Bunting 'Excited' to Play TE for Harbaugh

Michigan RS freshman TE Ian Bunting discusses his development as a tight end in coach Jim Harbaugh's offense.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It's no secret that Jim Harbaugh is a fan of utilizing tight ends in his offensive game plan, with sometimes as many as three tight ends on the field at the same time.

As a tight end in Harbugh's offense, redshirt freshman Ian Bunting has the right to be "excited," right? Well, he seems to think so.

"Coach Harbaugh has a great track record, especially with tight ends," Bunting said, who has three catches for 45 yards this season. "I'm really excited. I know all the other tight ends are really excited. Not just with the tight ends. But if the tight ends get a little love then it opens it up for everyone else. If the running backs get a little love, then it might open us up and open the wide receivers outside. Only good things can happen if we keep it rolling."

However, Bunting's transition from high school to college hasn't been easy. He admits it's been adjustment, but is now starting to grasp his position as a TE in Michigan's offense after playing WR in his high school days.

"It's been hard work, but it's been to be expected," Bunting said. "I love it, I love it now. I never really put my hand in the dirt till my senior year of high school. It feels great. It feels great do and it's fun. I like blocking people. I like running routes and catching passes, too."

Adding: "I think my biggest thing was the mental side of it," Bunting said. "High school was a lot different for me. Running routes was a lot simpler and understanding blocking schemes and everything. I think I've come a long way. Been getting helped by all the other tight ends, they've been helping me out tremendously."

In the meantime, Bunting, who stands at 6-foot-7, 245-pounds, says he would like to continue gaining good weight as he matures into the position.

"I would like to continue gaining weight," Bunting said. "Hopefully healthy weight, not just put on a bunch a pounds of fat all at the same time. Just pound by pound, good weight."

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