Coming into the season, it was made clear that Jim Harbaugh would start Chris Evans at running back. After Isaac stole the show in week one against Florida, he was given the majority of carries the following week against Cincinnati.
The senior played his freshman season at USC before transferring to Michigan in 2015. In 2015 and 2016 Isaac was used as a second or third running back in the rotation. Now the 6’3″ 230 pounder has proven he is ready to carry the load for the Wolverines in 2017.
Isaac has rushed for 247 yards, while averaging eight yards per carry this season. That is more than half the rushing yards that he compiled throughout the entirety of the 2016 season. Evans has yet to even reach 100 rushing yards this season. Chris seems like a different running back than we saw last year, particularly when it comes to his footing.
Expect Isaac to continue his success and rush for over 1,000 yards this season, which is something he has never done before. At this rate it will only take him two more games to surpass his 2016 totals. If Evans could do a better job finding space and using his feet, he will surface as the clear No. 2 back in the rotation. The third man in the rotation will likely continue to be Karan Higdon.
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