WATCH: Michigan WR Oliver Martin makes circus catch in fall camp

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said his wide receiver corps has 'a chance to be really good.'

Michigan doesn’t disseminate much information from fall camp, but on Friday, the athletic department released some practice footage — with one particular play that made the rounds on the Internet.

In the video, redshirt sophomore quarterback Brandon Peters lofts a pass into the end zone, intended for freshman receiver Oliver Martin.

The ball appears underthrown, but the defensive back isn’t able to turn his head around in time, and in one smooth motion Martin leaps, reaches over the defender and plucks the ball off his back.

It was, to say the least, a circus catch — the type of play few can make. And it was also a glimpse at the immense talent of Michigan’s young receiving corps, a group that earned praise this week from not only passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton but also Harbaugh.

 

 

 

“The receivers are doing really well,” Harbaugh said Friday night. “(Donovan Peoples-Jones) and Oliver Martin and Tarik Black are making a lot of plays. They really are. They’re making some superb athletic types of plays. I’ve never seen freshmen doing it the way they’re doing it.”

In addition to Peoples-Jones, Martin and Black, Harbaugh also mentioned that Nico Collins — the fourth member of Michigan’s group of highly touted freshman receivers — could also see the field early. While the freshman have caught Harbaugh’s eye, the other, more experienced receivers have also contributed to a group that Harbaugh says is “coming along nicely.”

“It’s got a chance to be really good,” Harbaugh said. “The young receivers, Grant (Perry) as well, Kekoa Crawford, Eddie McDoom — he’s not giving up anything to anybody. There’s quite a few guys that are really battling hard.”

 

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