The Wolverine

September 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY MICHAEL SPATH T here comes a time when an understudy must take center stage, and for the 2012 class that season has arrived. Con- tent to contribute behind the scenes, with a few athletes — wide receiver Devin Funchess, linebacker James Ross III and safety Jarrod Wilson, among others — already emerging as starters in their freshman or sopho- more campaigns, the 24 Wolverines remaining from the class of 2012 could occupy 12 starting assignments this fall. This class, the first one signed by head coach Brady Hoke, was to serve as the foundation for Hoke's vision at Michigan. It was to be the class that altered the look of the offensive and defensive lines, brought greater athleticism to linebacker and tight end, boosted the big-play potential at wide receiver and safety, and added a special teams difference-maker. In glimpses, some of those predic- 2012 CLASS REVIEW Ready FoR action The 2012 Group, Brady Hoke's First Full Recruiting Class, Is Positioned To Contribute Significantly This Season Junior Devin Funchess, who started his U-M career at tight end before moving to wide receiver last year, has recorded 64 recep- tions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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