Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley talks Chris Evans and De'Veon Smith, how he's handling four RB rotation.

Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley talks Chris Evans and De'Veon Smith, how he's handling four RB rotation.

Michigan's tailback options are aplenty heading into week three of the 2016 season.

Following the early emergence of freshman sensation Chris Evans to go along with incumbent starter De'Veon Smith, the depth at the position continues to improve by the game.

Add in Ty Isaac, Karan Higdon and the injured Drake Johnson, and the Wolverines run out a stable of running backs with very unique skill sets.

After putting together 119-yards on 41 carries, good for a 2.9 yard per carry average in the win over Central Florida, running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley isn't concerned.

"I was really flattered to tell you the truth," Wheatley said. "When you load the box like that and bring that many different pressures, it means we've done something. 

"We were doing something that was making people take notice. Most defensive coordinators through hell or high water, they will not let you be beat running the ball."

The end result was a 51-14 win for Michigan including over 300-yards and four touchdowns through the air from quarterback Wilton Speight.

With Evans and Smith earning the bulk of the carries at running back, Wheatley says both players bring different skill sets to the table for the Wolverines, causing him to alter his coaching style.

"Can't take anything away from (Smith), this guy breaks two or three tackles, stiff arms a guy, spins out of it and goes," Wheatley said. "But it would be very unfair for me to go back to Chris and say this is what you should do. That's not Chris' deal. 

"Chris can do some things that I look at Chris and say, well darn, De'Veon? No. It's unfair. This is what I tell them, I love each and every one of you where you are and what you are. I coach them individually, I can't coach them all like one."

Standing out more than most on the highlight tape thus far has been Evans, most notably for his breakaway speed.

The speed though, is not all that catches Wheatley's eye.

"He's like my Steph Curry in the room, meaning he can create his own space, win 1-on-1's," Wheatley said. "Most surprisingly and I said this earlier, I didn't realize how tough he was between the tackles. 

"That was one of my things coming in to see how could he run between the tackles, his toughness, his strength, he's surprisingly strong. Those are things I like, a guy with that type of mixture with strength and being able to make guys miss is a huge deal."

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