The Wolverine

October 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MAKING THE JUMP One year after Michigan's wideouts combined for 97 receptions, 1,142 receiving yards and only three touchdown grabs — clips of just 7.5 catches, 87.9 receiving yards and 0.2 touchdowns per game — sophomore Donovan Peoples-Jones (No. 9) has led the way for a position revitalization from the young corps. Paced by Peoples-Jones' 14 grabs for 159 yards and four touch- downs through three contests, the group has combined for 31 receptions, 407 receiving yards and six aerial scores — averages of 10.3 catches, 135.7 receiving yards and 2.0 touchdowns per outing. Among the crew's accomplishments this year were stopping a 364-day skid without a U-M receiver tallying a touchdown recep- tion in week two and a three-touchdown day by Peoples-Jones the following outing, Michigan's first since Jehu Chesson hauled in a school-record-tying four against Indiana during the 2015 campaign. No position group on the roster has made a bigger jump from 2017 to this fall — and that is despite the loss of talented redshirt freshman Tarik Black before the season even began and a new position coach in Jim McElwain. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN THE BIG PICTURE

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