Funchess recorded 748 yards on 49 receptions last season.
“You’ve got really strong leadership there, but at the end of the day, I think you’ve got to earn it,” Hoke said.
The former five-star recruit who transferred from USC to be closer to his ill mother may have to sit out this season.
As would be expected, one of the key players for Michigan will be quarterback Devin Gardner.
Hoke said he decided in February that the team would take that route.
It is believed that the new look will debut on October 11 when the Wolverines host Penn State for “Under The Lights III.”
247Sports reports Thompson also had offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.
Seven years ago, Appalachian State upset the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
As a tight end in 2013, the Michigan native snagged 49 catches for 748 yards last season.
York, a native of Harper Woods, Mich., appeared in one game last season.