Hoke Names Shaw Starter at Running Back
Mike Shaw will get the chance to be the Michigan running back. He has endured three years of playing in a spread offense, but the senior from Ohio has picked up the more traditional offensive style the quickest of any back. At 6’1 200 pounds Shaw has good size for a B1G running back. He is not the heaviest back on the roster, but his size/speed blend makes him a threat to be a complete back. Al Borges said that Shaw should, “expect to garner about 25 carries a game.” Sophomore, Fitzgerald Toussaint, will back up Shaw. I think that Shaw gets the nod over Toussaint because of Shaw’s ability to pick up blitzers and protect Denard Robinson. In a west coast offense, Robinson will have fewer QB draws, and will have to go through his progressions before running more often. This makes it imperative that the offense has a Running back that can pick up freed up blitzers, or unblocked defenders. It appears that with Robinson, Rountree and Shaw as the top 3 skill positions that this team went from young to old in less than a year. That experience could very well be the key to a successful season, and it begins with a successful rushing attack.
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