ANN ARBOR—Appearing in 11 games as a true freshman in 2012, now Michigan sophomore wide receiver Amara Darboh is on the path to an expanded role within the Wolverines offense in 2013. Playing special teams in 10 games, recording five tackles, Darboh wasn’t able to snag his first career catch in four appearances at wide receiver.
After turning in a strong off-season, including a very productive spring, Darboh feels much more confident in his second go round with fall camp.
“(I’m) just understanding the offense more,” Darboh said. “I’m still getting help from guys like (Jeremy) Gallon, Drew Dileo, and the coaches are helping me out too.
“I’m trying to understand the defenses more, like what the defenses are in and stuff like that.”
Along with Gallon and Dileo, veterans Jeremy Jackson and Joe Reynolds continue to show Darboh the way, as well as redshirt freshman Jehu Chesson, and the group of three true freshmen, working and learning together on the same page.
“It’s been great,” Darboh said. “We’ve got a great senior class and they’re after us young guys to try to get us to work each and everyday. It helps a lot when you have great leaders like that.
“I’m just out there competing. Me, Jehu, and the young wide receivers are out there competing, just trying to do whatever we can to make the team better.”
Pleased with the progress of his 6-foot-2, 212-pound sophomore wide out, Michigan receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski has high hopes for Darboh, but still isn’t ready to anoint someone that hasn’t done it on Main Street just yet.
“He’s been on the field, he hasn’t caught a ball for us yet,” Hecklinski said. “Obviously he’s made some great strides. He’s another one now, he’s big, he’s strong, he’s physical, and he’s had a nice camp so far.
“We still got to progress him to a point where he gets to that point where he’s like Jeremy or Drew where you’re like, ok, you know what you’re going to get, and he’s still working toward that.”
Ready to take the field for the opener against Central Michigan on Aug. 31, Darboh is keeping any distractions to a minimum.
“I’m just trying to compete right now, focusing on camp, and focusing on that first game,” Darboh said.
To watch video of Darboh from media day, press play below.