Most Michigan fans would agree that this has been a disappointing season so far for Wolverines running back Chris Evans.
After a very impressive freshman campaign, the hype around the sophomore back was at an all-time high. In 2016, Evans averaged 7 yards per carry on 88 carries and had 87 receiving yards on 6 receptions. He also danced a Florida State defender out of his jock in the Orange Bowl:
Evans is the best receiver of Michigan’s running back trio, including junior Karan Higdon and redshirt senior Ty Isaac . And he could create matchup nightmares for opposing teams. A perfect example of this is in last week’s game against Rutgers, when freshman quarterback Brandon Peters found Evans in the end zone:
On this particular play, Rutgers defensive lineman Darnell Davis got matched up on Evans and got beat over the top. With the injuries to Tarik Black and Nick Eubanks, Michigan should look in its backfield to find more pass catchers.
When you are 88th in total offense with this good of a defense (top 10 nationally), there needs to be changes within the offense. Evans hasn’t been the home run-hitting back that Michigan fans expected this year, but Michigan should realize the special athlete that they have in Evans.
Pass-game coordinator Pep Hamilton could get creative and motion Evans out of the backfield and into the slot, or even outside the numbers.
Michigan needs to change something up to address the offensive struggles. The problems that the offense is facing this year is not entirely on the quarterback, despite what others say. Finding No. 12 in the air more often is one of the answers this struggling offense needs.