Michigan's Ian Bunting discusses his progress at tight end, other standouts at tight end and more.

Michigan's Ian Bunting discusses his progress at tight end, other standouts at tight end and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Throughout spring camp redshirt sophomore Ian Bunting has been working on his craft to become a better pass catcher, blocker and -- ultimately -- a better tight end. 

“I think I’ve gotten a lot better, better at football, better really at the little things,” said Bunting in interview with The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb.

“Which I needed to get better at this spring. We’ve all been working hard, especially the tight ends, I can speak for the tight ends, we’ve all been working hard to get those little things to tweak and working everyday in practice.”

At 6-foot-7, 252-pounds, Bunting appeared in 10 games in 2015, finishing with five catches for 72 yards. And he’ll be the first to admit he’s come a long way since his 225-pound playing days as a wide receiver in high school, where he first learned to block.

“My senior year of high school I played a little tight end, I liked blocking, it’s fun,” Bunting said. “ I still do. When you’re a wide receiver you don’t get the same experience. When you’re inline with all the lineman, it’s kind of fun to go in a bury  (into a player).”

Who has Bunting buried? Well, he wouldn’t give any names, however, he did say he’s improved going up against a few U-M’s top defensive lineman.

“I go up against Taco (Charlton) and Chris (Wormley) everyday,” Bunting said. “They are great defensive lineman. I think because of going up against them everyday it’s gotten me better at blocking. So I have used that as a way to fine tune what I needed to work at.”

Bunting isn’t alone at the tight end position. Along with All-American Jake Butt, U-M’s also boasts two-redshirt freshman Tyrone Wheatley Jr. and Zak Gentry, who both are making huge strides this spring, says Bunting.

“Well they’ve definitely come a long way,” Bunting said of Wheatley Jr. and Gentry. “Everyone kind of experiences it their first year, when you’re a freshman there is definitely a learning curve.”

Adding: “I remember when I was in their position; at first it’s a lot to take in. Just everyday when you get more repetitions, you start to understand it more, you start to get you technique down. I think they’ve come a long way and they’re both great tight ends.”

Michigan plays its spring game on Friday at 6 p.m.

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