Perry: 'Friendly Competition' at Slot WR

Sophomore WR Grant Perry says it's a "friendly competition" at slot receiver this fall camp.

Entering his sophomore season at Michigan, Grant Perry says the competition level is “definitely” amped up to new level at wide receiver, with multiple guys vying for playing time this fall camp.

With seniors Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson locked in at starting outside receivers, Perry says, as expected, most of the competition is at slot receiver.

“Everyone knows Darboh and Jehu (Chesson) have the X and Y locked up, so everyone is battling for that third position,” Perry said. “But it’s a friendly competition, we’re all grinding, we’re all working to get an edge on each other. It’s a good competition.”

As a freshman, Perry finished with 14 catches for 128 yards, including one touchdown. But this season, he says he is expected to compete with freshman receivers Eddie McDoom, Nate Johnson and Kekoa Crawford for playing time at the slot. 

“I could really see just about everyone (play),” Perry said. “Coaches said there is no plan on no redshirts, everyone is going to play. So whoever knows what they are doing the most and wants to be out there, is really going to be the ones out there.”

Perry continued with his assessment of his freshman competition.

“McDoom is lighting fast, the guy got wheels,” Perry said. “Nate is really shifty and athletic. And Crawford, he’s a playmaker, he goes and gets the ball when we ask him too.”

Still, however, Perry feels he’s made big strides individually this year as well, which he says can translate onto the field this season.

“I feel like I have made some huge strides,” Perry said compared to his freshman season. “So far as the Citrus Bowl showed and just camp, I’ve real improved as well. I’m trying to explain to these young that it’s a different ball game out there once you actually hit the field and you’re not practicing.

“Just trying to pick up the mental role has helped me too. It’s helped me see things from a different aspect. Just knowing the playbook a lot better this year has helped as well.”

Michigan opens its season with Hawaii on Saturday at Noon ET.

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