2018 Season Countdown: #54 Nick Eubanks

2018 Season Countdown: #54 Nick Eubanks


July 11, 2018

Nick Eubanks (image via ClickOnDetroit)

Name: Nick Eubanks
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 236 lbs.
High school: Ft. Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage
Position: Tight end
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #18
Last year: I ranked Eubanks #55 and said he would be a backup tight end (LINK). He made 2 catches for 61 yards.
TTB Rating: 44

Eubanks started off last season with a bang. He caught passes of 48 and 13 yards against Florida, even as a backup. Then he suffered a couple injuries after the first month of the season and his year quickly came to an end.

This year the tight end position is still crowded, even though Michigan has lost Jake Butt, Devin Asiasi, and Ian Bunting over the past two off-seasons. Sean McKeon and Zach Gentry are the two front-runners at tight end, McKeon as an in-line guy and Zach Gentry as more of a flex threat. Michigan has other options with Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., Mustapha Muhammad, and others. Eubanks was fourth in catches among tight ends last season (behind McKeon, Gentry, and Wheatley), but his usage in the opener implied more if he had been able to stay healthy. There’s a chance he will move ahead of Wheatley, but McKeon and Gentry are pretty strongly entrenched. Eubanks will probably have to wait his turn until those guys graduate or leave for the NFL.

Prediction: Backup tight end

7 comments

  1. Comments: 1145
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    Roanman
    Jul 11, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    I’m more interested than usual to see the new vitals come out. As luck would have it, Singleton and Eubanks are the two non linemen at the top of my list. Singleton, north of 225 by even a pound would be a real good thing as far as I’m concerned and Eubanks at 246 or 8 could be a real problem to defend if he’ll come down hard and hit people blocking.

  2. Comments: 2
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    GoBlue2105
    Jul 12, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    A healthy eubanks surpasses gentry in my opinion. Love his size and athleticism he brings to the table.

    • Thunder
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      Jul 12, 2018 at 2:44 PM

      I don’t know if I buy that, but you never know. There’s been some talk that Gentry could be an early NFL draft entrant after another season of percolating at the TE position. I think he’s similar to Mark Andrews, who was a 3rd round pick out of Oklahoma.

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    GoBlue2105
    Jul 12, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    I know in reality were talking about one game, but i dont see gentry in the box score against florida. Eubanks just brings so much more to the offense than gentry. But of course; were talking about a healthy eubanks and that has yet to be seen. At the end of the day. The more play makers the better for this struggling O.
    GoBlue!

    • Thunder
      Comments: 2614
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 13, 2018 at 8:25 AM

      I get what you’re saying about Gentry not playing much vs. Florida, but he also got a full season of snaps and game experience while Eubanks was out with injury. That might be enough to put/keep him ahead in itself.

    • Comments: 28
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      greggoblue
      Jul 13, 2018 at 8:36 AM

      I do think we see a heckuva lot more of Eubanks than just 2 catches this year if he can remain healthy. I’m not sure if I’d slate him ahead of Gentry (who IMO is the best TE in the B1G), but judging by his pre-injury usage last year I’m willing to bet we’re going to see a lot of him. Appropriately ranked, I think.

      • Comments: 143
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        ragingbull
        Jul 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM

        if patterson proves to be more accurate than other recent QBs and the coaches trust him more than those others to throw down the middle of the field, then gentry could be in for a big year.

        that dude has such a massive catch radius, hopefully theyre able to take advantage with more looks up the seam and to the corner. actually they have a slew of bigger bodied dudes like mckeon, eubanks, those 3 soph receivers, etc all large targets with solid ball skills – could be fun to watch.
        heres hoping theyre given plenty of chances to show off improved ability to catch contested balls, earn catches thru contact, pluck some high ones, etc

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