Does Michigan Have a Surprise Up Its Sleeve With Gentry?

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Does Michigan Have a Surprise Up Its Sleeve With Gentry?

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Does Michigan Have a Surprise Up Its Sleeve With Gentry?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — On Tuesday, Zach Gentry says that he still likes to throw the ball around, but that his quarterback days are behind him. But are they really?

At 6-foot-8, 265-pounds, there’s a lot that the former four-star signal caller can do, and it’s clear that we haven’t even as of yet seen his potential at the tight end position. Gentry is continuing to get better at blocking, and has been a force in the receiving game through four weeks, reeling in 10 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. He’s a mismatch no matter who is on him defensively.

But, how much better can he get? And, how — or even where — could we see Gentry take advantage of his skills further as the season progresses?

His position coach, Sherrone Moore, says that mum is the word as far as all of that goes.

“Every day he gets better and better and better,” Moore said. “So we’re just excited to explore those new things we’re going to do with him throughout the year. Won’t let that out the bag yet!”

But seriously — what does Michigan have in store for Gentry?

“Just can’t let you know quite yet!” Moore said. “He’s just gonna continue to get better. There’s so many things you can do with a man that’s 6-8, 265-pounds and that can run like that. It’s gonna be fun to watch.”

Okay, we get it. There’s some tomfoolery afoot here.

Whether Moore’s words indicate that there’s a grand scheme at play or whether it’s just a ploy to get opposing teams thinking hard about what could be for a Michigan offense keen on throwing opponents off with various machinations, there’s one thing for certain: the multi-year tight ends coach with multiple career stops under his belt has never had a talent like Gentry in his arsenal.

Not at Louisville, nor at Central Michigan. And Moore is aware that he has something — someone — special to work with, and that includes off the field.

“No, I have not!” Moore said. “He’s unique because of his background and what he’s done and what he’s played. He’s definitely a different type of kid than you’ve ever been around. And he’s a joy to be around — every time you see him, he’s got a smile on his face. And it just makes you happy to be able to coach him.”

But, again — Gentry likes to throw, still. Could we, I don’t know, maybe see him throw not in warmups?

Moore has already learned the ways of Fort Schembechler. Well, kind of.

“Yeah, he throws in warmups, so we’ll see what happens!”

It’s not off the table.

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