Michigan TE coach Jay Harbaugh has high hopes for Jake Butt's senior season at U-M.

Michigan TE coach Jay Harbaugh reflects on his conversation with Jake Butt on staying for his senior season.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jake Butt could easily be preparing for this May’s 2016 NFL Draft.

Instead, however, Michigan's All-American tight end is preparing for his senior season as a Wolverine.

And big part of his decision to stay for his fourth season was to be the best tight end in college football and work on his inconsistencies as a blocker, said U-M tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh today at Schembechler Hall.

“I just told him if he comes back the plan will continue as it was already laid out – to make him the best tight end in the America,” Harbaugh said. “I think he is now. I think he can separate and solidify that this year with just making a few tweaks and solidifying a few things.”

Arguably the best tight end in all the land as a junior, Butt was named Big Ten Tight End of the year and was named an AP All-American second-teamer among his many accolades. He finished his junior season with 51 catches for 654 yards and three touchdowns.

That being said: What does Butt need to improve on if he does plan on becoming the best tight end in America? Well, his blocking is priority number one, says Harbaugh.  

“Just consistency, he’s very capable as a blocker,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been a violent guy. He’s had good hands as a blocker. He’s played low enough. It’s not 100 percent, so it just taking it and making it an all the time thing. That’s probably the biggest thing.

Adding: “It’s not like he was bad. It’s not like he was a great receiver who can’t block. It’s just the standard here is so high. At that position we want him to be the very best. We want him to win 100 percent of our blocks.”

Michigan plays its annual spring game on April 1 at 6 p.m.


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