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Poll: Who do you think ends up leading Michigan in receiving yards?

It’s a tight race, but the early front-runner is Grant Perry.

Michigan v Penn State Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images

Raise your hand if you thought, before the season started, that Grant Perry would end up leading Michigan in 2017 in receiving yards.

We’re still three months from January, so it’s a long way yet. But it’s looking more likely that Perry ends up getting that prize than it did back in summer. Tarik Black suffered a broken foot against Air Force after an encouraging first few games, while fellow freshman phenom Donovan Peoples-Jones has made most of his mark in the special teams department. And Kekoa Crawford has been more of an athlete than a polished wide receiver - as evidenced by his 41.2% catch rate, which is third-worst on the team.

Perry currently leads the team with 163 yards, 13 catches, 20 targets, and is tied for the lead in touchdown receptions - with one. That leaves him on track for 530 receiving yards over 13 games, and three touchdown catches on the year as well.

Alright, so that’s not exactly a sterling stat line for a Michigan receiving leader. In fact, 530 receiving yards would be the lowest for a leading Michigan receiver since 2009, when Roy Roundtree had 434. Hopefully we don’t end up comparing this group to the one from that 3-9 season too often - and presumably we won’t.

Still, that does mean there’s a lot of growth ahead of us for the entire passing game over the next few weeks. If John O’Korn settles successfully into the role, we may find some more games approaching 300 yards passing - and we may find some other preferred targets going forward, like the tight ends who were featured pretty heavily against Purdue.*

*To be fair, though, that Purdue box score was fairly wonky if you split up the pass-catchers by position. The two leading receivers were tight ends Sean McKeon and Zach Gentry, who combined for 8 catches for 130 yards. No other tight ends had a catch. The wideouts had 9 catches for 93 yards, the running backs had 3 catches for 50 yards, and Henry Poggi added 1 more catch for 11 yards.

Poll

Who leads Michigan in receiving yards this year?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Grant Perry (163)
    (120 votes)
  • 15%
    Sean McKeon (120)
    (57 votes)
  • 21%
    Zach Gentry (119)
    (81 votes)
  • 4%
    Kekoa Crawford (99)
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Nick Eubanks (61)
    (0 votes)
  • 25%
    Donovan Peoples-Jones (60)
    (96 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (Eddie McDoom, Nico Collins, etc.)
    (5 votes)
375 votes total Vote Now

That means that guys like Sean McKeon and Zach Gentry could follow up their great Purdue game with other high-profile performances, and there’s also a chance a young promising athlete like Donovan Peoples-Jones, Kekoa Crawford, or Nick Eubanks sees the light bulb go on - or at least sees enough deep passes they can convert for big scores. So it’s a pretty wide-open field right now for the Michigan passing attack.

Let us know who you think ends up standing tall at the end of the year.

Receiving Stats

* Ht, Wt catches targets yards catch rate
* Ht, Wt catches targets yards catch rate
Grant Perry 6'0", 191 13 20 163 65.0%
Sean McKeon 6'5", 248 10 12 120 83.3%
Zach Gentry 6'7", 248 6 8 119 75.0%
Kekoa Crawford 6'2", 187 7 17 99 41.2%
Nick Eubanks 6'5", 240 2 3 61 66.7%
Donovan Peoples-Jones 6'2", 199 3 7 60 42.9%
Eddie McDoom 6'0", 181 2 6 14 33.3%