Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gave high praise to fifth-year senior wide receiver Amara Darboh at B1G Media Days.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gave high praise to fifth-year senior wide receiver Amara Darboh at B1G Media Days.

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Michigan offense isn't short on weapons heading into the 2016 season.

With the likes of Jake Butt, Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh and a stable of running backs all remaining in Ann Arbor, whatever quarterback ultimately ends up guiding the Wolverines this season will have plenty of help.

Unclear who the playmakers would be at outside receiver prior to 2015, both Chesson and Darboh emerged as reliable targets for fifth-year transfer Jake Rudock.

While Darboh led Michigan with 58 receptions, Chesson proved to be the true deep threat averaging just shy of 16 yards per catch, leading the Wolverines with nine touchdown grabs.

Now a little over a month from this season getting underway, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh believes that could change this fall.

"I would say (Darboh's) our top receiver right now," Harbaugh said Monday at Big Ten media days in Chicago. "As we went through the season last year, I thought that was Jehu Chesson. 

"And then Amara surged during spring ball, and they're in a very good-hearted competition there to be our best receiver."

Although Darboh will certainly take the compliment from his coach, the fifth-year senior graduate student is also smart enough to understand how his coach is wired.

"I think that's his way to do that, to motivate each other," Darboh said. "Jehu is a very competitive guy though, I don't think he needs that. When he comes back this fall he's going to do his thing and he's a really good wide receiver."

After appearing in 12 games and catching a grand total of zero balls during his freshman season, Darboh missed his sophomore campaign due to injury.

Bursting on the scene in 2014 snagging 36 balls for 473-yards and two touchdowns, Darboh built on that a season ago, most notably making a highlight reel, one-handed catch in an early non-conference blowout of BYU.

"I'm confident, excited and I feel like I'm polished going on my fifth year here," he said. "I've improved every year here and so, yeah I'm very excited for it."


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