Michigan was without its starting running back ?Karan Higdon last week against SMU. Late in the second half, Chris Evans, who splits carries with Higdon, headed back to the locker room following an injury.
Heading into Saturday?s Big Ten opener against Nebraska, the return of both running back starters was questionable. Both injuries have been disclosed, though Jim Harbaugh has made it seem like nothing season-threatening nor long term.
On Wednesday in Schmebechler Hall, running backs coach Jay Harbaugh cleared the air on the status of his two leaders in the position group.
Jay Harbaugh ?expects? Higdon and Evans to be available Saturday
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With Harbaugh relaying the message, that should ease the nerves of Michigan fans who have already experienced a visit from the injury bug. The Wolverines are already without two would-be impact sophomores in WR Tarik Black and DT Aubrey Solomon, though both are expected back before season?s end.
Having the duo back is pivotal in the game but also in leadership as Higdon & Evans are two of few offensive starters in their third year with the offense. Higdon especially, as a senior offensive captain.
Michigan hosts Nebraska Saturday at noon EST in Ann Arbor.