The Wolverine

October 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY JOHN BORTON H e's No. 1 on the concerns list for opposing defensive coordinators. He's No. 1 on the Michigan roster this season, in terms of catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He's No. 1 among Michigan's offensive weapons, given his combination of imposing size and considerable skill. Until this fall, though, junior wide receiver Devin Funchess wasn't No. 1 in the game program. In fact, no Wol- verine had donned the No. 1 jersey for Michigan since Braylon Edwards fin- ished up his career in 2004 as the most productive receiver in Big Ten history. That all changed the week of Michi- gan's opener against Appalachian State. The buzz spread throughout The Big House, when No. 87 was nowhere to be seen, but No. 1 warmed up look- ing awfully like the 6-5, 230-pound recurring nightmare for visiting de- fensive backs. NO. 1 TARGET Devin Funchess Rises Above As A Prime Offensive Weapon Through three games, Funchess led Michigan in catches (16), receiving yards (202) and touchdown grabs (three), even after sitting out the win over Miami (Ohio). PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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