|Je’Ron Stokes (#6) hauls in a touchdown pass in the 2011 spring game|
Name: Je’Ron Stokes
Weight: 193 lbs.
High school: Northeast High School in Philadelphia, PA
Position: Wide receiver
Jersey number: #6
Last year: I ranked Stokes #42 and said he’d have a dozen catches as a backup wide receiver. He had 1 catch for 11 yards.
I overestimated Stokes’ usefulness a little bit last year, a season in which he had exactly one reception. He tied for 12th on the team in receptions, and Michigan only lost five of their 243 receptions from a season ago (all five coming from tight end Martell Webb). So there are still ten guys left who had more productive seasons catching the ball.
When Stokes is out on the field, he doesn’t look bad. He’s not particularly slow or particularly short. It seems like the quarterbacks just have better chemistry with the other wideouts. With three seniors (Junior Hemingway, Martavious Odoms, and Darryl Stonum if he gets his life in order) and the team’s leading receiver (Roy Roundtree) returning here in 2011, things aren’t looking good for Stokes in the near future. He probably won’t be targeted much again this season, which gives him one year to shine before running out of eligibility. The clock is ticking.
Prediction: Backup wide receiver; 5 catches, 70 yards
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