Here’s why Michigan football’s Jim Harbaugh should win coach of the year, again
The Michigan Wolverines have advanced to their second consecutive Big Ten Championship after dismantling the Ohio State Buckeyes 45-23 in Columbus, finishing the regular season undefeated while also planting their flag for Jim Harbaugh to win the coach of the year award again.
Jim Harbaugh downplays Michigan flag plant: ‘Already plenty of fuel’ to rivalry
Jim Harbaugh did his best downplay Michigan’s postgame celebration Saturday in Columbus, where his players planted a maize and blue flag at midfield following their 45-23 victory. “I want to get that flag,” Jim Harbaugh said on a conference call with reporters ahead of Saturday’s Big Ten championship game. More: U-M football players plant flag on Ohio State field after rivalry win“There’s already plenty of fuel to the rivalry,” Harbaugh said. “They have songs, one about ‘don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan.’ I mean, it’s all good. It’s all good.”No known incidents came of it, and Ohio State players and coaches weren’t asked about the staked flag during the postgame news conference.mlive.com
Michigan’s defense continues second-half dominance vs. Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A questionable decision by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh to attempt a 57-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter Saturday left the door open for Ohio State to make a comeback. The Buckeyes, down 11, took over at their own 39-yard line after Jake Moody’s long try came up short. “Coach, right before we went out (for the third quarter), he said, ‘Lets go finish his game,’” Sainristil said. 2 nationally in scoring defense entering Saturday and had allowed more than seven points in the second half just four times all season. Stroud and a glut of dynamic pass-catchers, Michigan’s defense found a way to clamp down in pivotal moments.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan on ‘happy ride’ amid another double-digit win season
In fact, it is the first time a Michigan team has started 10-0 since 2006, under Lloyd Carr. “Just going 1-0, that’s what we’re trying to do each week,” Harbaugh told reporters after the victory. The offense is a top-five nationally in points scored (41.4) and rushing (251.4 yards per game), while the defense is No. If this was a Michigan team of a few years ago, a mistake like that may have cost it the game. Harbaugh went on to praise the defense during his opening remarks postgame on Saturday, listing some of the influential starters by name and the coaches that have helped build it.mlive.com
Overheard outside Michigan’s locker room: Still undefeated and a hurdle gone wrong
I was just hoping that he ended up in a safe position.”- Michigan defensive back Mike Sainristil on his hit on Nebraska receiver Alante Brown, who tried to hurdle Sainristil. We pride ourselves during the week of -- we don’t give anybody anything in the second half. We just want to continue having second half shutouts. We know that going into second half is a 0-0 score. We want to win every half.”- Sainristil on Michigan’s second-half defense.mlive.com
Michigan players regroup, shift focus to Rutgers following MSU incident
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The fallout from the incident between Michigan-Michigan State football players in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after Saturday’s game isn’t over yet. On Monday, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh described the event as a “traumatic” experience -- a sentiment that his players have echoed this week. Following a 29-7 victory, two Michigan players -- Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green-- were attacked by Michigan State players, with both Wolverines suffering injuries from the incidents. After all, they have a game Saturday at Rutgers -- an opponent the Wolverines have beaten seven straight times. “Basically going into this next week we’re going to play disciplined, and not let the anger or whatever we may be feeling transition into this week,” Michigan tight end Luke Schoonmaker said.mlive.com
Michigan’s ‘D’ passed the first test, but not without issues
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Many of the statistical anomalies that helped rank Michigan’s defense among the best in the country through three games were broken on Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)APTo the credit of Michigan and its coaching staff, led by first-year coordinator Jesse Minter, adjustments came quick. Michigan was able to step up the pressure in the second half, getting home on some sacks and key tackles that it missed in the first. Tagovailoa and Maryland’s balanced offense carved up the slow-to-react Michigan defense in the first half. Saturday was a different beast, and while Michigan passed — it wasn’t without some misfires along the way.mlive.com
Michigan’s Mike Sainristil finds his groove at new position
The Wolverines did not record a sack in the 59-0 victory, but Sainristil delivered the biggest hit on Turner all game. Immediately as Turner turned his head around, Sainristil was converging on him at full speed from his nickel position. Whether it’s blitzing, covering opponents’ slot receiver or moving laterally to stop the run, Sainristil’s versatility has impressed coaches and teammates. Sainristil likely will see a lot of snaps lining up across Maryland slot receiver Rakim Jarrett, a former five-star recruit. “Just finding out tendencies and looking at what guys like to do: certain releases, run game or pass game indicators,” Sainristil said of studying opposing receivers.mlive.com
Michigan football names 5 captains, including 4 first-timers, for 2022
Once all 140 players on the Michigan football submitted their votes for team captains, the coaches retreated to a different room inside Schembechler Hall to tally the votes. At that point, Harbaugh announced the captains for the 2022 season: Erick All, Ronnie Bell, Cade McNamara, Mike Sainristil, and Mazi Smith. They are the group that will try to lead Michigan to a second straight Big Ten title -- and perhaps more. Bell came to Michigan in 2018; the other four captains were part of the 2019 class. Michigan had just one captain each year from 1879 to 1969 before multiple captains became the norm.mlive.com
Mike Sainristil’s reps on defense ramping up as Michigan’s season approaches
ANN ARBOR – It took three years, but Mike Sainristil’s frequent ribbing of Michigan coaches to play defense finally paid off. I’ll come and play,’” Sainristil said Tuesday. “When Coach (Mike) Zordich was here, he had me learning some defense late in the 2020 season. “I understand the defense,” Sainristil said. If the corners can play nickel, that gives us more out there that can be versatile.mlive.com
Michigan QB battle rages on: ‘You probably won’t see a starter for Week 1′
Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy continue to duke it out for the starting role, and Jim Harbaugh’s suggestion that a defined No. “You probably won’t see a starter for the first game. You probably won’t see it second game, (either). More: Harbaugh: QB battle between McNamara, McCarthy ‘could play into season’“They’re both doing really well,” receiver Roman Wilson chimed in. You never know.”Maybe Michigan won’t.mlive.com
Mike Sainristil’s lasting influence on the Michigan receivers
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Mike Sainristil may not be spending much of his time on the offensive side of the ball these days, but the wide receiver-turned-defensive back is still having a lasting effect on his position group. Sainristil, at 5-foot-18 and 180 pounds, earned his playing time through alternative means — not necessarily through speed or his ability to catch the ball.mlive.com
Michigan’s Mike Sainristil experiment: Smashing success, but competition awaits
Jim Harbaugh offered a prediction recently as it pertains to his biggest experiment of spring: Mike Sainristil is going to play on defense this fall. Safety Rod Moore is expected back after missing all of spring recovering from offseason surgery, and he should push Sainristil for the spot. “But yeah, (Sainristil) is going to play nickel,” Harbaugh said. Michigan plans to deploy Sainristil in many different ways this fall, with Harbaugh projecting him as a two or three-way player. “He’s going to play special teams as well,” Harbaugh.mlive.com
Michigan has young talent to replenish its secondary. Will it be enough?
Note: This is the second story in an ongoing offseason series examining Michigan football’s position groups. They have the young talent to do it, with some more ready than others, and the scheme to make it happen. ■ Safety appears a bit more fluid, and deep, suggesting another five-man backfield could be in the cards for Michigan this fall. It’s certainly possible, and could give Michigan another option in its ongoing effort to improve forcing turnovers. Read more on Michigan football:Kickoff time unveiled for Michigan season opener; first night game setQB Shea Patterson, No.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh’s secret got out: Michigan LB Kalel Mullings set for two-way role this fall
Sainristil impressed folks on defense during Michigan’s spring game earlier this month, suggesting that he could be in the mix for snaps both ways this fall. “I let the cat out of the bag — I moved Kalel Mullings to running back and linebacker,” Harbaugh said this week on the “In the Trenches” podcast. More: Michigan’s Mike Sainristil turns heads early after position swap“He looked real good,” Harbaugh said. Mullings, a Massachusetts native who was recruited to Michigan as an outside linebacker, is apparently in the mix for those. He had a really, really good spring at linebacker as well.mlive.com
Michigan football’s unofficial post-spring depth chart
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan football’s spring practice schedule has came and went, highlighted by the open-to-the-public scrimmage last Saturday in Ann Arbor. But Davis Warren was the talk of spring, and the standout player at the position during the spring game. Tavierre DunlapMore: No real mystery here, although it was a bit odd to see Donovan Edwards get just one carry during the spring game. Joel HonigfordMore: The depth chart here is always tough to juggle because Michigan has different roles for each of its tight ends. Related — New Michigan O-lineman has grip a LB ‘couldn’t get out of’DefenseMichigan defensive Lineman Kris Jenkins (94) celebrates a sack during Michigan football’s Spring Game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 2, 2022.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor NewsDefensive lineEnd: 1.mlive.com
Michigan spring game: Position switches, trick plays, and a (surprise) QB shines
Position changes, trick plays and lots of shuffling highlighted the Wolverines’ spring game at Michigan, the first glimpse of Jim Harbaugh’s team in 2022. The Blue team won the game, 20-12, but the result on a day like this is rather inconsequential. We’ve heard good things about him in spring, and he showed up for the spring game. Tight end to tight end. • Of course, it wouldn’t be a spring game without a bit of comedy.mlive.com
Michigan’s Mike Sainristil turns heads early after position swap
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Mike Sainristil is still listed on the Michigan football team roster as a wide receiver, the offensive position he’s played the last three years of college. But the speedy, 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete is trying his hand at a new, yet familiar, position this offseason. But when Sainristil got to Michigan, he was asked which side of the ball he preferred playing. That leaves plenty of spots open in the secondary, prompting the position change for Sainristil. And yes, Sainristil continues to participate on offense — he said Thursday that he took some reps at receiver, too.mlive.com
Michigan freshman WRs turning heads; Ronnie Bell’s recovery ‘on track’
Portland (Ore.) Westview four-star Darrius Clemons chose the Wolverines over Auburn, Penn State, Oregon and Miami, while Ponchatoula (La.) Suddenly, receiver became a strength of the class as the duo joined previously-committed La Grange Park (Illinois) Nazareth Academy four-star Tyler Morris. Senior Ronnie Bell also is back for a fifth-season and is “on track” in his recovery from a torn ACL suffered last year’s opener against Western Michigan, according to Harbaugh. “Great group of receivers,” Harbaugh said last month on “In The Trenches” podcast. I was gonna say three freak shows that are incoming -- Darrius Clemons and Tyler Morris — and Amorion Walker is really doing some incredible things.mlive.com
Michigan football: A position change, injury notes, analyst hire
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A familiar name on offense for Michigan football has spent his early days of spring practice on the other side of the ball. Senior receiver Mike Sainristil has moved to the defensive back room, working primarily with the cornerbacks in a “nickel” role, head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Tuesday. “(We) project him as a two-way player, or maybe even a three-way player,” Harbaugh told reporters. INJURY NOTES: Speaking of injures, safety Rod Moore is expected to miss the remainder of spring ball after having post-season surgery, Harbaugh confirmed. ANALYST HIRE: Veteran coach Rick Minter, who was head coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1994 to 2003, has been hired by Michigan as a defensive analyst.mlive.com
Live updates: Michigan vs. Iowa in Big Ten championship
It has been 17 years since Michigan’s football program last won a Big Ten title. 15 Iowa (10-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.Continue to refresh this page for live updates for Saturday’s game. Led by a dominant run game, they rank second in the Big Ten in scoring and yards per game. Like Michigan with Hassan Haskins, Iowa leans heavily on running back Tyler Goodson, who has 238 carries.mlive.com
Why WR Mike Sainristil is an underrated piece of Michigan’s offense
There’s a reason why junior Mike Sainristil has played more than all but one receiver this season. Henning was able to turn the corner and pick up 9 yards thanks to a block from Sainristil. Other than just being just an awesome football player, he’s a really positive energy in the locker room. What he brings to us as an offense is, he’s a receiver who’s playing to block. He’s a great player and as his role continues to grow.mlive.com
Michigan players put recent struggles vs. Ohio State behind them: ‘None of the past matters’
ANN ARBOR – Michigan football players aren’t interested in dwelling on the past. Another chapter of the Michigan-Ohio State series will be written Saturday, and the Wolverines are hoping to change the recent narrative of the rivalry. The second-ranked Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) are riding an eight-game win streak against the Wolverines (10-1, 7-1) heading into Saturday’s game in Ann Arbor – a streak that isn’t lost on Michigan players. But that’s the past, and none of that matters. “That’s the game we always have circled on our calendar and always want to play, and as a Michigan Wolverine, that’s a game you’d die for.mlive.com
Michigan calls player-led meeting to address MSU loss, narrow path ahead
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Even after a loss, the goals for Michigan football have not changed. Winning comes first, and the hope remains that enough of them will eventually propel the Wolverines into the Big Ten title game. But that road — a winding, open one — just got a lot harder after a 37-33 loss to Michigan State on Saturday, a game that dropped Michigan to 7-1 on the season and No. The meeting will be just the third of its kind since the start of the season, receiver Mike Sainristil told reporters Monday. There’s big things still to come.”mlive.com
Michigan stock report: Big game for Wolverines’ running backs
ANN ARBOR – Michigan’s football team overcame a shaky start Saturday and outscored Northwestern 23-0 in the second half of a 33-7 victory at Michigan Stadium. Michigan’s defense held Northwestern to 233 yards, with 75 coming on an Evan Hull touchdown run in the second quarter. Here is our stock report from Saturday’s game as the Wolverines improve to 7-0. STOCK DOWNRed zone offenseThe Wolverines settled for two field goals inside the red zone against Nebraska, and their red zone offense struggled in the first half against the Wildcats. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan WR Roman Wilson injured, will not play vs. Nebraska
— Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara will be without one of his top receiving targets for tonight’s game against Nebraska. Sophomore wideout Roman Wilson is injured and did not make the trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the prime-time tilt (7:30 p.m. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native posted career highs in both catches (6) and receiving yards (81) in a 38-17 win over the Badgers. He was tied for second on the team in catches (9) and third in receiving yards (145). ... Michigan is wearing its all-white uniforms for tonight’s game, just the third time ever the program has played a football game in Lincoln, Nebraska.mlive.com
Michigan football depth chart: Help needed at receiver, punt return
(Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comRunning back —1. Michigan linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green (41) tries to tackle Western Michigan running back La'Darius Jefferson (3) in the first quarter of their college football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, September 4, 2021. TurnerBreakdown: Like defensive tackle, Michigan appears to be rolling with a three-man rotation at corner (Gemon Green, Vincent Gray and D.J. Michigan kicker Jake Moody (13) kicks a field goal in the second quarter of their college football game against Western Michigan at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, September 4, 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comSpecial teams —Placekicker: Jake MoodyPunter: Brad RobbinsLongsnapper: William WagnerPunt return: Mike Sainristil OR A.J.mlive.com
Projected post-camp depth chart for Michigan football: Changes coming at TE, LB?
The Wolverines will begin prepping for their Sept. 4 season opener against Western Michigan (noon, ESPN) in full on Sunday, signaling the real beginning of the 2021 football season. Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara throws during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Middle Tennessee in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comWide receiver —Starters: Ronnie Bell, Cornelius Johnson, Mike SainristilBackups: Roman Wilson, Daylen Baldwin, A.J. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comLinebacker —Middle: 1. _________________________Michigan College Football Season Kickoff Event: Kickoff the Michigan Football season with MLive’s football insiders Ryan Zuke, Aaron McMann, and Andrew Kahn.mlive.com
Giles Jackson’s pending transfer ‘a shocker,’ but opens opportunities for Michigan’s receivers
Giles Jackson played in integral role for Michigan’s football team in 2020, especially on special teams as the No. “When we found out that Giles was leaving, it was a little bit of a shocker,” Sainristil told media Monday. There’s definitely opportunities everywhere in the room for guys to play. I could also be a leader in the wide receiver room. “We’ve got a very fast room,” Gattis said.mlive.com
Why Michigan football’s spring practices have ‘more juice’ this year
One month ago after Michigan football’s first week of spring practices, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson raved about the team’s energy on the field. As the team wraps up its allotted 15 spring practices this week, the team appears to be practicing with the same vigor. Our coaches have done a great job of making practice fun. While last year’s spring practices were wiped out because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many players on the roster, including Taylor Upshaw, experienced spring under the old coaching regime. It’s all for oneness.”Whether the structure of this year’s spring practices will have an impact on the field this fall remains to be seen.mlive.com
Examining Michigan’s receiver recruiting under Jim Harbaugh
Michigan’s football program made another splash on the recruiting trail Wednesday, receiving a commitment from Eastpointe four-star receiver Tay’shawn Trent. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder becomes the Wolverines’ first receiver in the 2022 class but joins a long list of four-star prospects Michigan has landed at the position under Jim Harbaugh. Since his first full recruiting class in 2016, 12 of the 17 receiver prospects (70.5%) the Wolverines have netted were rated as four-star prospects or better, including Trent, the No. Johnson is currently Michigan’s tallest receiver on the roster at 6-foot-3, so Trent will give the team some needed size on the outside. A breakout season from Michigan’s offense would only help in the program’s recruiting efforts.mlive.com
Michigan’s young receivers made progress (and got their feet wet) in 2020
As struggles mounted at quarterback, the Wolverines had trouble distributing the football as often as they would like. In-game experience and player development are crucial at the position, and the receivers got plenty of the former last fall. Games like those are where young players get their confidence; it’s just unfortunate the Wolverines only played one more game after that. Giles Jackson followed up an active freshman season with more contributions, catching 15 passes for 167 yards in five games in 2020. Henning, the first two receivers recruited by Gattis at Michigan, both saw extended playing time during the abbreviated season: Wilson (9 catches, 122 yards, TD) finished fourth in receiving yards, while Henning (6 catches, 59 yards) got his feet wet.mlive.com
Michigan football avoids total disaster, escapes Rutgers with OT win
Cade McNamara helped spark the Michigan offense, lifeless, sputtering and without points into the second quarter once again, and lead it to a 48-42 triple overtime win over Rutgers on Saturday at SHI Stadium. Rutgers later tied the game, marching 75 yards to score a touchdown with 27 seconds left, while adding a two-point conversion. Starter Joe Milton was pulled with 4:18 to play in the second quarter, after Michigan fell behind 17-0 and struggled to find a rhythm offensively. Johnson (5 catches, 105 yards) also caught the fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave Michigan an 8-point lead. Linebacker Cam McGrone was carted off the field in the second quarter and never returned, while safety Brad Hawkins had to leave the game in the third quarter.mlive.com
Cade McNamara replaces Joe Milton at QB as early interceptions derail Michigan’s offense
The 13th-ranked Badgers (2-0) outgained the Wolverines (1-3) 468 yards to 219 in their 49-11 victory at Michigan Stadium. “It takes away the opportunity of being able to play fast,” sophomore receiver Mike Sainristil said of the interceptions. While the first-year starter flashed glimpses of his potential in the first three games, Milton never found a rhythm against the Badgers. The Badgers scored on their next possession for a 42-11 lead, while Michigan managed zero yards on its final two drives. MORE: After hot start, Wisconsin wanted to ‘kill the will’ of Michigan footballJim Harbaugh: Michigan ‘not in a good place’ after third straight lossMichigan football hits new low in blowout loss to Wisconsinmlive.com
MVJ award: Which Michigan football jersey number duo will be most valuable this season?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Which pair of Michigan football players who share a jersey number will unite to be the most valuable this season? This year’s roster, with the new rule in place, has 45 duos who will wear the same jersey number. Some of the Michigan jersey number duos contain players who will contribute on different sides of the ball. 1: Both players must wear a jersey number for the entire season for their stats to qualify in favor of said jersey number. Other eligible duosHere are all the other jersey number duos listed on the 2020 Michigan football roster, as of Oct. 16.
Mike Sainristil and the Year 2 leap at Michigan
Coaches often refer to the Year 2 leap in college, going from wide-eyed freshman to someone who’s done it before. Michigan will have several of those players on the roster this year, but perhaps nowhere will it be more crucial than at the receiver position. Mike Sainristil is one of them, a three-star prospect from Everett, Mass., who played in all 13 games last season. “The first year, coming in as a freshman, you start off the same way you went into high school,” Sainristil told reporters Thursday over video conference. As for him, Sainristil says he continues to improve the most basic aspect of his game.mlive.com
What would Michigan’s receiving corps look like this season without Nico Collins?
Wide receiver attritionIt looks like the Wolverines will be without three of their top four wide receivers from a year ago. That trio, which highlighted the team’s top-five 2017 recruiting class, combined for 96 catches, 1,490 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns last season. So what would the receiving corps look like if Collins isn’t in the picture? NewcomersNo matter who comes and goes, Michigan is always going to bring in new playmakers at the wide receiver position. They don’t all need to be better than Collins, Peoples-Jones and Black.
Should Michigan college athletes be paid?
Nico Collins #4 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates his first quarter touchdown with Mike Sainristil #19 while playing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But under the law, they can't be stripped of their scholarships or kicked off the team if they sign endorsement deals. There are some limitations: Athletes can't enter into deals that conflict with their schools' existing contracts. For example, if your university has a contract with Nike, you can't sign with Under Armour. Here in Michigan, would you support this kind of law that would allow college athletes to receive such endorsements?
Predicting all 26 starters for Michigan football vs. Middle Tennessee State
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan football team is set to kick off the season Saturday at home against Middle Tennessee State. TE: Sean McKeonMichigan has a handful of young, exciting options at tight end, such as redshirt freshman Mustapha Muhammad and true freshman Erick All. LG: Ben BredesonA team captain for the second year in a row and a fourth-year starter, Michigan couldn't ask for a more reliable left guard than Ben Bredeson. DE: Kwity PayeKwity Paye forced his way onto the field as a true freshman and emerged as one of the team's best playmakers in the backfield last year. DT: Carlo KempThe interior defensive line is considered a potential weakness for Michigan, but Carlo Kemp is a safe, reliable veteran to lead the group.
Michigan football roster: Jersey numbers revealed for 25 scholarship freshmen
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan updated its online football roster Monday, revealing numbers for 25 true freshmen who were members of the 2019 recruiting class that ranked No. Here are the jersey numbers for the 25 scholarship players, according to the team's official website:3. RB Zach Charbonnet30. OL Zach Carpenter58.
Predicting the stats for Michigan football's top 5 wide receivers this season
Here's a prediction of what the stats could look like for Michigan's top five wide receivers this season. 1 wide receiver in the 2017 recruiting class, and while he's been a good weapon for the Wolverines, he hasn't been a superstar. Tarik Black2019 stats: Four catches for 35 yardsMichigan football wide receiver Tarik Black makes a catch against Cincinnati (Joe Robbins/Getty Images). 595 player overallMichigan wide receiver Mike Sainristil during his recruiting process (Photo: Mike Sainristil/@MikeSainristil)It feels risky predicting a true freshman to be the No. As an early enrollee, Sainristil has an advantage over a pair of four-star wide receiver commits, Giles Jackson and Cornelius Johnson.