Tru Wilson is Finding His Role at Michigan

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Tru Wilson is Finding His Role at Michigan

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Tru Wilson is Finding His Role at Michigan

Out of high school in 2015, Michigan running back Tru Wilson was a two-star prospect who played safety. He was a walk-on at Michigan in 2016 and didn’t get much playing time that year, getting only one carry for one yard.

2017 saw him get some more production, but nothing noteworthy as he would appear in four games, but mostly all the appearances were on the special teams unit.

2018 is a different situation for Wilson. After moving from safety to running back this season, Michigan needed a guy to step up to the third-string role. With Ty Isaac graduating and Kareem Walker transferring, Wilson stepped up to the plate and has excelled at the position.

Wilson had a strong camp and he would end up winning the third-string job. Harbaugh talked about him on Monday, saying that Tru Wilson is a “Tremendous plus-plus-plus across the board. Thought his vision got a lot better during training camp. He really took to coaching.”

What stood out for Harbaugh was watching Wilson in early spring ball and “8-9 days into training camp.”

“He’s really seeing things well,” said Harbaugh. “He’s not running into the thick of the defender anymore…his pass protection is very good. It’s all been good. Continuing to improve. A team favorite. Earned a scholarship in training camp. Which has been fantastic.”

Wilson did get his scholarship during camp, but it was a scary start for the running back, saying “When I first got here it was a little intimidating. Not being a recruited guy at all, so I just came in and just was patient with everything, I looked up to the older guys, followed their path and it’s helped me get to where I am today.”

Wilson was able to see some playing time against Western Michigan last week as Wilson got six carries for 54 yards and caught one pass for three yards. He even got his own crowd chant.

Anytime Wilson got the ball, the fans shouted “Tru.” Wilson is used to that though, saying “Yea I could hear them. It was a pretty cool experience. They’ve actually been doing that since high school like at my high school games they were doing that, so it was a pretty cool experience.”

When asked why did he choose Michigan to walk-on too, Wilson said “It’s the Univerisity of Michigan. It was a great opportunity to prove to myself and to the world what I got, like what I can do, I was just ready for it, I wanted to do it.”

Depending on how the game goes against SMU this Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3:30PM., Wilson could see some more playing time and after not scoring last week, you got to believe he wants to run into that blue end zone with over 100,000 people cheering him on.

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