This time Funchess, who is entering his junior season at Michigan, has been named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list, which is given annually to the college football’s top wide receiver.
The nomination comes after Funchess made the fulltime switch to receiver this spring, after playing mostly tight end in his first two seasons at U-M.
Funchess started at tight end 26 times in his first two seasons at Michigan. He was named Big Ten Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year last season and was named an All-Big Ten performer. He finished with 49 catches for 748 yards and six touchdowns in 2013, which are highest single-season totals for a tight end in Michigan’s history. For his career, he has 64 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns.
At 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, Funchess possess rare size and speed for a receiver his size. This off-season, it was reported he ran a 4.3 forty, and with the graduation of Jeremy Gallon, Funchess should be looked as Michigan’s No. 1 receiving target this season.
Funchess is looking to become the second Wolverine to win the Biletnikoff since former U-M wide receiver Braylon Edwards won the award in 2004.
Funchess was also named to the Maxwell Award watch list last week.