Michigan expecting good things out of wide receiver Junior Hemingway
When Michigan offensive tackle Mark Ortmann was asked to name some off-the-radar players who shined this offseason, the first name off his lips was wide receiver Junior Hemingway.
"I would say Junior Hemingway has definitely started to come into his own," Ortmann said last month at Big Ten media days. "He showed that deep threat in the Utah game and then unfortunately he ran into a few injuries. But definitely say he’d be a guy to look out for."
A week into fall camp, Hemingway appears to be building on his impressive spring. The sophomore receiver caught just two passes for 42 yards last year, both in a season-opening loss to Utah, and was granted a medical redshirt after missing the final eight games with mononucleosis.
He slimmed down to 220 pounds this offseason, and at 6-foot-1 has the size and speed to spearhead a rejuvenated passing game.
“Junior’s in probably the best shape he’s been in, but he’s still not ready where I think he’s going to be," Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said. "We need him to be - he and Greg Mathews in particular got to be two guys that we can count on as far as making plays and being able to do all the things we ask our wideouts to do. Those are kind of two of the upperclassmen that their time is kind of now."