Running Backs: "I think we'll see all three."
"There is a good possibility that the three will share snaps all year -- we saw last year with Minnesota that a deliberate strategy of playing three backs of different types can hurt opponents."
"And the thing is, all three are different types of running backs."
"David Underwood (6-0, 228 lbs.) and Tim Bracken (5-10, 210 lbs.) are the most experienced -- David is a fourth year senior and Tim's a 5th year guy. Underwood is a hard runner, an up in the middle guy, but he does have the speed (he ran sub-4.4 40's in high school camps) to come out on the other side and go all the way. Bracken is quick and shifty, an outside guy. Jerome Jackson (5-11, 197 lbs.) is a good combo back -- both inside and outside."
"Each of the backs also has a weakness, a drawback. For Jerome Jackson, inexperience is the main drawback. And he isn't as fast as the other two. TIm Bracken also has not played much, due to being hurt with that bad leg fracture. And the main question with Bracken is: does he have the strength to make it through a year as a #1 back?"
"With Davd Underwood it's all in the mindset. He has had trouble fumbling in the past, and then he would get down. He has to be strong enough in the mind to overcome that. If David would get off to a good start -- that would be BIG for this team's offense, it would take a load off Gutierrez. So that is something to watch for, and to hope for: for things to get start off well for Underwood ... such as no fumbles in the first game."
"And Pierre Rembert (6-0, 214 lbs.) -- he will be heck of a special teams player if nothing else. And he's a strong student so he'll stick it out at Michigan -- that's my opinion. And he didn't dress for the Spring Game by the way because he was injured -- he was on the sidelines."
"As far as the incoming freshmen go, as I said on our radio show this past Sunday: I'll go out on a limb and predict that Max Martin (6-2, 216 lbs.) will be redshirted. It takes a special player or a critical team neeed for a freshman to play -- even Anthony Thomas played just a little bit his freshman year. Max Martin is big and smart, but he has a lot to learn. Remember, he was injured about half the time his senior year in high school, and he had injuries his junior year as well. So he does not have that much experience. In fact playing him this year could be a mistake for the future. Remember Walter Cross -- he played some as a freshman, costing him that year of eligibility, and then it turned out that Michigan could've really used him his 5th year."