Name: Thomas Rawls
Weight: 210 lbs.
High school: Northern High School in Flint, MI
Position: Running back
Jersey number: #38
Last year: Rawls was a high school senior (commitment post here)
TTB Rating: 68
I’m probably going to take some flak for putting Rawls down here at #56, but that’s okay. There are plenty of people who think Rawls could come in and be the starter, and I have few doubts that he will compete for playing time. For one thing, I think the other running back in the 2011 class, Justice Hayes, is almost a lock to redshirt, and there’s not much chance that two running backs in one class will redshirt at the same time. Rawls’ body is more developed than Hayes’, and without much talent at the fullback position (let’s face it – John McColgan is just a guy), it’s possible that the coaches might want to have a jumbo backfield with sophomore Stephen Hopkins (227 lbs.) and Rawls for short yardage situations.
I also have difficulty seeing Rawls beat out a few upperclassmen, namely Michael Shaw and Michael Cox. Shaw gets injured regularly, and there’s obviously that looming possibility, but he has performed pretty well when able. And my affinity for Cox (pun intended) has been well documented. Aside from those two, the Wolverines have a third down back in junior Vincent Smith and another big back in Hopkins. Other than the aforementioned short yardage situations (which Cox could handle just as easily, in my opinion), I just don’t see a need for Rawls to see the field much this year.
Prediction: Backup running back
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