With four-star 2015 running back Mike Weber recently committing to the Michigan Wolverines, head coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are getting a pretty good idea of what the running back position at Ann Arbor is going to look like next season, and it’s a gleaming image.
Sophomores Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith are going to help make the ground game more of a weapon this season for a Michigan team that struggled mightily to utilize its talent in the backfield, and Ty Isaac, who transferred from USC this offseason, is going to be a big part of the running back corps either this season or next. There’s still a whole 2014 season yet to be played in Ann Arbor, but the future for the Wolverines is incredibly bright right now thanks to great success on the recruiting trail.
A key feature missing on this Michigan team right now is on offensive line that can support a good ground game. The line is mostly young, but fairly deep, and hopefully simpler schemes offered by Nussmeier will help see that unit to much more success than it had a year ago, when Michigan’s offense was often times a laughing stock. If the offensive line develops this season and returns strong in 2015, Michigan shouldn’t have any problem utilizing a load of talent at the running back position, which is what Hoke has been wanting to do since his arrival in Ann Arbor.
At 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, Weber is ranked as the second best player coming out of the state of Michigan. The Wolverines beat out rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, among others. Hoke was also able to pull the No. 1 rated player in Michigan last week with the commitment of wide receiver Brian Cole. The offensive firepower in this 2015 class is beginning to build mightily.