Michigan wide out Amara Darboh led the Wolverines in receptions and yards on his way to five touchdowns in 2015. To him, thank Jake Rudock.

Michigan wide out Amara Darboh led the Wolverines in receptions and yards on his way to five touchdowns in 2015. To him, thank Jake Rudock.

Heading into 2015, Michigan's passing attack was as big of a question mark as anything for the Wolverines.

With unproven but mostly under utilized talent in the receiving corps, Michigan was in desperate need of a true deep threat to emerge, along with dependable hands for senior quarterback Jake Rudock.

Luckily for Rudock and the Wolverines, two emerged this season, including Amara Darboh.

"I think throughout camp we were improving and stuff but there was still a lot of things we needed to work on with each other," Darboh said. "Throughout the season I don't think it was just one game, we progressed throughout the season and we spent more time together."

Darboh led the team with 56 receptions for 703-yards, also recording five touchdowns.

Following Michigan's spring football game, the Wolverines group of receivers left much to be desired with several dropped passes and a lack of playmaking ability down field.

Responding to that, Darboh believes the difference from then to now is vast.

"A lot has changed since spring ball," he said. "Spring ball was getting in the new offense, trying to get adjusted to it.

"I think from then we were just focused on us, trying to improve and then we knew there were plays we left out there in that game and knew we had to get better. Now we know we have to get better going against a great team."

One of the key differences is the development and insertion of Rudock.

Rudock struggled in the season opening loss at Utah, tossing up three interceptions. Since that time though, Rudock righted the ship and proved to be someone that could help Michigan, as opposed to hurting them.

According to Darboh though, it's not just Rudock's arm that makes him so valuable to the offense.

"He's a great leader," Darboh said. "I think having a great leader at quarterback helps a lot. A great leader and a great football player. He goes through his reads well and everything."

Early in the season Darboh admitted timing and trust between quarterback and wide receiver needed to be built. Over time, it was.

Now, just days from kicking things off against Florida in the Citrus Bowl, the extra prep is paying off.

"He puts the ball where we want it," he said. "Also, I think a lot of times he watches film and then talks as we watch film together and then the coaches help, Coach Harbaugh, Coach Fisch, I think that has a little bit to do with it too."


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