If Karan Higdon And Chris Evans Miss Time, Tru Wilson Is A Fine Replacement

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If Karan Higdon And Chris Evans Miss Time, Tru Wilson Is A Fine Replacement

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If Karan Higdon And Chris Evans Miss Time, Tru Wilson Is A Fine Replacement

Coming into the SMU game last Saturday, everything seemed fine at the running back position. Chris Evans walked on the field first as the starter, and nobody seemed to be interested because Evans and Higdon almost split time on the field and maybe coach Jim Harbaugh wanted to start the game with a formation with Evans.

Then Evans kept coming out and questions were being formed.

Turns out Higdon was dinged up in practice according to UofM radio, but he was dressed a ready to go. Higdon never saw the field though as Evans saw a majority of the snaps until he also got injured in the fourth quarter and wouldn’t return.

That left the running game up to third-stringer Tru Wilson. Wilson didn’t have any issues and finished the game with 11 carries for 53 yards and his first career touchdown.

After the game, Harbaugh was asked about the status of both Higdon and Evans, Harbaugh said “Karan was a game-time decision. He just didn’t feel like he could go. Chris — we’ll see how — what his situation is exactly — whether it was some kind of strain or if it was a cramp.”

When asked if he believes both running backs will be back next week as Big Ten play kicks off, “We’ll see” said Harbaugh.

Now a majority of teams wouldn’t be calm if their top two running backs were injured and had to miss time. For the Wolverines though, that isn’t the case. Tru Wilson has blown up since camp during the off-season and has won the third-string job, even getting a scholarship despite being a walk-on.

So far this season, Wilson has 17 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, along with two catches for 14 yards. While the numbers aren’t staggering, he didn’t play week one and saw more attention week two when Michigan was up big against Western Michigan and saw more playing time against SMU with Higdon being out.

If Higdon and Evans are forced to miss a game or two, the Wolverines running game will be just fine with Wilson leading the charge. His ability to cut upfield and use a burst of speed to try and get away from defenders is impressive and gives quarterback Shea Patterson less pressure to do more. Michigan’s fourth-string running back O’Maury Samuels has also seen a handful of action this season and can contribute to help Wilson if needed also. If Michigan can run the ball well, it opens up the passing game.

Today is only Monday so there is still plenty of time for Harbaugh to update everyone on the injuries to Higdon and Evans, but if Wilson has to lead the charge on Saturday against Nebraska, that won’t worry the Wolverines.

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