In my mind is the most important spring battle, but also the least talked about. Last year the RBs were below average. Michigan's offense got a lot of credit but we never developed a solid run-game from the TBs to complement Denard's runs. I think it really hurt our spread sometimes when defenses could focus in on Denard.
It seems like Shaw and Hopkins fit the best in this new system, along with maybe Fitzgerald if he can stay healthy. I really don't see Vincent Smith getting a bulk of carries in this offense. Nor do I see a freshman coming in to make an immediate impact. Hayes and possibly Rawls will be very very good down the road, but I am not sure if they can play right away. I could be wrong, of course. SDSU had a big time frosh RB, but it's a different league here.
This should be a very interesting position battle, esepcially with the conversion from the spread to the Gulf Coast. And remember that SDSU's offense really opened up this year with the addition of that Freshman RB.
If it's Shaw, Hopkins, and Fitzgerald, who gets the edge? Is it more by committee or does someone seize that job?
EDIT: Consensus is ..... it is WIDE open.