Both freshmen running backs Kareem Walker and Kingston Davis were able to early enroll at Michigan in the spring.
Fortunately for the Wolverines, both won't need to be heavily relied upon during their true freshman seasons. However, the coaching has proved in the past that its not afraid to play true freshman if they have earned their playing time in practice.
For running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, he appreciates the competitiveness of both Walker and Davis despite only being freshman and being around a college program for a short time.
"First and foremost what has me encouraged about those two is that they are competitors," Wheatley said. "I think that's where you have to start off and the willingness to compete. That's what you like to see. Competition, the willingness to compete and the thrive to get better. That's what I like from those two, they've shown that. Constantly, over and over, they've showed that. They're freshmen, they're not making that a built-in excuse, they still have some things to learn, some things to catch up on but just with those things, the willingness to compete and the willingness to get better, I think that's a great place to start."
For an incoming freshman running back, they have to learn things they haven't experienced at the high school level, which also goes without saying.
Wheatley says it was overwhelming for his two running backs at first, but they both have proved to be quick studies and have been working every day to get better.
"All of those little details are starting to come in," Wheatley said. "Was it overwhelming at first? Yes it was but each and every day they understood it, they took it in and embraced it. Those are some of things they worked hard on over the summer, watching film and doing those types of deals to be a better back. They've also put themselves in a position to compete.