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Amara Darboh drafted 106th overall by Seattle Seahawks

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Michigan closed out the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft with a flurry of picks, capped off by receiver Amara Darboh being selected 106th overall by the Seattle Seahawks. He will join teammate Delano Hill, who was picked by Seattle just 11 picks prior.

Darboh was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection by both the coaches and media in 2016 and a Biletnikoff Award candidate. He lead the team with 57 receptions for 862 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished his career with 151 catches for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns while making 28 starts. He turned in the fourth-longest reception streak in Michigan history, catching at least one pass in 33 straight games.

In the second game of the season, Darboh caught five passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns against UCF, the first multi-touchdowns game of his career. A few weeks later, he scored the game-winning touchdown against Wisconsin, and he also caught the game-tying touchdown in overtime against Ohio State. Against Michigan State, Darboh caught eight passes for 165 yards. The highlight of his career was a turning, fully stretched out, one-handed snag against BYU in 2015.

Darboh is a feel-good American success story. He was born in war-torn Sierra Leone during the country’s civil war that saw both of his parents killed. He was taken in by relatives and adopted by an American family at the age of seven. In 2015, he finally became a United States citizen, and on Friday night he became an NFL player.

The Seahawks had a top 10 passing offense last season, lead by Doug Baldwin’s 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns. But Jermaine Kearse saw a dip in production as the No. 2 receiver despite more targets. Tyler Lockett finished the season as the second-best receiver, despite breaking his leg in Week 16, but he’s a slot guy that fills a different role than Darboh. Still, Darboh will have to compete for playing time given that Seattle has now drafted a receiver in five straight drafts. Paul Richardson came on late last season with 15 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the final four games, while Tanner McEvoy, the former Wisconsin quarterback, is also in the mix.

The NFL Draft will continue on Saturday with rounds four through seven beginning at 12pm Eastern. Jake Butt, Ben Gedeon, Jehu Chesson, Ryan Glasgow, Kyle Kalis, De’Veon Smith, Ben Braden, Channing Stribling, Dymonte Thomas, and Erik Magnuson will all hope to hear their names called.

Delano Hill drafted 95th overall by Seattle Seahawks

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Michigan didn’t have to wait long between its fourth and fifth NFL Draft picks on Friday evening as safety Delano Hill was selected 95th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, just three picks after Jourdan Lewis.

Hill was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and honorable mention selection by the media in 2016. He made 26 career starts at safety, recording 119 career tackles, seven tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions, and eight pass breakups.

In the 2016 season opener against Hawaii, Hill returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown, and he turned in perhaps his best game of the season with a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) against Michigan State. One of the highlights of his career was a game-clinching pass breakup in overtime at Indiana in 2015.

The Detroit native joins former teammate Frank Clark in Seattle. Clark was drafted 63rd overall by the Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Draft and put together a solid season in 2016, recording 47 tackles, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles while starting five games. Seattle’s vaunted secondary is on the verge of an overhaul with Kam Chancelor entering the final year of his contract extension and Richard Sherman among trade talks. The team also drafted Colorado cornerback Shaquill Griffin five picks prior to Hill.

Funchess, Clark drafted in second round

Friday, May 1st, 2015


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Michigan may have struggled on the field last fall, but they had a good night in Chicago on Friday as two former Wolverines found their way into the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Devin Funchess heard his name called first when the Carolina Panthers selected him 41st overall. A short time later, defensive end Frank Clark surprised everybody by getting selected by the Seattle Seahawks 63rd overall. It marks the first time since 2008 that Michigan has had two players drafted in the first two rounds of the same draft.

Funchess was projected to be a second or third round pick, so his position as the ninth pick of the second round was surprising, but not to the Panthers who traded up 16 spots to get him. The St. Louis Rams held the 41st pick, but Carolina traded their third-round (No. 89) and sixth-round (No. 201) picks in addition to pick No. 57.

The 6’5″, 232-pound Farmington Hills, Mich. native joins last year’s first-round pick, Kelvin Benjamin, in the Panthers’ receiving corps. Benjamin, who stands 6’5″, 240, was a matchup nightmare for opposing secondaries last season, catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera liked the possibilities despite Funchess’ less than stellar showing at the NFL Combine, per the Charlotte Observer.

“He plays fast. He’s a smooth, fluid big man,” Gettleman said. “We really like that about him…he’s a matchup issue.”

“You see a couple things that tell you this kid is a little bit different. He makes catches in traffic. He presents a big target in traffic and takes a lot of big shots, similar to what Kelvin does,” Rivera said. “And then you watch him go vertical, which was surprising. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I thought people talked about he was not a vertical threat.’ He was a vertical threat.”

In three seasons at Michigan Funchess caught 126 passes for 1,715 yards and 15 touchdowns. He struggled with consistency last season while battling injuries, but caught a career-high 62 passes for 733 yards and four scores while wearing the famous No. 1 jersey. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.

While Funchess going 41st was surprising, Clark being selected at all on Friday was a shock given the way his career at Michigan ended. Clark was kicked off the team with two games remaining last season after a domestic violence incident at a hotel in Sandusky, Ohio. But the Seahawks did their homework on Clark and decided the upside he brings was worth the risk he could pose off the field.

Clark, certainly thankful for the opportunity presented, released a statement to Seahawks fans.

“I’m honored to be a part of the Seattle Seahawks organization, and I want to thank coach Carroll and Mr. Schneider for believing in me enough to make me the team’s first pick. I loved Coach Carroll as a kid growing up in L.A., and I look forward to giving the 12th man more reasons to raise ruckus in the near future. I’m a West Coast kid at heart and I’m eager to make Seattle, and the great Northwest my home.”

Clark joins a Seahawks defense that led the league in total defense and pass defense, and ranked third in rush defense, a year ago. But the Seahawks ranked just 20th in the league with 37 sacks, and that’s something they hope Clark can improve.

Clark tallied 42 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for loss in 10 games last season. As a junior in 2013, he recorded 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, earning All-Big Ten second team honors.

Michigan still has a couple more players who hope to be drafted in rounds four through seven on Saturday. Linebacker Jake Ryan is projected as a mid-round pick and quarterback Devin Gardner — who will play receiver in the NFL — just hopes to hear his name called. Coverage begins at noon EST on ESPN.

Tailgate Tuesday (Super Bowl edition): Pull apart cheesy bread

Friday, January 30th, 2015


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Tailgate Tuesday is our collaboration with Joe from MmmGoBluBBQ. These were be posted each Tuesday throughout the football season and each recipe was themed around that week’s opponent. 

Previously: Hot-’n-Fast pulled pork with Carolina mustard slawIrish stout pepper beefSpatchcock RedHawkGrilled RavioliSmoked “Land of 10,000 Lakes” Catfishpork loin with mustard glazeBrady Back Ribs,Moink Balls (a.k.a. Moinks)Caveman style Tri-TipCrockpot reuben dip, Caveman cowboy ribeye, Smoked Gobbler Legs.

This is one of my favorites and your SUPER BOWL guests will love you for it. What is better than cheesy garlic bread topped with bacon? I can’t think of anything, can you? Feel free to add some leftover BBQ that you have collecting frost in the freezer like a pulled pork or brisket. Both work well. Shrimp would be phenomenal here. Go crazy with your toppings and let me know how it turns out.

Ingredients:

• Loaf of crusty bread (French or Sourdough)
• 1 Stick unsalted Butter – melted
• 1 clove garlic – finely chopped
• 1 Tbsp dry Ranch seasoning
• 8 slices of crispy bacon – chopped into bacon bits
• 8-oz sharp cheddar cheese
• 8-oz mozzarella cheese
• 4-oz cream cheese, softened

Directions:

Preheat Grill or Oven to 350 Degrees.

While the grill is preheating, mix all three cheeses and half of your bacon in mixing bowl. Set aside. Lay your bread loaf on a flat surface. Using a bread knife, slice diagonally into the bread loaf, repeating every inch or so. Make sure you do not cut all the way down. Stop about three-fourths of the way down. Leave the bottom crust intact. Turn your loaf 90 degrees and repeat. This should leave a cross hatched look with one-inch cubes.

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With your hands, spread the cheese and bacon mixture into the cuts of the bread loaf. Be careful not to tear apart the bread.

Mix garlic and dry ranch seasoning into melted butter. Pour the melted butter mixture over the bread and make sure it gets down into the deep cracks in the bread loaf. Add remaining bacon to the top of your bread loaf.

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Wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil and place on your grill or in the oven. Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and cook uncovered for another 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat source, sprinkle on green onions, and serve immediately.

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This is a tasty appetizer that travels well. It can be assembled early and cooked once you arrive at your SUPER BOWL PARTY. Feel free to use leftover BBQ Pork, brisket or shrimp along with crispy bacon for the perfect BBQ Cheesy Bread. GO BLUE!!!

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