Junior wide receiver Tarik Black seems to have a lot of confidence in the Josh Gattis offense. The 6-3, 215-pounder lit up when asked about the potential of the new system and seems to truly believe that it can reach great heights.
Through two games the wide receivers have caught 24 balls for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Black (7), along with junior Nico Collins (5), sophomore Ronnie Bell (9) and freshmen Cornelius Johnson (2), Giles Jackson (1) and Mike Sainristil (0) have all played. Sainristil hasn't made a catch and Jackson and Johnson only have three between them. Still, six receivers have seen the field in meaningful situations and haven't exactly blown up.
On average, receivers are making four receptions for 30.3 yards per game with just the two scores. That doesn't exactly feel like "Speed in Space" but the first two opponents do make it tough to get a true read.
Black seems excited about what's to come. Is that just "player speak" or is it genuine? Does he really feel like the receivers and weapons are being utilized or is he just putting on a smile for the cameras? We'll never know exactly what's going on inside of his head but I can't imagine any wide receiver being pumped about the eight-play and 12-play drives against Army that were all runs.
Wisconsin poses a different threat. The Badgers are obviously more talented than Middle Tennessee and Army, but play a more traditional style that Michigan is going to be more accustomed to. The efforts in week one and week two won't be enough to defeat Wisconsin in Madison, but perhaps a tougher opponent will pull a better performance out of the maize and blue.
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