who can consistently get more than one yard on first down and hold on to the ball.
Who is the starting RB on this team?
Soooooo.....not Vincent Smith then?
Toussaint! He had 8 carries and 87 yards! He was just always hurt. Hopefully he can rehabilitate this spring.
... like 60 of those yards came on one carry against bowling green.
Vincent Smith will surprise.
Especially after another year to recover from his ACL tear. They say it takes two (years) to really get back. I still can't believe he played last year as effectively as he did, I mean, given that he suffered his injury so late in the prior year vs. OSU...
But yeah, I agree, don't sleep on Smith. I like all our backs in one way or another, and can't wait to see what happens.
we had one first team all american RB, might as well let him keep up the good work...Denard for heisman!
continued trolling for Cox. You've been wrong about him from day 1 but STILL won't let it go.
Also, I hope Cox never plays a down of football after dancing on RR's grave and publicly calling him DickRod after he was fired. I've never said a personally-negative thing about a current UM player but honestly, fuck that guy.
My money is on Shaw. Senior, speedy, willing to break tackles, no big fumbling issue.
What was I wrong about? I said I thought he might be Michigan's starter/leading rusher this year, and yeah, I was wrong about that.
Just because he didn't start doesn't mean that he wasn't better than the starter. Unless you're somehow convinced that Vincent Smith is a stud.
That being said, I agree that Cox was a little immature when Rodriguez left. He could have handled it like more of an adult. But I also think he was getting a raw deal, and I don't think one comment from any player would make me wish that player "never plays a down of football." Let's keep things in perspective.
What was I wrong about .... I was wrong about that.
I think you answered the question for yourself there Magnus.
I'll take Shaw. He attacked the holes and he can do a little bit of everything. Plus he has lost zero fumbles in his career.
think it could be one of these three guys,Shaw,Hopkins or Toussaint.GO BLUE!!!
yea def. give hopkins a shot first. He has great size for the system and showed flashes of the talent that he has this year. Borges should start developing him now
My guess would be Shaw at RB and Hopkins at FB since he's proven to be a fairly good blocker. If Hoke/Borges adapt the offensive system to include a 3 WR instead of a FB then I'd see Shaw/Hopkins/Cox splitting carries.
I think hopkins will have a breakout year. He won't be starting, i think that goes to shaw. But hopkins and fitz will split time equally after him.
it will be between shaw, fitz and Hopkins. I really loved what i saw from Hops this year. My one concern is can he catch out of the back field which is a staple of Borges scheme?
Hail to the Victors Valiant!
i hope it s fitz touissaint, he seems to be the most complete back if he can stay healthy, at 6-0 and 187 , shaw seems tohave a recievers body. i think i heard fred jackson say fitz reminded him of chris perry. i think.
Comparing someone to Chris Perry is a pretty poor endorsement from Fred Jackson. An average endorsement would compare Touissant to Barry Sanders, except shifty, powerful, and fast. I'm not sure what a good one would sound like.
This either means Michigan truly is becoming Notre Dame or Michigan's running back will be divine without having Noel Devine on the roster.
I'd like to see more Cox and Hopkins and less of Smith. FT has yet to prove himself, so I'm looking forward to see him injury free for once. I'm guessing this will be rushing offense by committee again tho.
that's a tough question. I think Fitz will definitely be the small/shifty back of the bunch. I think Cox and Shaw will fight over the power back roll if Cox can keep it together. Unfortunately, I think Hopkins gets the short end of the stick next season. Smith will be last on the depth chart, IMO.
I keep watching Fitz's high school reel and....wow. He's blowing people away, granted its in high school, but the seperation he gets is just phenomenal
That should mean we have a stable of backs that we can rotate in and out. So it may be less important to know who the starter is, but who will get the crunch time carries.
The good thing for Toussaint and Cox is that they're all starting with a clean slate with the new coaching staff, with obvious feedback from Fred Jackson.
who can make it through fall drills without busting his collarbone or tweaking a hammy or spraining his ankle or blowing out a knee. He may not be the most talented RB, but given the ridiculous attrition we've had over the last three years, that might be the most we can hope for.
What has coach Hoke been talking about from the minute he got here? Toughness. Physicality. That means Cox or Hopkins to me. Cox is faster, and more fluid in and out of cuts. Cox is the starter, Hopkins is the short yardage back. Let the others rotate in from time to time, and see who emerges as the #2 guy. I think Fitz wins the "change of pace" back and will be a nice burst of speed to keep opposing teams on their toes.
Mike Cox will start at RB in the Fall.
We have votes for 5 RBs in this thread! Someone will have to step up. We have quotes from both Fitz and Cox stating in the old regime they were hoping the coaches would trust them to play. They each had reasons they didn't play.
I'm just glad Denard won't have to carry the load in the Red Zone. Btw Cox, Shaw, Fitz, and Hopkins someone will rise up as the go to back when we need it. It's the official no excuses year for these 4 backs.
It will be a fresh start for all concerned and the speed in which they master the new offense plus the willingness to block and the ability to catch a ball out of the backfield without putting them on the carpet may be part of the decision Coach Hoke has to make. ************* ********** come on down.
Shaw showed some real good toughness this year when he wasn't injured. Key point being when he wasn't injured.
That being said, I would like to see us use our bigger backs this year like Fitz, Hopkins and Cox.
Smith should be in as a third-down back and in special situations. I appreciate his toughness and effort, but we need someone who will break tackles consistently.
of the bigger backs getting more carries this season.
Fitz Toussaint > all others.
The reason Smith played is because he put in effort. I cant remember which game it was but he blocked a guy twice his size and got a concussion because of it. You can not argue with that