s what we recruited,” Borges said. “We thought he got a little better. He’s just still learning the offense. He has his issues on occasion. But not many – they’re going away. And being here for spring ball was invaluable.”
Michigan opens it season at home on Aug. 31 vs. Central Michigan.
For the video of the press conference click on the video below.