Canteen is Earning 'Respect' of Teammates

Michigan players discuss the development of Freddy Canteen this spring. And why Canteen is already becoming known as a play maker. **W/Player Video**

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Devin Gardner faked the handoff, dropped back and threw a perfect strike to a wide open Freddy Canteen down the left sideline good for a 45-yard gain in Michigan's annual spring game on Saturday.

That play in itself, is a prime example of what the U-M coaches and players have been raving about this spring, and what the early enrollee Canteen brings to the table at wide receiver.

He's simply a playmaker.

At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, Canteen possesses top-end line speed, route running ability and most notably – maturity – for a player who was a senior at Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy just five months earlier.

But Canteen has come to Ann Arbor with a work ethic and has earned the "respect" of his fellow teammates as a freshman already.

"He's earned respect out here," Gardner said on Canteen's play this spring. "Fourteen or 15 practices right now. He's played well. He's made plays. And he's developed a trust with all the quarterbacks. And we trust him. And it's great that he came in and was a big surprise to be alongside Devin Funchess, who is already a big play threat."

And Funchess agrees.

"He's a playmaker," Funchess said. "All playmaker's go out there and make plays, and he's been making plays all spring. So that's why I feel like he's going to be on the field in the fall."

Where Canteen plays on the field may be the more logical question. He line up at outside and slot receiver in the spring game. Although, it seems Michigan coach Brady Hoke hasn't decided where to put his newest acquisition.

"He maybe there (on the outside) in the fall. He may be at slot," Hoke said. "But overall, Freddy had a really good spring. He's come in a with a great maturity that you don't see in a lot of guys who come in early. … Part of that is his development at his high school. His development from his home life. But Freddy is very talented."

Canteen, who self proclaimed himself the fastest player on the team last week, brings a certain confidence that already has Gardner believing in his ability.

"Without a doubt, Freddy brings a swag to the team, a confidence that everybody likes" Gardner said. "His speed is obviously a big part of that. He feels like he can run by pretty much anybody – and I believe he can as well."

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