Harbaugh on RB rotation: 'More is more'

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's philosophy on his running back rotation: "more is more."

Never shy to throw out a catch phrase, Jim Harbaugh subscribes to a certain philosophy when it comes to his running back stable: more is more.

How so? Well, after running for a combined 326 yards against Penn State -- the most rushing yards in Harbaugh’s tenure at U-M -- Michigan has shown it has the luxury of not having to rely on just one back.

“All four running backs have really shown that they belong,” Harbaugh said. “They can make plays and deserve to be out there getting playing time.”

Through No. 4 Michigan’s (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) first four games, Harbaugh has rotated De’Veon Smith (259 rushing yards, 2 TD), Chis Evans (213, 3 TD) Ty Isaac (150, 2TD) and , Karan Higdon (145, 3 TD), as  all four runners rushed for a score against PSU on Saturday. 

Though, Harbaugh admits, he’s never had a four-man rotation like this before.

“I don’t know, something similar, but not quite four,” Harbaugh said, shaking his head in thought.

However, he doesn’t think having four good backs in his rotation is a bad thing.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen obstacles in multiple good players,” Harbaugh said. “I always looked at that as a good thing. I guess if you took the ‘less is more’ philosophy in life, then you might be able to find an obstacle there. I’ve always subscribed to ‘more is more,’ more always seems better. More good football players always seems better.”

Having more backs getting reps, Harbaugh says, only makes his team get better.

“That was brought up the first week, rhythm and getting somebody in the groove, I suppose that would be it, less is more – it comes back to that, “ Harbaugh said. “Just back to, more good football players is a stronger team.”

No. 4 Michigan plays host to No. 8 Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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