Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno explains the Wolverines theory behind a four running back rotation.

Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno explains the Wolverines theory behind a four running back rotation.

The pulse of Michigan's rushing attack can be found in it's balance.

Four running backs have carried the football at least 35 times this season for the Wolverines.

For Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, there's a potential method to the Wolverines madness.

"We love just kind of spreading it around to different guys," Drevno said Wednesday. "And it helps them for the national football league. I really believe in the NFL you don't want to take a guy that has a bunch of carries, they want a guy that's a little bit fresher. 

"They want to be able to get to that level and play at a high, productive level. I think it helps them. You don't want to hand off to a guy that's had a bunch of carries that's taking all of those hits."

This mind set reflects a little bit of a different approach from a Jim Harbaugh coached team.

At Stanford, Toby Gerhart carried the football 343 times in his senior season. With the Cardinal, Drevno noted due to the type of player Gerhart was and the depth behind him, the massive amount of carries was necessary.

Part of the reason for the change at Michigan stems from Drevno's stint with the San Francisco 49ers.

"I think just coaching in the NFL you have a better understanding when you sit in those draft meetings, you understand what those general managers and scouts are looking for when you hear them talk," Drevno said. 

"Then you see how important at that level is to have an appreciation and awareness of he health of everyone."


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