Harbaugh: Evans expected to return against Wisconsin

By Brandon Justice ,


Photo by Andy Shippy

For the first time since Week 3, Michigan junior running back Chris Evans will be on the field for the Wolverines.

According to running backs coach Jay Harbaugh, Evans is “expected to play” for No. 12-ranked U-M as they take on No. 15 Wisconsin under the lights at Michigan Stadium on Saturday night.

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Evans, during Michigan’s Week 3 game against SMU, suffered an undisclosed injury that’s sidelined him for the past three weeks. In his first three games, the junior rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, along with five receptions for 44 yards. Splitting carries with starter Karan Higdon (second in the Big Ten in rushing yards), Evans is Michigan’s best receiving back and arguably its most versatile.

Despite a slow start, Evans’ production in his first two seasons is undeniably impressive (1,299 yards combined). The Indianapolis native’s skill set provides Michigan — and Shea Patterson — another weapon in his return.

Sophomore running back Tru Wilson made an impact while Evans was sidelined. Keep an eye out for his snap count with Evans back, as he might be rewarded the No. 2 running back spot until Evans makes some plays.

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