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May 21, 2019 – Happy Birthday Michigan Man Devin Funchess

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to Michigan Man Devin Funchess. Devin Funchess was born on this day in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He attended Harrison High School in Farmington where he became an outstanding athlete. Devin starred in football and track and field, but football was his best sport. He was one of the most highly recruited players in Michigan. Brady Hoke convinced him that Michigan was the best place to play college football.

(Note-Freshman Devin Funchess (#19) is shown above with the 2012 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the fifth row – first man on the left.. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Michigan Man Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess arrived in Ann Arbor in the fall of 2012. He was good enough to play in his first year and he played very well. Devin was a rangy tight end who could get open. Funchess started five games in 2012 and earned his first letter. He caught 15 passes for 234-yards and 5 touchdowns during his first season.

Funchess became the first Michigan Tight End to earn first team honors on the 2012 Football Writers Association of American Freshman All-American team. Devin also earned honorable mention from the Big Ten Conference writers in 2012. So, his Michigan career was off to a good start, that’s for sure! Unfortunately, the BIG down side was that the Wolverines regressed from their outstanding season in 2011. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 8 wins and 5 losses. The Wolverines  and ended the Big Ten season at 6 wins and 2 losses.

Michigan Man Devin Funchess | gobluefootballhistory.com

Michigan Man Devin Funchess lettered on three Michigan Football teams from 2012 to 2014. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Athletic Department.

Working to Get Better

Brady Hoke made it clear that 2012 was not an acceptable season for Michigan Football. He challenged himself, his coaches and his players to step things up in 2013. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Michigan slipped to a final record of 7 wins and 6 losses and dropped to 3 wins and 5 losses in the conference. No, it was not a good year for the Wolverines.

Devin Funchess was one of the bright spots, most of the time, for the Michigan offense in 2013. He played in all thirteen games and recorded two starts at tight end and one at wide receiver. He was a nightmare match-up for most defenses because of his size and athleticism. However, he was also inconsistent because he seemed to drop 1-2 “catchable” balls in just about every game. The good news was that Funchess made 49 receptions for 748-yards and scored 6 touchdowns. Devin played well enough to earn first team All-Conference honors at Tight End in 2013. He was also named the best Tight End in the conference in 2013.

A Position Switch Yields Bigger Numbers

Michigan Man Devin Funchess found himself at a new position in 2014. Coach Hoke decided to switch him from Tight End to Wide Receiver. Once again, Devin was a big part of the Michigan offense. He stepped up his production with 62 receptions for 733-yards and 4 touchdowns. Funchess averaged over 66-yards per game for the season. Unfortunately, the roof fell in on Coach Hoke and his Michigan Football team. Lots of things went wrong at the wrong time which resulted in a dismal season of 5 wins and 7 losses. The Wolverines ended the conference season at 3-5 for the second straight season. no, it was definitely a bad year in Ann Arbor.

Hoke’s Tenure Ended in 2014 and So Did the M-Career of Devin Funchess

After Michigan fired Brady Hoke at the end of the season, Devin Funchess announced that he was leaving a year early to play in the National Football League. Michigan Man Devin Funchess ended his Michigan career with some solid numbers. He totaled 126 receptions for 1,715 yards and 15 touchdowns in three years of varsity play. Funchess earned three varsity letters and earned some nice recognition for his efforts. As you probably know, he is doing just fine in the NFL.

So, today is a good day to remember Michigan Man Devin Funchess. He was an excellent player who brought Michigan fans to their feet many times during his three seasons in the Big House. Funchess was usually a bright spot in a difficult time for Wolverine Football. Thank you, Devin Funchess, for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan Football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!

To read more about Devin Funchess check out the links below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devin_Funchess

http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/2014fbt.htm

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