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August 19, 2014
By The Numbers: Setting WR records
Michigan's 6-5, 230-pound junior, Devin Funchess, may be the most physically impressive wide receiver the Wolverines have ever featured. And as the clear No. 1 target on the team, he could break every U-M single-season record this fall.
Braylon Edwards (2001-04), Jeremy Gallon (2010-13) and Desmond Howard (1989-91) own the three most prestigious marks with 97 receptions in 2004, 1,373 yards in 2013 and 19 touchdowns in 1991, respectively.
For Funchess to eclipse those single-season marks, he would have to average 7.5 receptions per game (assuming 13 contests), 105.6 yards per game and 1.5 touchdowns.
How likely is that?
Over the last five years, 49 receivers nationally have averaged better than 7.5 receptions per game (appearing in at least 12 games) or about 10 per year.
During that same five-year stretch, 36 receivers averaged 105.6 yards per contest but a mere three had 1.5 touchdowns per game.
Funchess averaged 4.6 catches, 67.0 yards and 0.6 TDs in nine games last season in which he lined up at wide receiver after making the move from tight end. However, as U-M's No. 1 receiver last season, Gallon averaged 6.8 receptions, 105.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns, proving that the top single-season effort is within Funchess' reach.