Anatomy of a Running Back Substitution, Part 3

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30Dec 2020
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Anatomy of a Running Back Substitution, Part 3

Missouri football coaches meeting (image via Twitter)

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For previous posts in this series, click here (part 1) or here (part 2).

Having addressed the similarities between Tyrone Wheatley and Jay Harbaugh on distributing carries and then the reasons for rotating running backs, here’s the final piece on how a coaching staff might handle the weekly rotation.

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24Dec 2020
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Anatomy of a Running Back Substitution, Part 1

Jay Harbaugh (image via Twitter)

I’ve seen a lot of criticism over the years – but especially in 2020 – about Michigan’s running back rotation. There has been a lot of blame put on running backs coach Jay Harbaugh for using too many backs, not giving Hassan Haskins enough carries, not giving Zach Charbonnet enough carries, not giving Blake Corum enough carries, not giving Chris Evans enough carries, etc.

First, a brief history of the running back rotation under Jim Harbaugh for the top four running backs:

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17Dec 2020
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Addressing Michigan’s Coaching Situation

Sherrone Moore (image via 247 Sports)

Following a 2-4 season and five straight losses to Ohio State – plus an embarrassing loss to Michigan State in 2020 – questions about Jim Harbaugh’s status as head coach have been non-stop. I have a hard time calling for coaches’ jobs, because as a (lower level) coach myself, I know some of the struggles with coaching.

Of course, college coaches have a different situation than high school coaches, because they have more power and more control over which coaches and players enter their program. But there are similarities in that your team’s success is subject to injuries, off-the-field behavior of young people, administrative limits, etc.

So here I would like to address which coaches I would prioritize bringing back, from highest priority to lowest:

Sherrone Moore (Tight Ends): Moore is Michigan’s top recruiter, especially in-state. According to 247 Sports, he’s the #6 recruiter in the country and #2 in the Big Ten (behind Ohio State’s Brian Hartline). I have not been extremely impressed with the performance of Michigan’s tight ends over the past couple seasons, but I think that’s more of an issue with the structure of the offense than the individual players. Regardless, tight end is a position where you can hide a mediocre X’s and O’s/technique coach if the guy coaching them can recruit his butt off. And Moore can. He’s listed as the primary recruiter for QB J.J. McCarthy, OT Giovanni El-Hadi, C Raheem Anderson II, TE Louis Hansen, LB Tyler McLaurin, and WR Andrel Anthony, and he’s the secondary recruiter for RB Donovan Edwards.

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12Dec 2020
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Top 10 Longest Plays vs. Ohio State

Desmond Howard (image via Michigan Radio)
  1. Desmond Howard 93-yard punt return TD (1991)
  2. Dave Raimey 90-yard kickoff return TD (1960)
  3. Devin Gardner 84-yard pass to Jeremy Gallon (2013)
  4. Charles Woodson 78-yard punt return TD (1997)
  5. Jim Harbaugh 77-yard TD pass to John Kolesar (1985)
  6. Denard Robinson 75-yard TD pass to Roy Roundtree (2012)
  7. Drew Henson 70-yard TD pass to Anthony Thomas (2000)
  8. Brian Griese 69-yard TD pass to Tai Streets (1996)
  9. Steve Smith 67-yard TD pass to Triando Markray (1983)
  10. Denard Robinson 67-yard TD run (2012)

Hit the jump for video of #1 and #3. Sadly, I couldn’t find video of Raimey’s kickoff return.

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15Nov 2020
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Wisconsin 49, Michigan 11

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This is a shell of a team. Life sucks, at least in a football sense. In addition to starting WR Nico Collins and CB Ambry Thomas, who opted out, Michigan was without DE Kwity Paye, DE Aidan Hutchinson, LT Ryan Hayes, and RT Jalen Mayfield. Basically, every guy who looks like a surefire draft pick (at some point) sat out of this game except S Dax Hill. And if you’re counting on a safety to lead your squad to victory, you’re going to be disappointed most of the time.

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