Chris Evans sidelined by academic issues
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

With Karan Higdon using up his eligibility, primary backup Chris Evans was expected to inherit the starting running back job going forward, but that probability took a possible hit on Tuesday with news that junior was experiencing academic problems.

Michigan issued a statement that Evans is not currently on the team, failing to provide further context. Evans himself explained the issue in a post on Twitter, leaving open the possibility for return.

Evans rushed for over 600 yards in each of his first two season, gaining only 423 yards as a junior last fall, in part due to a leg injury suffered at the conclusion of non-conference play. In his career, he’s carried the ball 304 times for 1,722 yards and 14 touchdowns.

If he is unable to regain good standing in the classroom, the Wolverines will have a handful of options. Former walk-on Tru Wilson saw extensive action last fall after Evans went down, carrying the ball 62 times for 364 yards. True freshman Christian Turner also saw action against Nebraska, Wisconsin and Florida, carrying the ball 20 times for 95 yards.

The Wolverines could also look at freshman Hassan Haskins at the position in the spring, possibly moving him back from linebacker. Michigan will also welcome incoming freshman Zach Charbonnet into the fold as one of the highest rated prospects in the nation and a potential early contributor.
 
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