Harbaugh Says Michigan Freshman RB Could Also Play On Defense

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Harbaugh Says Michigan Freshman RB Could Also Play On Defense

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Harbaugh Says Michigan Freshman RB Could Also Play On Defense

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With Karan Higdon and Chris Evans both day-to-day as Michigan’s running backs, the depth at the position has gotten a little thin.

Tru Wilson was the third back on the depth chart, but suddenly finds himself in the pole position as of current. Behind him, Jim Harbaugh says that O’Maury Samuels would get the nod, then true freshman Christian Turner.

But it’s the other true freshman tailback who Harbaugh says has a certain level of intrigue.

Former three-star running back Hassan Haskins may have been unheralded, coming from Eureka (MO), but he was a star player — just under-scouted by many. While he was prolific as a runner, he also — like many high school players — played on the defensive side of the ball.

Harbaugh says that’s something that the team is currently exploring with Haskins.

“He’s done both,” Harbaugh said. “It’s still yet to be determined what his best position is. He was a very good defensive player in high school. He was a very good offensive player in high school. He’s playing special teams right now. Heck, his best position could be defense. It could be offense. Right now, he’s higher on the depth chart on offense, and more offensive ready. For now, he’s coming back to offense. Maybe he ends up doing both. All yet to be determined.

“But he’s a talented player. Could show up in both places going forward. Including special teams.”

Unlike players like Ben Mason, who made the permanent switch from defense to offense, the decision hasn’t been made whether Haskins could make a full-time switch to the other side of the ball.

Haskins, with the new NCAA rule, could see time in up to four games this season without burning his potential redshirt.

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