Darboh shows again he’s Wolverines’ top pass target

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Michigan receiver Amara Darboh didn’t score against Michigan State on Saturday in the annual rivalry game, but his production was unparalleled among the receivers.

Darboh had 165 yards on eight receptions and was quarterback Wilton Speight’s go-to, although that should come as no surprise. Darboh entered the game leading Michigan’s receivers with 499 yards on 30 receptions.

Michigan defeated Michigan State, 32-23, on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

“Heck of a game, maybe one of his best,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Talk about guys making plays, Amara Darboh was really making plays today.

“His game is at a very high level. Some of the highest I’ve seen of a college receiver. He’s well established as a great playmaker. And also disciplined in every single route he runs. He blocks. Great teammate. He does it all. He does it the best he can possibly do. Premiere game for him today.”

Tight end Jake Butt was second in receiving for Michigan with 35 yards on three receptions.

“He played unbelievable today,” Butt said of Darboh. “Every time we needed a play to be made, and every time Amara’s number was called, he came through for us. I saw one-handed catches, huge catches when the play was broken down, drawing penalties.”

Darboh was quick to credit his supporting cast, especially Speight, who was 16-of-25 for 244 yards. He had an interception but no touchdowns.

“Wilton was putting the ball where I needed to be,” Darboh said. “The line was blocking and the running backs were picking up the blitz or whatever. It was on me to make plays.”

Speight said Darboh makes his life easy.

“There’s a couple times here and there they weren’t wide open, they were covered, but when you throw them to guys like Jake Butt or Amara Darboh, that’s not really considered covered in the quarterback’s eyes. I was able to throw a couple high balls because I knew he’d be able to go up and get them over top of the corner. It makes my job easier when I have a bigger target.”