Week 4: Sainristil lit up the Big House in the third quarter with a spectacular interception in traffic and his 69-yard return for a TD to break open a game that Rutgers was threatening to get back into. Overall, the CB graded out pretty well in Michigan's 31-7 triumph over Rutgers. He did give up 88 yards on three receptions but that 29.8 average per catch allowed is skewered since 69 of those yards came on one play, when Rutgers wideout Christian Dremel got inside Sainistril and took a slant pass the distance on just the third play of the game. Sainistril was effective blitzing from his DB spot, as he twice got pressure on Scarlet Knights QB Gavin Wimsatt.
Week 3: Sainristil played 41 snaps in Michigan's decisive 31-6 win over Bowling Green. Lining up in coverage mostly over the slot (29 snaps), he was targeted twice, giving up a long pass of 33 yards on the one completion against him. He was also in on three tackles. — JH
Week 2: Though in on 39 total snaps, Sainristil was targeted just once in coverage in Michigan's 35-7 win over Delaware. He recorded four tackles and helped anchor a Wolverines pass defense that held UNLV quarterbacks to a combined to 15-of-26 and 168 yards. — JH
Week 1: Sainristil started off 2023 with a bang, intercepting East Carolina QB Mason Garcia in Michigan territory on the game's opening drive. Sainristil played 34 snaps, was targeted five times on passes, allowing two receptions for 13 yards, and led a Wolverine pass defense that limited East Carolina to 132 yards passing. He also recorded two tackles. — JH
Week 0: DNP
HISTORY — from college profile
Won both the Offensive (2021, co) and Defensive (2022) Skill Player of the Year Awards... Four-year letterman (2019-20-21-22)... Has appeared in 47 games in his career at wide receiver, defensive back, and on special teams with 21 starts (nine on offense, 12 on defense) and work at punt returner... Changed to jersey No. 5 from 19 prior to the 2021 season; changed to No. 0 from to the start of the 2022 season... Though he played both sides of the ball in high school, began his U-M career on offense before switching primarily to defense prior to the 2022 season.
2022 (sr): Appeared in all 14 games with 11 starts at cornerback and played special teams; made 58 tackles including 6.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks with one interception among eight pass breakups to earn his fourth varsity letter... All-Big Ten selection (honorable mention, coaches and media)... Twice shared Defensive Player of the Week honors following the wins over Colorado State and at Ohio State... Shared Defensive Player of the Game honors for his performance at Indiana... Started at nickel against Colorado State (Sept. 3) and made three solo tackles including a sack... Started at the nickel spot against Hawaii (Sept. 10) and made one solo tackle... Recorded a tackle for loss among three stops in a start against UConn (Sept. 17)... Stuffed the stat sheet against Maryland (Sept. 24), producing eight tackles including two for loss with a seven-yard sack and also broke up a pass... Played on special teams and from the nickel spot, added four tackles at Iowa (Oct. 1)... Started at the nickel spot and broke up two passes to go along with four tackles at Indiana (Oct. 8)... Made a solo tackle and broke up a pass playing the nickel spot against Penn State (Oct. 15)... From the starting nickel spot, broke up a pass and made two tackles against Michigan State (Oct. 29)... Contributed five tackles including a split-TFL starting from his nickel spot at Rutgers (Nov. 5)... Against Nebraska (Nov. 12), started as the nickel and made five tackles... Contributed five stops from his starting nickel position against Illinois (Nov. 19)... Delivered seven tackles and broke up a pair of passes from the nickel spot at Ohio State (Nov. 26)... Made a tackle for loss among three solo stops against Purdue in the Big Ten Championship (Dec. 3)... Intercepted a pass, made a tackle for loss in the backfield and hurried the quarterback in a seven-tackle effort against TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl/CFP Semifinal (Dec. 31).
2021 (jr): Appeared in all 14 games with five starts at wide receiver and also contributed on special teams in coverage and as a returner; caught 22 passes for 312 yards with two touchdowns and rushed once for seven yards with two kickoff returns; also made five solo tackles in special teams coverage to earn his third varsity letter... Shared Play of the Game honors for his diving 48-yard reception at Nebraska... Played wide receiver and on special teams against Western Michigan (Sept. 4)... Caught one pass playing wide receiver and on special teams against Washington (Sept.11)... Started at wide receiver and also played special teams against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18)... Caught a career-long 51-yard pass against Rutgers (Sept. 25)... In a start at Wisconsin (Oct. 2), caught two passes for 15 total yards... Reeled in two catches for 52 yards in a start at Nebraska (Oct. 9) including a 48-yard long... Caught four passes for 33 yards and also made a special teams tackle against Northwestern (Oct. 23)... Brought in three passes for 69 yards with a 19-yard touchdown at Michigan State (Oct. 30)... Caught two passes for 27 yards against Indiana (Nov. 6)... Hauled in two passes for 11 yards at Penn State (Nov. 13)... Caught a 13-yard touchdown at Maryland (Nov. 20) and also contributed on special teams... Caught a 34-yard reception against Ohio State (Nov. 27)... Brought in a one-yard pass starting at wide receiver against Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game (Dec. 4)... Caught one pass for 10 yards against Georgia in the Capital One Orange Bowl/CFP Semifinal (Dec. 31).
2020 (soph): Appeared in all six games with three starts at wide receiver and also contributed on special teams; caught seven passes for 82 yards with two touchdowns to earn his second varsity letter... Started at wide receiver and caught an 11-yard pass at Minnesota (Oct. 24)... Started and caught one four-yard pass against Michigan State (Oct. 31)... Contributed at wide receiver and on special teams at Indiana (Nov. 7)... Caught a 23-yard touchdown, the first of Cade McNamara's career, playing wide receiver against Wisconsin (Nov. 14)... Turned four catches into 44 yards with one touchdown in a start Rutgers (Nov. 21)... Played snaps at wide receiver against Penn State (Nov. 28) and made his first start as a punt returner.
2019 (fr): Appeared in all 13 games with 1 start at wide receiver and also played special teams; caught eight passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and made one tackle to earn his first varsity letter... Named to Pro Football Focus College's All-Big Ten Team (wide receiver) for his performance against Notre Dame... Played snaps at wide receiver and on special teams in his Wolverine debut against Middle Tennessee State (Aug. 31), against Rutgers (Sept. 28), at Illinois (Oct. 12)... Contributed as a wide receiver against Army (Sept. 7) and at Wisconsin (Sept. 21), Ohio State (Nov. 30), at Penn State (Oct. 19)... Made his first career catch, and eight-yarder, against Iowa (Oct. 5)... Caught his first career touchdown, a 26-yarder, from Dylan McCaffrey as part of a three-catch, 73-yard day against Notre Dame (Oct. 26)... Caught two passes totaling 21 yards against Michigan State (Nov. 16)... Caught a 35-yard pass, his longest of the season at Indiana (Nov. 23) and also made a tackle... Caught an eight-yard pass against Alabama in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)
High school: Attended Everett High School (Everett, MA)... Coached by Theluxon Pierre... 2018-19 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Massachusetts... 247 Composite 3-star prospect, rated the No. 64 cornerback and No. 1 player in Massachusetts... ESPN 4-star recruit, ranked the No. 25 athlete and No. 1 player in Massachusetts... Rivals 3-star recruit, rated No. 2 in Massachusetts... 247.com three-star prospect, ranked the No. 3 player in Massachusetts... Received the Bouvier Award and Suite Sports Showtime Award... Led the Crimson Tide to a 12-1 record in 2018... Helped his team to consecutive Division 1 state championships in 2016 and 2017, and three straight state playoff appearances... Earned Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic twice during his career... Gained 1,740 receiving yards and scored 28 receiving touchdowns while adding 56 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns during his career; had four defensive touchdowns and two special teams scores... Recorded six interceptions as a senior, adding 32 catches for 792 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense, in addition to 290 yards rushing and five touchdowns... Made 33 tackles and four interceptions as a junior while producing 13 total touchdowns on offense.
Mike Sainristil was born Oct. 3, 2000... Son of Carlot and Raymonde Sainristil... Born in Port Au Prince, Haiti... A musician who plays violin, piano and drums... Member of the choir at the Boston Missionary Baptist Church... Also speaks Creole