Goodbye, Nick Eubanks

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11Jan 2021
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Goodbye, Nick Eubanks

Nick Eubanks (image via Michigan Daily)

HIGH SCHOOL
Eubanks attended Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage, a program pretty well known for producing college prospect. He was a 3-star, the #15 tight end, and #344 overall in the class of 2016. Michigan secured his commitment late in the process, and he was one of three tight ends in that class, joining Sean McKeon and Devin Asiasi. I gave Eubanks a TTB Rating of 44 (LINK), largely because I thought Asiasi (a 92 rating) and McKeon (77) would push him out.

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22Nov 2020
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Michigan 48, Rutgers 42 (3 OT)

Cade McNamara gets harassed by former Michigan DT Michael Dwumfour (image via Michigan Daily)

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Winning feels good. I don’t really care that it was Rutgers. I don’t really care that it took three overtimes. I don’t really care that I had to stay up until midnight to watch the finish. I went to bed feeling . . . maybe not happy, but relieved.

Remember, remember, the 23rd of September . . . On September 23, 2017, quarterback Wilton Speight’s back got broken on a dirty hit by Purdue. In stepped backup John O’Korn, who completed 69.2% of his passes for 270 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception for an offense that had been disappointing up to that point. He was the savior! The following week he threw 3 interceptions against Michigan State and would finish with 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on the year. The Purdue game was Fool’s Gold. So I have that in the back of my mind going into the next section.

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2Oct 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #14 Nick Eubanks

Nick Eubanks (image via Michigan Daily)

Name: Nick Eubanks
Height: 
6’5″
Weight: 
256 lbs.
High school: 
Plantation (FL) American Heritage
Position: 
Tight end
Class: 
Redshirt junior
Jersey number: 
#82
Last year: 
I ranked Eubanks #31 and said he would be a backup tight end with 15 catches for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns (LINK). He started ten games and made 25 catches for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns.
TTB Rating:
 44

I suppose it’s about time I offer up my apology to Eubanks for that TTB Rating of 44 back in the day. It assumed that the third most ready tight end in the class – behind Devin Asiasi and Sean McKeon – would not stick around to develop and become a player. Michigan, however, managed to hit on all three tight end signees that year. Asiasi became a 3rd round pick (after transferring to UCLA), McKeon played a bunch and signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, and Eubanks is coming back for year five as a pretty well established starter.

Eubanks had a high of 43 receiving yards (vs. Rutgers) and 3 catches (3 separate times) in 2019, so he doesn’t appear to be in danger of winning the Mackey Award. But he’s a pretty consistent receiving threat, and he improved as a blocker last year after struggling in that area earlier in his career.

Michigan still has options at tight end, so Eubanks isn’t free and clear to be the one and only tight end in 2020. There’s a lot of buzz about Erick All and some growing enthusiasm about Luke Schoonmaker. But I do like Eubanks’s experience, size, and overall athleticism. He’s not going to outrun safeties on seam routes, but he should be a consistent short target for Joe Milton and a presence in the running game.

Prediction: Starting tight end

18Jul 2020
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Nightly Roundup: July 18, 2020

Nico Collins (image via SI)

Who’s more deserving of wearing the #1 jersey?

  • 48 catches, 759 yards, 1 touchdown
  • 37 catches, 729 yards, 7 touchdowns

As you might have guessed, the first guy is Ronnie Bell. The second is Nico Collins. I’m not sure it totally makes sense to give the #1 jersey to the guy with 11 fewer catches, but I don’t really care too deeply. I like them both.

Award watch list notes:

  • WR Nico Collins was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list for best WR
  • TE Nick Eubanks was named to the Mackey Award watch list for best TE
  • DE Kwity Paye was named to the Bednarik Award watch list for best defensive player

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