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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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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29Nov 2020
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Penn State 27, Michigan 17

Hassan Haskins (image via Freep)

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Michigan’s lineup compared to where it should be:

  • QB: Joe Milton Dylan McCaffrey Cade McNamara Joe Milton
  • RB: Hassan Haskins
  • WR: Nico Collins Cornelius Johnson
  • WR: Ronnie Bell
  • WR: Giles Jackson A.J. Henning
  • TE: Nick Eubanks
  • LT: Ryan Hayes Karsen Barnhart
  • LG: Chuck Filiaga Trevor Keegan
  • C: Andrew Vastardis Zach Carpenter
  • RG: Andrew Stueber Zak Zinter Chuck Filiaga
  • RT: Jalen Mayfield Andrew Stueber
  • DE: Aidan Hutchinson Carlo Kemp
  • DT: Carlo Kemp Chris Hinton, Jr.
  • NT: Donovan Jeter
  • DE: Kwity Paye
  • Viper: Michael Barrett
  • MIKE: Cam McGrone Adam Shibley
  • WILL: Josh Ross
  • CB: Gemon Green
  • CB: Ambry Thomas Vincent Gray
  • S: Brad Hawkins Hunter Reynolds
  • S: Dax Hill

Going back six weeks to opening day, Michigan has 8 backups playing. And if you count the opt-outs, there are 12 positions affected. This is a MASH unit unlike anything I can remember at Michigan.

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22Nov 2020
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Michigan 48, Rutgers 42 (3 OT)

Cade McNamara gets harassed by former Michigan DT Michael Dwumfour (image via Michigan Daily)

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Winning feels good. I don’t really care that it was Rutgers. I don’t really care that it took three overtimes. I don’t really care that I had to stay up until midnight to watch the finish. I went to bed feeling . . . maybe not happy, but relieved.

Remember, remember, the 23rd of September . . . On September 23, 2017, quarterback Wilton Speight’s back got broken on a dirty hit by Purdue. In stepped backup John O’Korn, who completed 69.2% of his passes for 270 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception for an offense that had been disappointing up to that point. He was the savior! The following week he threw 3 interceptions against Michigan State and would finish with 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on the year. The Purdue game was Fool’s Gold. So I have that in the back of my mind going into the next section.

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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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