Michigan Wolverines: Rebuilding the Offense — Running Backs
The Running Backs
The running back situation is bright. At least there are enough lumens to recognize light. One could think of the running back stable as potential energy. Potential energy only has value if movement is achieved.
The movement of the backs will depend on how well Coach Jackson incorporates the running back techniques needed to gain yardage in Coach Nuss’s system and of course the success of the line. There is little doubt that the back who demonstrates in practice the ability to read the block and gains the extra yard after contact gets a leg up going into the opener. The back must successfully time up the double team and also be adept at hitting the cutback option. There will likely be a more diverse use of backs than previously, regardless of Coach Jackson’s penchant for showcasing one back. The tight end and h-back packages used in this offense may mandate more than a simple one back reliance. Hopefully, finally, Michigan will have offensive packages that can pressure defenses on the perimeter with running backs that can break leverage.The candidates are well known, De’Veon Smith, Derrick Green, Drake Johnson, and Justice Hayes (for a start), but the winner is far from obvious and there may never be a final victor. That may not be a bad thing. This author discounts the possibility of Ty Issac being declared eligible for 2014, but we are talking about the NCAA, where certainty is a construct as far removed as Camelot. Also lets not forget Wyatt Shallman or Ross Douglas either at the running back position.
It will not be which back, but how the backs are used that end up being the deciding factor as to whether improvement in the running game becomes a reality. This of course takes into account the given that offensive line play must execute the blocking scheme to a level that gives a back a fighting chance of seeing daylight.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Doc4Blu
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