This is hands down the group with the most questions. With that, they may be the most intriguing group of the offense. The biggest question seems to be whether or not Michigan will have that elite game-breaking receiver in 2023.
While the season hasn’t started, I think they could. And his name is Roman Wilson. The hype surrounding Wilson has been building all Summer, and his decision to switch to #1, a number worn by great Michigan receivers, has only added to it.
Wilson has game-changing potential, as we’ve seen in the past. With a full year of working with McCarthy, Wilson should have his best season yet. He’s gained some muscle while keeping his speed and looks to be elite in 2023.
Right across from Wilson is Cornelius Johnson. Johnson is someone who has flashed elite potential but has never been able to consistently play elite. After having 160 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State, Johnson had just 39 yards and three receptions over the final two games of the season. If Johnson can be more consistent, he can be elite.
The third receiver looks to be sophomore Tyler Morris. He’s drawn all sorts of comparisons to Ronnie Bell, and he already has chemistry with JJ McCarthy from their high school days. Morris was a highly-rated recruit and has elite potential. He could be McCarthy’s favorite target.
A name to look out for is Darrius Clemons. Clemons is another highly-rated sophomore, and at 6’3 212 lbs, he has the potential to add another dimension to the Michigan offense. He’s been working hard to improve, and the early games are going to be huge for Clemons. He’s going to have to earn playing time.
I still think that Clemons has the highest ceiling out of all the Michigan receivers, but that remains to be seen.
You probably noticed that the word “elite” is used a lot in this article. That’s because this should be one of the best offenses in the nation. The coaching staff has emphasized becoming more explosive and more of a 50-50 run-pass team, and that will only raise the ceiling of the offense.
The Wolverines bring back tons of experience and are in a prime position to dominate. This could be the best offense in the Big Ten.
I don’t expect Jim Harbaugh to run up the score too badly during the early games, so we may not see this offense fully unleashed until late in the season. There’s a lot to be excited about here, as this should be Michigan’s best offense under Jim Harbaugh. Go Blue!