Is Darrius Clemons Ready To Take The Next Step For Michigan?

Michigan's Darrius Clemons snags a catch in practice.

I recently included Darrius Clemons in my list of “5 Players to Watch in Michigan’s Spring Game” because he seems poised to take the next step in the wide receiver room.  With the departure of Ronnie Bell to the NFL, there’s space in the offense for at least one pass-catcher to step up. Tyler Morris and AJ Henning are other names that deserve consideration, but I believe Darrius Clemons will prove to be the guy that carries the load after Cornelius Johnson, Roman Wilson, and Colston Loveland. 

Coming out of high school, Darrius Clemons was rated as the number-one player in the state of Oregon. As a freshman at Michigan, he appeared in 11 games but only managed to catch 1 ball for 7 yards against UConn. Despite not reeling in a catch, he was named the offensive freshman of the game for his performance against Maryland. He also had flashes of positive impact on special teams as a freshman. 

With the Michigan football spring game less than a week away, one of the biggest questions remains who will step up at wide receiver? Darrius Clemons stands at 6’3″, and 214 pounds, making him bigger and taller than his sophomore counterpart Tyler Morris. He will look to rely on his large frame and athleticism to gain extra snaps this season. He will need to improve his footwork and route running from a season ago, but all signs indicate that he will be ready. 

Michigan has one of the most talented teams in recent memory returning for the 2023 season. But with Ohio State continuously fielding All-Americans at the wide receiver position, Michigan will be looking to make up some ground in the passing game. It’s starting to look like Darrius Clemons may be the one to step up and fill the void. 

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