Name: Darrius Clemons
Weight: 212 lbs.
High school: Portland (OR) Westview
Position: Wide receiver
Jersey number: #0
Last year: I ranked Clemons #53 and said he would be a backup wide receiver (LINK). He caught 1 pass for 7 yards while playing in eleven games.
TTB Rating: 88
Michigan has had such great success on the ground the past couple seasons that the wide receivers are forgotten about a little bit. And when long-time contributors like Ronnie Bell and Cornelius Johnson lead the way at receiver, the backups don’t have much of a chance to shine. So it might be fair to say that Clemons has been a forgotten man for the past year, but he was labeled a freak athlete coming out of high school and had a 40 time in the high 4.3s. His only catch last season came against overmatched UConn, a 7-yard reception.
Michigan returns Johnson and Roman Wilson on the outside, but Clemons could end up as the #3 most targeted receiver. He’s more of an outside guy than Tyler Morris (who’s just one spot lower in the countdown), but Wilson can be moved all around because of his versatility. Clemons should see plenty of snaps while rotating in, and he might even start a couple games if the coaching staff moves Wilson into the slot. Clemons has added seven pounds since last year and is up to a very respectable 212 lbs., which is four pounds heavier than Johnson and getting into the tantalizing size range of some of the outstanding Michigan receivers of yesteryear (Braylon Edwards, David Terrell, etc.). I don’t expect a true breakout season because of Wilson, Johnson, the tight ends, and the running backs standing in the way of the spotlight, but Clemons can stake a claim to be a major contributor in 2024.
Prediction: Part-time starting wide receiver; 22 catches, 280 yards, 2 touchdowns
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