Sherrone Moore Breaks Down Michigan's Tight Ends in Fall Camp

Sherrone Moore Breaks Down Michigan's Tight Ends in Fall Camp

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Sherrone Moore Breaks Down Michigan's Tight Ends in Fall Camp

ANN ARBOR, Mich — In his first fall camp coaching at Michigan, tight ends coach Sherrone Moore has an embarrassment of riches.

At 6-foot-8, 262-pounds, Zach Gentry is a mismatch anywhere on the field, and going into his fourth-year overall, and second year of playing time, he might be Michigan’s biggest weapon, overall.

Sean McKeon led the team in receptions in 2017, and, as his teammates said heading into last season, he might be the most complete tight end on the roster.

Nick Eubanks reminds of NFL players such as Jimmy Graham, as a tight end who is just a dominant athlete, and could be a breakout receiver type.

And that doesn’t even mention the two true freshmen — Mustapha Muhammad and Luke Schoonmaker — who reported just over a month ago.

Moore is happy with how his group is progressing through fall camp, but his view doesn’t start and end there. When it comes to evaluating his players, in order to be as holistic as possible, Moore has gone back through the seasons, even back to his players’ high school days, getting as good of an idea of what they can do and where they need to go from here.

“(I went back and watched Zach Gentry from when he) was in high school,” Moore said. “I went all the way back to him playing basketball in high school. I like to watch all of guys coming out of high school – watch their freshman year, watch and see how they’ve progressed.

“It’s funny, because they make fun of Sean, because they say he ran like a robot. And he might be one of the most fluid guys running routes and doing things now. He’s tough as nails.

“But watching those guys progress from even when they were in high school, it’s really cool to see their progression and where they’re at now.”

So where are they at now?

Continuing to get better every day — as you’d expect — Moore says. What he really likes is that the majority of his group already has invaluable in-game experience, which makes the acclimation that much better.

The players know what it takes in crucial moments, which means they take the preparation seriously.

With that in mind, Moore says his diverse group has the right mindset that it takes to continue progressing and make a big impact once the season starts.

“The enthusiasm, the size, the skill set – they all have something a little different that they bring to the table,” Moore said. “But they’re all learning, and they’re trying to get better every single day. There’s not really a day where I have to coach effort – which you shouldn’t have to do as a coach. But, with these guys, it’s easy to come to work every day. They’re great kids. Great students. And they practice as hard as they can every day, and give it everything they’ve got.”

From there, Moore broke down what he’s seen from each of his guys. Here’s what he had to say:

Zach Gentry and Sean McKeon

“They’ve been phenomenal,” Moore said. “Both those guys have gotten stronger. They’ve gotten bigger. Gotten faster, and from a fundamental standpoint, they continue to work and grind and get better every single day. Both of them in the run game have cranked up their game. And it helps when you have to block Rashan Gary every single day – and Khaleke Hudson…and Devin Bush. And Noah Furbush. All those guys! It’s been really good.

“It’s just been an all-around improvement of everything they do,” “Not just the run game. We’re such weapons in the pass game too, being able to get them out of their breaks quicker, getting off of press release, and do different things. It’s been an emphasis of everything, an all-around skill set, so – they’ve taken a lot of pride in the run game and blocking. Especially when you’ve got to block the animals we have on the front line too. It helps them to get better every single day.”

Nick Eubanks

“Nick’s been really, really good, and he’s taken a step forward – even for him, from the spring,” Moore said. “He’s just continued to indulge himself in the playbook. Be really good. He’s a special athlete, and he’s going to be able to do a lot of things, a lot of weapons that I think people are going to really enjoy to see.”

Mustapha Muhammad and Luke Schoonmaker

“(Muhammad’s) mindset as a freshman – it’s pretty uncanny,” Moore said. “It’s just natural for him. Everything’s natural for him. He runs routes very fluid. He’s very physical. And when you see him and you meet him, he’s the nicest kid in the world. And, on the football field, he turns a little bit of a different cheek, which you really, really like.

“He’s been awesome to work with. But he and Luke are going to be an exciting pairing in the future.

“Every day, they’re taking strides. They’re coming in learning. Trying to play fast – as fast as possible, and learn the playbook as fast as possible. But they’re doing really well. I’m happy with their progress right now.”

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