2022 Season Countdown: #107 Jake Thaw

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22May 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #107 Jake Thaw

Jake Thaw

Name: Jake Thaw
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
190 lbs.
High school:
Westport (CT) Staples
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#26
Last year:
I ranked Thaw #118 and said he would be a backup wide receiver (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Thaw is yet another solidly talented walk-on wide receiver. Since he has yet to play a down at Michigan, I want to take this opportunity to test out a theory. Is there a chance that walk-ons could be phased out of playing time at big-time programs? For example, if NIL deals are now running the sport, a 4-star receiver is not going to want to lose out on playing time to a 0-star walk-on when that could be a chance to make a big play, score a touchdown, and increase his visibility. Late in a 40-point blowout, a freshman like Darrius Clemons might be able to establish himself for a future NIL deal by scoring a 70-yard touchdown, but if the coaches empty the bench to play someone like Thaw, that could affect Clemons’s bottom line.

This is not specific to Thaw and Clemons (they’re just examples), but I wonder if coaches might start making on-field and depth chart decisions based on NIL.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver

14May 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #118 Jake Thaw

Jake Thaw (image via Twitter)

Name: Jake Thaw
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
185 lbs.
High school:
Westport (CT) Staples
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#26
Last year:
I did not rank Thaw. He redshirted.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Michigan fans know that only elite players come from the state of Connecticut, and Jake Thaw is no exception. I avoided profiling him last year to help him fly under the radar, but the cat is out of the bag now that he’s been on the roster for a year. Jake Thaw might not be a household name today, but what Kwity Paye is to Rhode Island, Jake Thaw – a.k.a. the Winter Soldier – will be to Connecticut.

Will he play on special teams? Maybe.

Will he play at wide receiver? Possibly.

Will he be a first round draft pick in 2024? You never know.