Embed from Getty Images Freshmen wide receiver Mike Sainristil was poised to play a big role in the Wolverines offense after spring practice ended for the Michigan football team. Back in April, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh named Sainristil a star and his teammates and coaching staff raved about him.
When the Wolverines entered fall practice Mike Sainristil did not hold onto the starting position. That went new starting slot receiver, Ronnie Bell. Bell was injured Saturday night, enter Sainristil.
All Mike Sainristil did was lead the Wolverines with three catches for 73 yards and a score, displaying the potential that had everyone praising him in the spring, against Notre Dame.
Sainristil, plays with a high motor. He also blocks well, and is always hustling around. Harbaugh said last four weeks especially in practice, that he is seeing a lot of growth from Mike.
Mike Sainristil, always been really good route-running, but he went through a short period there he wasn’t catching the ball great. But now his confidence is back and surging.
The Wolverines offense is is now armed with Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins, Ronnie Bell and Sainristil making it much more difficult for defenses to double one of them.
At 5 foot 10 inches and 183 pounds, Sainristil is short but makes up for that with his speed and athleticism which adds a new wrinkle to Michigan’s new offense.
Mike Sainristil, a three-star athlete coming out of high school who played cornerback and wide receiver, has the ability to make a big impact from here on out. Given his break-away speed, he showed Saturday night against a very good Noter Dame secondary he can shred right through it.
The Michigan Wolverines seem to have found their groove on offense and defense. They will be a tough match up for teams coming down the stretch. That includes Ohio State.