Devin Funchess

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Devin Funchess
Devin Funchess (2012-09-15) b.jpg
Funchess at Michigan Stadium, October 2012
Michigan WolverinesNo. 87
Tight end Sophomore
Date of birth: (1994-05-21) May 21, 1994 (age 19)
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Career history
High school: Farmington Hills (MI)Harrison
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Devin Funchess (born May 21, 1994) is an American football tight end. He has completed his sophomore season at the University of Michigan as the starting tight end for the 2013 Michigan Wolverines football team. As a freshman for the 2012 Wolverines, he had 106 receiving yards and a touchdown in his first game as a starter—becoming the first Michigan tight end to total 100 receiving yards in a game since 1997. At the end of the 2012 season, he was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. As a sophomore in 2013, he had a career-high 151 receiving yards in a 42-13 victory over Minnesota.

High school career[edit]

Funchess played tight end for Harrison High School and led the team to the Michigan Division II state championship in 2010.[2][3] He was rated as the fifth best tight end in the country and the third best prospect in Michigan by ESPN.com.[4]

University of Michigan[edit]

Funchess committed to the University of Michigan in 2011, becoming one of the top prospects in Michigan's 2012 recruiting class.[5]

2012 season[edit]

Funchess saw extensive playing time as a freshman for the 2012 Michigan football team.[6] After Brandon Moore sustained a knee injury, Funchess became the team's leading tight end and was described in October 2012 as "one of Michigan's biggest early-season revelations."[7] In the second game of the season, and Funchess' first as a starter, he had 106 receiving yards and a touchdown against Air Force.[8][9][10][11] He became the first Michigan tight end with 100 receiving yards in a game in 15 years; Jerame Tuman accomplished the feat in 1997.[12] Funchess was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week for his performance against Air Force.[13][14] Against UMass the following week, he caught two passes for 34 yards and scored his second career touchdown at Michigan.[15][16]

He scored his third touchdown pass on October 13, 2012, in a 45-0 victory over Illinois.[17] On November 10, 2012, he scored in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard pass from Devin Gardner to give Michigan a 28-24 lead over Northwestern.[18] In the final home game of the season, a 42-17 victory over Iowa, Funchess scored his fifth touchdown on an 29-yard pass from Gardner.[19]

Funchess was a 2012 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the media.[20][21] He was also named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team.[22]

2013 season[edit]

As a sophomore for the 2013 Michigan team, Funchess became the Wolverines' second leading receiver behind Jeremy Gallon. On October 5, 2013, he caught seven passes for 151 yards against Minnesota. He had a 46-yard reception against the Golden Gophers, and his total of 151 yards was also a career high.[23][24] After the Minnesota game, head coach Brady Hoke said: "We wanted to get him out on the perimeter a little bit, mismatch in a lot of ways. He runs awful well and is a big target. We're just trying to really take advantage of his skill set."[25] In an overtime loss to Penn State on October 12, 2013, Funchess caught four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 59-yard touchdown reception.[26] Through the first six games of the season, Funchess had 19 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns. His average of 21.5 yards per catch was the highest in the Big Ten Conference.[27]

After the 2013 season Funchess was named as Big Ten's Tight End of the year.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Who won 2013 Big Ten individual awards?". www.btn.com. Big Ten Network. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Tom Markowski (January 23, 2012). "Blue Chip profiles: Harrison WR Devin Funchess says coaching in future". The Detroit News. 
  3. ^ Tom Markowski (August 24, 2011). "Farmington Hills Harrison could have its best football team ever". The Detroit News. 
  4. ^ "Devin Funchess Profile". University of Michigan. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Tom VanHaaren (September 20, 2011). "TE prospect groomed for success: With skillful hands, and needing only to bulk up, Funchess should see early time". ESPN.com. 
  6. ^ Mark Snyder and Joe Rexrode (October 19, 2012). "Longtime friends Devin Funchess and Aaron Burbridge are now temporary enemies: Harrison teammates play for U-M, MSU". Detroit Free Press. 
  7. ^ Kyle Meinke (October 25, 2012). "Michigan TE Devin Funchess dealing with increased defensive pressure after fast start". Mlive.com. 
  8. ^ Larry Lage (September 9, 2012). "Michigan Leaning on a Lot of Freshmen". Associated Press. 
  9. ^ Luke Pasich (September 8, 2012). "Funchess emerges as big-play target". The Michigan Daily. 
  10. ^ Nick Baumgardner (September 11, 2012). "Michigan players react to freshman Devin Funchess' historic breakout performance at tight end". Mlive.com. 
  11. ^ Chantel Jennings (September 11, 2012). "Freshman TE shines: Breakout game comes as no surprise to followers of Funchess". ESPN.com. 
  12. ^ Kyle Meinke (September 9, 2012). "Freshman Devin Funchess posts best receiving day for Michigan tight end since 1997". Mlive.com. 
  13. ^ "Michigan's Devin Funchess, Denard Robinson earn Big Ten honors". The Detroit News. September 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ Nick Baumgardner (September 10, 2012). "Michigan's Denard Robinson, Devin Funchess pick up Big Ten weekly honors". Mlive.com. 
  15. ^ Kyle Meinke (October 12, 2012). "Michigan's Devin Funchess so impressive, he needs only 1 hand to thrill". Mlive.com. 
  16. ^ Angelique Chengelis (September 18, 2012). "Michigan's receiving corps a surprising strength". The Detroit News. 
  17. ^ Stephen J. Nesbitt (October 13, 2012). "Michigan thrashes Fighting Illini, 45-0, at Michigan Stadium". The Michigan Daily. 
  18. ^ Bob Wojnowski (November 10, 2012). "Devin Gardner's emergence keeps Michigan in Big Ten hunt". The Detroit News. 
  19. ^ Michigan-Iowa box score
  20. ^ "Lewan, Hagerup Win Top Position Awards at Big Ten Banquet". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2012 All-Big Ten Teams and Select Individual Award Winners". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. November 26, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Devin Funchess Bio". Mgoblue.com. CBS Sports. 
  23. ^ "Michigan TE Devin Funchess becomes popular target for Devin Gardner". Detroit Free Press. October 6, 2013. 
  24. ^ Nick Baumgardner (October 6, 2013). "Devin Funchess explodes as No. 19 Michigan eases by Minnesota, 42-13". Mlive.com. 
  25. ^ "Michigan's Devin Funchess turns into target too big to miss". The Detroit News. October 6, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Michigan 40, Penn St 43". ESPN.com. 
  27. ^ "Michigan Football Statistics (6-game Totals)". Mgoblue.com. CBS Sports. October 12, 2013. 

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