ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The season debut of Michigan junior wide receiver Devin Funchess couldn’t have gone better.
Taking the field in the opener against Appalachian State in Michigan’s highly coveted and historic No. 1 jersey, Funchess lived up to the billing with a three touchdown first half, grabbing seven passes for 95-yards on the day.
Since that time though, it’s been a rough go of things for Funchess, unable to reach the end zone, tallying 13 catches for 189-yards.
Funchess injured his right leg in Michigan’s blowout loss at Notre Dame the next week, also sitting out a week three win over Miami (Ohio).
“I was just a little dinged up,” Funchess said. “Just making sure I was ok and everything was alright. I just had to fight through it. You get dinged up during the season, you just have to fight through all the pain.”
Returning in last weeks 26-10 loss to Utah, Funchess reeled in four balls for 80-yards including a long of 25.
Funchess admits even against the Utes he wasn’t fully healthy but at the same time he can’t make excuses, knowing this is just part of the game.
“You never go into a season and stay 100-percent the rest of the season so, each week you get chopped down and I got a big, major chop off and then I’m probably going to get more chopped off throughout the rest of the season,” Funchess said.
“We’ve got a big eight games coming up and just Big Ten football.”
And Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier says the plan is to utilize Funchess as much as possible with conference play looming.
“It’s important that you look at the big picture of things and we tried to get it to Funch a little more,” Nussmeier said. “We had some things that happened to us, some sacks and those types of things.
“Obviously we’re always looking for ways for Devin to touch the ball, you know he had the four touches in the first half, I think it was for 80 some yards and obviously would’ve liked to get him more touches and that’s a focus of our offense each and every week.
“And yeah we would like to get him some touches. We had some more that were called up and we just couldn’t get him the ball.”