Friday, August 10, 2018

Michigan Friday: Colin Castleton Has a Broken Hand

"Colin, unfortunately, broke his hand earlier this summer but he didn't have to have surgery," Washington said. "The thing that sucks for him is that he won't be able to participate when we go over to Spain. We expect him to get back to full basketball activities when he gets back." per Interim head coach Saddi Washington.   The true freshman center will miss the experience of playing during the Spain trip but should be ready to go when the season starts.

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Since we are 22 days prior to football, which also happens to be Karan Higdon's number.  I thought I would do a quick prediction on who the #3 running back will be this season.

Michigan right now is blessed with some un-believable depth at the RB position.  They have co-starters in Karan Higdon and Chris Evans who will split a majority of the carries this season.   With the loss of Kareem Walker to transfer, the question now remains who will be the 3rd RB in the rotation?  

On a side note, this has nothing to do with the FB position which will be a battle between Ben Mason and Jarred Wrangler to see who can create the most holes in the defense. 

Here are the candidates for the #3 spot:

Walk-on Tru Wilson:  We know Tru has been mentioned by Jimmy has a strong RB in Spring practice, but that is about the extent of our knowledge on him.  He has been mostly a scout team/special teams player for his first two years in the program.

O'Maury Samuels:  Had 3 carries for 7 yards last year against Rutgers and Minnesota.  He is 5'10 and 205 pounds and is considered a freak "fast" athlete.

Berkley Edwards:  He has played for Minnesota, CMU, and now Michigan.  We know who his brother is and is expected to contribute as a returner.   He has a bunch of experience running the football in the Big Ten and my expectation is, if he is healthy will get a number of carries this season.

Kurt Taylor: red shirt freshman

Hassan Haskins: true freshman

Christian Turner: true freshman

With the loss of Kareem the two true freshman are headed for a redshirt year with the depth above them.   I expect Berkley to be the #3 RB coming out of camp but with O'Maury being close and getting some carries for experience.  If the game is out of reach and Michigan just needs a RB to run out the clock, I think it will be Tru Wilson. 

What we know for sure this is the last year for Karan and Berkley and if Chris has a good year, might elect to head to the NFL.  If that happens then Michigan will need to develop a starter for the 2019 season.

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