Brice Marich, The Michigan Insider

Michigan Spring Game 2017: WR/DB Report

Michigan Spring Game 2017: Wide Receivers and Defensive Back report

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- While Michigan's spring game was simulated, there were plenty of plays to go around in the match up of wide receivers versus defensive backs.

Wide Receivers:

Tarik Black: Arguably had the best day of any wide receiver. He finished with four catches for 50 yards and one touchdown on the day. His match up against fellow early enrolled freshman Benjamin St. Juste turned out to be a mismatch in the end, with Black torching him for a 15-plus yard jump ball reception, followed by a fade in the end zone for the late score in the fourth quarter. He’s big, tall and athletic, and while it may be early, he looks like a legitimate player for U-M.

Donovan Peoples Jones: The highly touted freshman didn’t receive the targets Black did, but still did what he had to do on the field. He caught two straight receptions from Wilton Speight mid-second quarter, one on an out pass and the next on a crossing route. No, his numbers didn’t impress, but you saw the talent, and more is expected of this top-notch freshman moving forward. 

Eddie McDoom: Once again, McDoom made some plays with his feet. He hauled in a nice 29 yard reception, though, he left the game with injury later in the game. He was seen walking with a slight limp afterwards.

Nate Johnson: He fumbled a punt return and his lone reception. That’s two turnovers for the sophomore to be, not good when you’re trying to impress the coaching staff.

Defensive backs:

Brandon Watson: He finished with a nice interception of Brandon Peters. He was back in zone coverage, jumped the route, taking it 32 yards for the returned TD score. He also added a nice tackle-for-loss. He was in on a lot of plays. Looked good at CB today.

Keith Washington: Finished with five tackles. Added a pass break up to his day winning a 50-50 ball on Black. Also had a pass interference, but overall a nice day.

Jordan Glasgow: Not the most talented guy on the field, but showed a knack for the football with his 101 yard TD return of a forced pass by Speight. He finished with two tackles splitting between viper and strong safety.

Tyree Kinnel: He recorded a game-high seven tackles, including a boom hit on Black late in the second quarter. Wasn’t 100 percent today, but played and looked like U-M’s starting fee safety moving forward.

Benjamin St. Juste: He looked smooth and fluid throughout the day, in his first three quarters of play anyways. His highlight, of course, was his interception of Speight when he rolled off his receiver for the INT. Still, he struggled against Black, as noted above. But still has great upside.  


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