Freshman TE Funchess makes big plays

September, 8, 2012
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There were too many possible puns, so freshman tight end Devin Funchess couldn't get away from the media without letting them know what his nickname was.

And while "D-Funch" was his ultimate response, several had hoped it would be along the lines of "Getting Funch-y" or "Bunches of Funchess." Because no one could deny that Funchess had quite the coming-out party on Saturday against Air Force and the public had already begun crowning him with nicknames.

The true freshman, who stepped into the first-string tight end position after senior Brandon Moore suffered a knee injury, became senior quarterback Denard Robinson's go-to tight end. He caught four passes for 106 yards and one touchdown.

"I was working hard in practice," Funchess said. "It just so happened that they needed me to step up this week and I had to step in and do the job."

It was Michigan's first 100-yard tight end game in more than a decade -- last accomplished by Jerame Tuman during the 1997 season.

"I think he did a nice job," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said of Funchess' performance. "You like to go to playmakers and so there were things set up for him, but he also makes plays. He's coming along."

Chantel Jennings | email

Oregon/Pac-12 reporter

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