This week's scouting report is on Sugar Land (TX) Fort Bend Austin running back Vic Enwere, who was offered by Michigan last week. Michigan is looking for a RB in the 2014 class and has little/no hope of pulling in consensus top back Leonard Fournette, so they're casting their net a little wider with the offer to Enwere. He's currently committed to Cal.
Scouting Report: Vic Enwere
But did anyone report as to why the coaches are looking for a rb in'14? I believe they were not going to take one.
There have been rumors of attrition. Also, you should probably take a RB in every class, especially since both Smith and Green have burned their redshirts.
I think the mods frown upon speculating about individual players.
I wouldn't want to upset Old Testament Brian.
We can use the EA Sports method and use an anonymous way of referring to players like "RB #38."
Don't we have more pressing needs than RB? With the limited spots left I figured RB would be a position we wouldn't really NEED to take in this class.
We're past the point where we have "needs," in my opinion. The roster has been refilled.
Drive blocking TE who can also present something of a pass-catching threat. Butt will be OK, Funchess may never be a great blocker, AJ Williams hasn't been a great blocker and never even gets targeted in the passing game, and the kid we have in 2014 plays receiver in HS.
Ian Bunting moved to TE for his senior year. He only had about 10 catches this year (IIRC) because of his new position.
EDIT: Furthermore, Paskorz might return in 2014, giving Michigan five tight ends. It's also a spot where walk-ons can frequently contribute in some capacity, so I don't think you need to overload with scholarship tight ends.
He's a decent blocker but not great, haven't seen him targeted. Same with Williams. Butt's the only true dual-threat, and his blocking is most effective on safeties right now. Interesting to hear on Bunting, but he was a Funchess-type previously.
I'm thinking they're going to try to take a RB this class because nobody outside of Green and Smith has shown much life.
I agree they don't NEED to take one in this class but since Hayes and Rawls have been pretty... meh.. I don't think it's a bad idea to grab one if available.
EDIT: Forgot about Drake. But he's still a question mark because he hasn't been able to play much either with his injury.
- seen enough from Wyatt Shallman to believe that he could be a reliable back-up to Derrick Green and DeVeon Smith in 2014;
- considered either shifting Dennis Norfleet back to running back or using someone like walk-on Anthony Capatina (whom they used to simulate Kain Colter on the scout team before the Northwestern game) in a role that otherwise might’ve been filled by Justice Hayes next year; or
- shifting some other scholarship athlete who might not be in line for a lot of playing time on defense (say Ben Gedeon who was a decent running back in high school) to offense during the spring to determine whether he might give the team suitable depth at the running back position next season?
I do not believe Shallman is an option as a tailback, and he has reportedly been practicing as an H-back.
I also don't believe Capatina is a serious option, and I doubt the coaches see Norfleet as a contender for a RB job considering his lack of size.
Gedeon has played quite a bit at linebacker this year, and he will probably see an increased role next year. I think he'll be a starter down the road at either WILL or MIKE. I definitely don't think the coaches are going to shift him to offense.
- Drake Johnson fully recovers from his injury and is just as good as or better than he was before the injury;
- Derrick Green and DeVeon Smith stay healthy and become productive and satisfied with the roles they’re given; and
- A couple of good running backs will be part of Michigan’s 2015 class?
As for Ben Gedeon, I've also noticed that he has been getting some decent playing time at linebacker this year, and he seems to be a special teams regular. I was just wondering whether he might've been considered as someone who might be able to step into an emergency running back role next season, if necessary, even if he still were being given a significant role on defense.
Given how the season has played out, I think Derrick Green probably expects to be #1 next season with Johnson/Smith battling it out for #2. I don't really think any of those three would be dissatisfied if they win the #2 job, provided that they get a fair number of carries. I think Toussaint has carried more of the load than any one back will get in 2014, so that shouldn't be too much of a problem. If there is indeed going to be attrition, I believe the coaches will succeed in getting another back in 2014, even if it's not someone already on the radar.
there is attrition over the years. So, my belief is that there should always be at least 1 or 2 in every class. Personally, I'm glad they're offering a couple more 2014 prospects.
Agree with adding depth at RB. Considering the beating they take over the course of a season, I think this a smart move.
Hoke also said that Justice Hayes has been moved to WR. He just played RB last week because Fitz was out.
Brady Hoke is the new Rich Rodriguez.