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Michigan TE Jake Butt on Ian Bunting: “He’s going to be a star”

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Ian Bunting is the No. 2 tight end behind Jake Butt.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan tight end Jake Butt is entering his final season as a member of the Wolverines, but he has made it clear that 6-foot-7, 252-pound tight end Ian Bunting will not disappoint. As a matter of fact, Butt claims he will be a star.

“He’s going to be a star,” Butt said of Bunting to Maize n Brew at Michigan football’s media day. “He’s going to be a very great player. He’s going to help our team a lot cause he is a tight end that can do both jobs. He can run, catch, block and he has the size... Maybe 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-7, 250 or 250-plus, and he works hard and he’s a smart football player. He has everything you need to do to be successful.”

Bunting caught five passes for 72 yards with a long of 21 yards in the 2015 season for the Wolverines. His best game came against Oregon State, which he received two passes for 33 yards.

While Butt speaks highly of Bunting, he has also helped the younger players ease into the season ahead.

“Don’t take any day for granted,” Butt tells younger players. “I remember I would sit back there as a young tight end and a lot of the seniors would say it flies by and take it all in. The truth is, it really does fly by. Here I am starting my final camp tomorrow and going into my final season. It flies by so I want to make sure they understand they only get one shot at that next meeting, at that next practice, or that next film session, so make the most of it.”

Tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh mentioned earlier that Bunting is the No. 2 tight end, but others will get time at that position behind Butt.