Officially announced via a release by the Michigan athletic department Tuesday afternoon, Funchess has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility in Ann Arbor to enter the 2015 NFL Draft this spring.
"I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support," said Funchess in a statement. "It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I am prepared to take the next step in my journey.”
To the surprise of everyone, Michigan announced Funchess would wear the coveted No. 1 jersey just moments before the Wolverines took the field in the season opener against Appalachian State.
What followed in the 2014 season was a year of ups and downs for Funchess who starred in his prep days at Farmington (Mich.) Hills Harrison.
Funchess caught three touchdown passes in the win over Appalachian State but found the end zone just one more time the rest of the season, finishing with 62 receptions and 733-yards on his way to being named a second-team All-Big Ten selection.
"I want to personally thank Coach Hoke and his staff," Funchess added. "I’ve learned life and character lessons from them, and they have helped me become a better person and man. I love Michigan. From the former players to the fans, it’s a special place.
“The opportunity to play in the Big House in front of 100,000 strong each week, those are memories that will last with me forever. It’s been an honor to strap on the winged helmet for three years with my teammates, and I will always bleed Maize and Blue."
In a career that began at tight end before officially making the switch over to wide receiver following the 2013 season, Funchess amassed 126 catches, 1,715-yards and 15 touchdowns throughout his three-year career.
Funchess’ most promising season came as a sophomore catching 47 passes for 727-yards with six touchdowns, named Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year.
Funchess is projected as a mid to late first round pick by most media outlets and at 6-foot-5, 230-pounds could factor into game plans as a wide receiver or tight end.
The 2015 NFL Draft is set for April 30-May 2 in Chicago.