Turel's U-M Spring Preview: Wide Receivers

GoBlueWolverine's Josh Turel is going through the Michigan football team, position by position: here are his 2005 Review and 2006 Pre-Spring-Practice Preview. Next Up: Wide Receivers -- will there be one go-to guy in '06?

Wide Receivers

15 Steve Breaston 5th./Sr.
86 Mario Manningham So./So.
81 Doug Dutch Fr./So.
16 Adrian Arrington Jr./So.
17 Carl Tabb 5th./Sr.
18 Antonio Bass So./So.
82 Laterryal Savoy 6-2 195 So./Fr.
Fall- Greg Matthews

2005 review:

2005 was an inconsistent year for Michigan receivers. The headliner was Jason Avant who at least eased the loss of Braylon Edwards with his classic reliable hands, eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark. Steve Breaston again saw a reduction in receptions and gave way to freshman Mario Manningham as the team's deep threat. Manningham had a standout first season, highlighted by a game-winning touchdown against Penn State. At times this group had trouble getting open and with coverage reading, notably some of the younger players like Manningham and Antonio Bass. Adrian Arrington was injured early in the season and missed the rest of the year, taking an eventual red shirt. Doug Dutch didn't contribute much either after being limited due to poor health early in the season.
Grade: C

2006 preview:

There are a lot of questions going into the spring.

First and foremost: who will be the starters? Breaston is a senior but if he and Manningham enter the year as the starters, the mid range passing game and perimeter blocking will suffer. The ideal situation would be for one of these two to start and the other to be the third wideout in multiple receiver packages.

I expect Michigan will play to its strengths with this unit and become a more vertical passing team, which could benefit some of the players in the ranks. Antonio Bass has excellent potential but still has a lot of work to do. Doug Dutch is in his make or break year with the team but could see playing time in DeBord\lquote s offense. After a suspension late last season, Adrian Arrington's future could be up in the air. Even with very little game experience, Arrington drew high praise from Coach Carr last spring. If he is in for spring practice, that means he should be in the fold for this year. Senior Carl Tabb is still one of the fastest players on the team but hasn't made much of an impact on offense the past few seasons. Redshirt freshman Laterryal Savoy has drawn high praise from observers and is one of the few on the roster who could offer a possession type style to the offense. How healthy (or intact) the receiving core is will likely determine whether true freshman Greg Matthews redshirts.

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