Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is just fine having several options in the backfield for the Wolverines.

Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is just fine having several options in the backfield for the Wolverines.

As many as seven players received a carry for Michigan in Saturday's primetime 14-13 loss at Iowa.

For the most part, four tailbacks have been called upon more than others as the season has drawn on.

To running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, decisions on who to rotate in or out continues to be a feel and situation method as much as possible.

"It doesn't present a challenge at all," Wheatley said. "What makes it easy is you have four guys to choose from. Whatever the defense is giving you, whatever the game flow is going, you go with that guy that has the hot hand. 

"Different guys play well against different defense so at the time we'll go with the guy who's doing well."

Against the Hawkeyes, it was the combo of Chris Evans and De'Veon Smith standing behind or beside Wilton Speight in the backfield as Evans received eight carries compared to Smith's 12

"Best way was productive," Wheatley said. "Certain games are for veteran backs. It was a penetrating front and Chris was able to hit some creases and go forward and be productive."

With varying personalities and responsibilities for each running back, keeping everyone happy could be an issue to most.

Wheatley however, doesn't see it that way.

"The room is great, the tone has been set in camp," Wheatley said. "They understand the goal at hand and the task is to win the Big Ten. Then hopefully from that point on that gold trophy."

"I love those guys, they're absolutely a treasure and a treat to coach and treasure to have."


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