October 18, 2011

Funchess keeping an eye on Ann Arbor

Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison wide receiver Devin Funchess still has time left in his senior season of football. The Harrison Hawks are currently undefeated, and hope to make a run through the playoffs to their second consecutive state title. Funchess has played a key role in that undefeated effort, catching 17 catches for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite his focus on high school success, Funchess also has an eye toward the future. He has kept an eye on Michigan, for whom he'll suit up next fall. Funchess says the team has looked good so far this season.

"The defense sometimes comes out a little shaky," he said. "They don't really get into it until the second or third quarter. They need to come out more with a bang, and play the whole game like that. On offense, Denard needs to get a bit more accurate. Then the team will be on fire."

The play of Michigan's signal-caller is of particular interest to Funchess. A tall long-strider with excellent speed, he knows that he will bring a pass-catching element to next year's Michigan roster from the tight end position. With the departure of Kevin Koger at the end of 2011, playing time could be available, and Funchess hopes to earn it.

"I think I can contribute as a freshman," he said.

He was disappointed to see Michigan lose to in-state rival Michigan State over the weekend - especially since he'll have to hear about it on the practice field from teammates Aaron Burbridge and Jake Vento, both of whom plan to attend Michigan State. Even more disappointing is that he couldn't see the game in person.

"Mario [Ojemudia, also a Michigan commit] asked Jake if we could go to the game, and one of the Michigan State coaches said we weren't allowed to go with them to the game. I would just say it's disrespectful to our teammates and to us."

Farmington Hills Harrison plays cross-town rival Farmington on Friday. TheWolverine.com will be there to take in the action.

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