Name: Tarik Black
Weight: 215 lbs.
High school: Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #7
Last year: I ranked Black #27 and said he would be a starting wide receiver with 35 catches for 450 yards and 5 touchdowns (LINK). He caught 11 passes for 149 yards and 1 touchdown.
TTB Rating: 82
Black had a great start to his career, making 2 catches for 83 yards and 1 touchdown in the season opener against Florida. He was less effective against Cincinnati (4 catches for 11 yards) and had 5 catches for 55 yards against Air Force. Unfortunately, he also broke his foot against Air Force, which ended his season. Black entered college playing second fiddle to fellow receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, but early on it looked like Black was more ready to contribute in college.
Now that he’s healthy again, Black looks to be a starter on the outside. He should be one of the guys who benefits most from having an experienced, talented quarterback in Shea Patterson. Black is big and strong with good speed and ball skills. Normally a guy with 11 career catches wouldn’t be ranked this high in the countdown, but Michigan doesn’t have a lot of numbers at outside receiver now that Maurice Ways, Drake Harris, Kekoa Crawford, and others have moved on to greener pastures. Black is going to need to play – a lot – or else the Wolverines will find themselves with huge question marks on the outside.
Prediction: Starting wide receiver; 45 catches for 600 yards and 6 touchdowns
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