Funchess, a junior, had seven catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns in the first-half of Michigan's season-opening win against Appalachian State last week.
Gardner put him in the company of former Wolverine receivers Braylon Edwards, Anthony Carter and Desmond Howard.
“He can probably be the best receiver to ever play here,” U-M quarterback Devin Gardner said.
Funchess said his performance was a result of putting in time during the offseason.
“It was preparation in practice, pitch and catch, and that’s what you saw,” Funchess said.
Funchess had 748 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore last season. He was awarded the No. 1 jersey for this season, traditionally given to a standout receiver at Michigan. The most recent Wolverine to wear the number was Braylon Edwards in 2004.
Michigan travels to Notre Dame to play the Fighting Irish this Saturday night.
- Paul Palladino