Devin Funchess was born on May 21, 1994. A tight end for the Michigan Wolverines, he was able to secure significant playing time as a true freshman in 2012 and was named as the Big Ten Conference's Tight End of the Year for the 2013 season.
Funchess began his football career at Harrison High School, in his hometown of Farmington Hills, Michigan. He established himself in the school's football team at tight end and was able to lead them to the 2010 Michigan Division II Title. By the time he graduated, Funchess was rated by analysts as one of Michigan's best football prospects and one of the most promising tight end recruits in the entire nation.
Having committed to attend the University of Michigan, Funchess featured regularly during his freshman year, in part due to an injury sustained by Brandon Moore. Altogether, he played in 13 games, starting five of them. In his first ever start for the team, against Air Force, he was able to score his first touchdown and recorded 106 yards receiving. In the process, he became the first tight end at Michigan to eclipse 100 yards in a single game since 1997, and was named as the Freshman of the Week for the Big Ten Conference.
By the end of the 2012 season, Funchess had been credited with 234 receiving yards and five touchdowns off 15 catches. The Football Writers Association of America named him as a Freshman All-American and he was also included as an honorable mention for the season's All-Big Ten team.
Following on from his successful freshman year, Funchess started brightly as a sophomore and by week six, he was averaging more than 21 yards per catch; the highest average in the conference. His performance in a 42-13 win against Minnesota was especially notable, as he was credited with a career-best 151 receiving yards from seven receptions. A week later, he exceeded 100 yards receiving once again and managed a 59 yard touchdown catch.
In total, Funchess managed 12 appearances, increasing his number of starts to nine. He finished the season with 748 receiving yards; a record high for a tight end at Michigan. His performances throughout 2013 were honored with the Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year Award.
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