Then, well, he broke his foot last spring and was ruled out indefinitely, missing the entire 2013-14 season.
A year later, Darboh is back practicing with the Wolverines, and while he is not participating in all the drills, he is "progressing" thus far in spring camp.
"It's feeling pretty good, progressing every day," he said. "So yeah, just trying to get better and get back on the field.
"I am running routes and I am doing a lot of drills, individuals and all that. I'm just not doing any one-on-ones and competition drills."
He said he should be able to start participating in full drills later this summer heading into fall camp.
"I'm not really regretting anything," Darboh said. "I got a chance to sit back and watch, take notes and stuff, take mental reps."
At 6-foot-2, 214-pounds, Darboh describes his playing style as a big-strong receiver with underestimated speed with good hands. And while he certainly is in the mix for one of the starting wide receiver spots this fall, he is approaching this spring with a team first mentality.
"I haven't really thought of any personal expectations," he said. "Right now we have a lot of chemistry on the team. So as a team we are focusing on team goals and stuff. For me, I'm trying to come back healthy and make sure I stay healthy – so I can be there for the team this season."