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Jake Butt Plans to Return for Senior Year at Michigan

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According to his Twitter, Michigan junior tight end Jake Butt will stick around for his senior year with the Wolverines.

The Big Ten’s TE of the year announced Tuesday that he’s going for win No. 10 this year and has his sites set on doing even more in 2016. It’s worth noting that Michigan will return most of its offensive firepower, including 91.5 percent of its total production in passing yards, per Zach Shaw of the Michigan Daily.

In 2015, Butt helped showcase what most believe has become a long-lost position at Michigan. And oddly enough, it’s one that once helped define the Wolverines offense. Thanks to an incredible year from Butt, and coach Jim Harbaugh’s idea of re-introducing power football at Michigan, the tight end has now become an instant staple in Ann Arbor.

At 6’6″ and roughly 250 pounds, Butt is the ideal target for any quarterback looking for a physically gifted and naturally athletic bruiser. So far, Butt has made his way into the top six in terms of career accomplishments for Michigan tight ends. With another year remaining, he could leave school as the greatest tight end in Wolverines history.

After suffering through a few knee problems, Butt, who returned feeling better than ever (according to an interview on media day), strung together a career-high 48 catches for 620 yards and three touchdowns. He had just 21 catches for 211 yards as a sophomore–the season in which most expected him to emerge as a all-league threat. Slight delay, but he’s certainly approaching an apex.

And quickly.

Thanks to the return of Butt, the Wolverines will undoubtedly have one of the best big-bodied targets in all of college football.

Back in November, junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis announced that he’d be saying for his senior year, too. Watch out for the Wolverines in 2016.

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