|Junior Hemingway (#21) runs away from Mississippi State’s Disgusting Shin Man|
Name: Junior Hemingway
Weight: 222 lbs.
High school: Conway High School in Conway, SC
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #21
Last year: I ranked Hemingway #26 and said he would make 25 receptions for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. He caught 32 passes for 593 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Well, I was close to being right on the number of receptions, and I was exactly correct about the touchdowns. Where I missed big-time was on the yardage.
Michigan’s Denard Robinson’s running game opened up some deep throws for the Wolverines in 2010, and Hemingway took advantage whenever Robinson threw the ball in his vicinity. Hemingway caught a slant against Indiana and rambled to the endzone (he’s not blessed with great speed), and he also outjumped a Hoosiers defensive back for a 42-yard reception at the end of the game, which set up the game-winning play. Perhaps his biggest highlight was the 45-yard catch and run against Illinois, in which he shimmied and shook on the sideline until the Illini defensive backs flailed miserably as he slipped past them down the sideline. Things were about as exciting as they could get for a receiver who had less than 600 yards and only four scores.
Hemingway is poised to expand on that production here in 2011. Michigan will still run plenty of plays from spread formations, but when the Wolverines get into the I-formation or split backs, Hemingway should see plenty of throws coming his way. Whereas the other wideout, Roy Roundtree, might be hampered by his lack of size as he moves out of the slot, Hemingway is more familiar with playing outside and will still be bigger and stronger than the cornerbacks covering him. His ability to go up for jump balls and shield defenders from passes should serve him well. Hemingway might not be the next great receiver in the mold of Braylon Edwards, David Terrell, etc., but he should be a very solid target for Denard Robinson.
Prediction: 70 receptions, 1000 yards, 7 touchdowns
Poll results: Kevin Koger got 40% of the vote while Patrick Omameh got 27% and Hemingway finished third with 21%.
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