Admittedly, I don’t usually care for Michael Rothstein’s writing, but he throws out the opportunity that Fitz could be a Heisman candidate as early as next year, which I like. Fitz ran for 1000+ yards in basically 10 games so far. DNP against ND and only two carries against MSU. He is obviously the feature back and it looks like he could consistently see 20-25 carries per game next year. If he averages, say 22.5 carries per game at this year’s YPC (5.8), he would end up with 1696 yards (13 games).
I have never thought of Fitz being THAT good, but he was seriously impressive from Purdue through the end of season. Here are some recent Heisman contender/winner RB stats:
2011 T Richardson: 1583 yards/20 TD/6.0 YPC
2011 M Ball: 1759 yards/32 TD/ 6.4 YPC
2010 L James: 1731 yards/21 TD/5.9 YPC
2009 M Ingram: 1658 yards/17 TD/6.1 YPC
2009 T Gerhart: 1871 yards/27 TD/5.5 YDC
My first thought was that it might be more realistic for Fitz’s senior year when Denard isn’t there to take away carries and yards. But, DRob may be part of the reason Fitz is cashing in. Regardless, we currently have a potential GREAT back at Michigan.