Even at Tight End, Zach Gentry Still Thinks He Has it at Quarterback

Even at Tight End, Zach Gentry Still Thinks He Has it at Quarterback

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Even at Tight End, Zach Gentry Still Thinks He Has it at Quarterback

Coming out of high school, Michigan Football tight end Zach Gentry was a four-star prospect who played quarterback. He also played basketball in high school too, but football was the sport he was better at and had a brighter future towards, so he stuck with it.

During his time in high school, Gentry threw for 3,734 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He could also use his legs well, rushing for 1,013 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Before coming to Michigan, Gentry was committed to the Texas Longhorns. Once word got out that then head coach Charlie Strong was heavily recruiting then five-star recruit, now starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, Kyler Murray, Gentry wasn’t happy about it.

Then Jim Harbaugh was hired by the University of Michigan and offered Gentry a scholarship and Gentry flipped from Texas to Michigan.

Then Gentry would never throw the football again as a quarterback.

Since coming to Michigan, Gentry hasn’t played the position he excelled at in high school because of all the other great competitors at the same position, but Harbaugh found a different role for him at the end of the 2015 season, tight end.

Gentry would practice at the position in their Citrus Bowl game against Florida, before officially changing positions in February of 2016. Gentry never saw the field due to the depth at the position and with Jake Butt as the starter, but 2017 was when he got his shot.

Last year Gentry played in nine games and caught 17 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns, and this year is off to a good start with 10 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Don’t think that just because he doesn’t play the quarterback position anymore that he still doesn’t throw the football around.

“A little bit. Maybe a little bit in warm-ups when we’re getting ready for practice,” Gentry said.

Does Gentry still have it at quarterback though?

“Oh yeah,” Gentry said as he was smiling and laughing. “I still enjoy throwing, you gotta mess around a little bit, but nothing too serious.”

Gentry still throwing the football isn’t much of a shocker, changing positions can be tough for anybody in any sport and he had a lot of success in high school playing the position, so him throwing a football around shouldn’t surprise anybody. That could help the Wolverines out though if they ever want to try a play out with Gentry at quarterback.

“I mean, I pitch them, but yeah, we will see,” Gentry said. “I’m in a whole ‘nother realm now, I’m a blocker and pass catcher.”

So it doesn’t seem that it is in the playbooks for Gentry to line up at quarterback for a trick play, but it still wouldn’t be a bad idea for Harbaugh to draw it up, just keep it on a short yardage situation.

“I’d probably tear my labrum if I try to throw it far right now. I couldn’t even tell you (how far he can throw it now). I knew I threw like 70 yards in high school.”

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