From a sports point of view, this is quite the week for the Michigan Wolverines. On Monday the men’s basketball team played in one of the better NCAA Championship games we have seen in quite some time, coming up short against Louisville. On Friday another season will come to an end in Ann Arbor, sort of. The spring football season will wrap up for Brady Hoke’s team with the annual spring game in Michigan Stadium. While this may mark the end of the spring practice schedule for Michigan, the focus is now entirely on the football program and for good reason.
Some Michigan fans may have been a little more out of touch with what has been going on with the football team this spring, as the men’s basketball team was taking fans on a fun ride through the Big Ten and NCAA tournament. For starters, the offense is looking forward to getting back to more of a standard offensive style with Devin Gardner taking over the reigns of the offense from Denard Robinson. That focus could be influenced by the running back position, which sees Fitzgerald Toussaint continuing to recover nicely from a broken tibia and fractured fibula suffered last November.
On Saturday, the running back position will be one worth watching, if only to see what kind of depth the Wolverines could have this season. Toussaint, when at 100 percent, will figure in to the starting competition later this summer, when star recruit Derrick Green arrives on campus. Many expect Green to compete right away for playing time. That means on Saturday I will be looking to see what Thomas Rawls and Justice Hayes have to offer. The two back-ups have been seeing a slightly increased amount of playing time this spring in lieu of Toussaint’s injury, and Saturday will be their open audition for some playing time consideration later on.
Neither player will have a realistic shot at a starting job in all likelihood, but they will be under a bit of a microscope on Saturday when Wolverines fans officially move on from basketball season and get back into a football fix.
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