Name: Eddie McDoom
Weight: 181 lbs.
High school: Winter Garden (FL) West Orange
Position: Wide receiver
Jersey number: #13
Last year: I ranked McDoom #38 and said he would be a backup receiver with 12 catches for 150 yards and 1 TD (LINK). He made 11 catches for 81 yards, ran 8 times for 43 yards, and made 2 tackles.
TTB Rating: 89
McDoom was expected to be a backup last year, and that was accurate. He put up modest stats working mostly from the slot. He and Donovan Peoples-Jones are the most jet-sweep-y guys on the team, so McDoom got some of those carries and did okay with them. So far his career-long carry is 33 yards, which came in 2016 against Michigan State, but 5.4 yards/carry last year wasn’t bad. The biggest disappointment is McDoom’s lack of contribution in the passing game. I was almost spot-on with my guess that he would get 12 catches (he got 11), but the yardage was way off. McDoom has speed and the ability to do things in open space, but Michigan hasn’t been able to get him there. On top of that – and maybe this is why he was limited to 11 catches – he had an egregious drop late in the game against MSU in 2017.
This year I think McDoom is one of the guys who could benefit most from the arrival of Shea Patterson at quarterback. Patterson can improvise, and McDoom is the type of speedy slot guy who can suddenly find himself wide open when the quarterback reverses field on a scramble. I also detailed the other day how an RPO could work with Patterson and McDoom (LINK). If McDoom can develop a rapport with Patterson, then McDoom could be a breakout player. He will have to hold off redshirt freshman Oliver Martin and fight with senior Grant Perry for snaps. He also can contribute in the return game. I know some people have begun to give up on McDoom, but I still think he can be an effective football player, given the right situation.
Prediction: Backup slot receiver, special teamer; 12 catches, 150 yards, 2 TD