Running backs: B-
In a very unexpected turn, Michigan’s running backs have not been dominant at all through the first four games. Blake Corum looks great with 351 yards and 8 touchdowns thus far, but Donovan Edwards has really struggled on the ground, with 33 carries for 109 yards and zero touchdowns.
Edwards does have 100 receiving yards and has looked great as a receiving threat, but the lack of success on the ground is worrisome. It’s important to acknowledge that Edwards didn’t have his first game of 65+ yards on the ground until week 5 against Penn State last season, but most fans were hoping to see him build off of his great success at the end of last season.
Now, I’m sure that a lot of the struggles have been because of offensive line struggles. Holes haven’t been as big or even as existent. But still, the backs aren’t making as many guys miss, and aren’t seeing the holes as well as you would have expected.
There’s a lot of room to grow here, and I’m sure that the performance by the backs will greatly improve as the offense as a whole begins to mesh more.