Bored at work - slow day on the board.
Anyway, figured this was worth discussing:
- Word is that Thomas Rawls is not exactly eligible to play this fall - YET. He has been taking a summer class (just one I believe) at Michigan that he has to pass in order to be eligible for this fall. Logic would state that it should be pretty easy to pass the class, and if he can't pass one class over the summer - how would he be able to take a 12-hour course load in the fall / winter at Michigan? I am not concerned, but it is something worth mentioning.
- Assuming Rawls is eligible, look for it to be a battle with Stephen Hopkins to be the primary tailback. Nothing really of substance to add here - just what people are saying. The Rawls hype train continues to churn down the tracks.
- There should be a position for "Third Down RB" this fall, most likely to be filled by Vincent Smith or Justice Hayes. Hayes has generated a lot of good buzz from the people watching, even if he could potentially use a redshirt year to increase his muscle mass. He'd have to be really impressive, IMO, because Vincent Smith is made for this role in our new offense. If V. Smith cannot get a strangehold on this role, I wouldn't be surprised if he transferred at some point.
- I wouldn't count out Fitz, Shaw, or Cox, either. Fitz is the most complete back - could handle the entire load himself if he magically became injury-proof. Word is Shaw has put in the work this offseason, unlike prior seasons. But his injury has put him behind others at the moment - and it remains to be seen if he's more 1st/2nd down back or a 3rd down back (the term "tweener" comes to mind here - and that's never a good thing). Cox needs to learn a playbook before he will see the field. Once practice starts, if he's learned the playbook - he could be a frontrunner.