Michigan's Brady Hoke Desperate For Take-Charge Running Back

By John Raffel
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Spring football is just a few weeks away but coaches like Michigan‘s Brady Hoke are already getting ready to address some of their biggest needs for the 2013 NCAA football season.
The biggest questions for Michigan will be at running back, obviously. The Wolverines haven’t had a dangerous running back threat in a long time and that reason in particular is probably why the Maize and Blue haven’t been able to seriously contend for the Big Ten or a national title.

He won’t be appearing  in spring camp because he’s still in high school, but newly signed recruit Wyatt Shallman just might get a chance to get a lot of carries for the 2013 Wolverines.

“When you recruit, you can make mistakes telling a guy you’re going to do this, or you’re going to do that. We don’t do that,” Hoke said. “We educate them on where we’re at and what we’re trying to do. I think we educate them on how we’re going to play and that the competition will always be there if you have a good program.

“Wyatt is a guy who is very multiple in what he can do. He can line up in the single back if you want to run some inside zone, he can knock people off the ball, he can be a short-yardage guy and he can catch the ball well. He can do those things out of the backfield.”

Shallman attended Detroit Catholic Central High School, the Division 1 runner-up in Michigan the past two seasons. He was ranked highly in various recruiting services including the No. 2 fullback in the country by one service and the No. 6 player in Michigan and 18th best athlete by another service.

It depends on what the returning talent can do for the Wolverines, but Hoke definitely needs someone that he can rely on for 12 games. He didn’t have one last year.

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