Season Review: Karan Higdon led running back pack in 2018

Season Review: Karan Higdon led running back pack in 2018

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Season Review: Karan Higdon led running back pack in 2018

All the eyes and talk coming into the 2018 season was on the quarterback situation and who would win the job, who would stay, who would transfer. While everyone was focused on that, running back Karan Higdon quietly got stronger and better throughout the offseason and got ready for 2018. He put himself on the map this season and made NFL scouts learn more about him and even decided to not play in the bowl game against Florida to avoid any injury that could affect his NFL career.

Karan Higdon

Higdon saw more of a workload in 2018 than 2017 and he improved and impressed many. Higdon finished with 224 carries for 1178 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with seven catches for 43 yards.

Higdon had seven straight 100-yard rushing games this season, eight total and he even missed one game against SMU with a minor injury. Higdon is a powerhouse at running back, a third down, gritty, speedy power back that can have a future in the NFL and he proved it in 2018.

Chris Evans

The number two back this season, Evans had his worst season at Michigan in rushing attempts and yards but saw an increase in catches, which was due to Higdon being so dominant on the ground. Evans finished with 81 carries for 423 yards and four touchdowns, along with 18 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Evans should see the field more in 2019 with Higdon gone, but Evans still showcased his skills this year. His ability to make players miss and move quickly from side to side, just being shifty is amazing to watch. Evans can certainly, like Higdon, play in the NFL but will have to blow people out of the water in 2019 if he is going to have a solid shot at that. He has the potential to, he just needs to execute it and I believe he will work hard for that, as he always wears his work shirt with his name on it.

Tru Wilson

An unknown player that emerged on the Michigan offense this season was running back Tru Wilson. Wilson saw some more playing time when Higdon was out against SMU and he shined enough that he would be thrown into the rotation for the rest of the season.

Wilson finished the year with 62 carries for 364 yards and a touchdown along with six catches for 34 yards. Wilson will see more playing time next year after having a good showing with his limited time in 2018.

Christian Turner

A player that was hyped up during bowl preparation was running back Christian Turner. Turner was quiet against Florida, along with having a huge touchdown run get called back as he was caught stepping out of bounds.

Turner finished the year with 20 carries for 95 yards and a catch for 16 yards. The freshman will be sophomore in 2019 could certainly see more playing time in the next year. This off-season will be huge for him to prepare for 2019 and with Evans, Wilson and incoming freshmen coming in to compete for the starting job, Turner will want that spot. Either way, expect him in the rotation in 2019.

O’Maury Samuels

There are stats here for the former Michigan Wolverine, but they aren’t worth talking about. Former Michigan running back O’Maury Samuels was dismissed from the team in December of 2018 after being charged with domestic violence and destruction of property.

Samuels won’t be playing for Michigan ever again, or possibly again in the NCAA as domestic violence cases have been rising the past few years with more awareness and more damage it does to players careers.

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