Hassan Haskins cements standing as Michigan soccer’s No. 1 RB, injures pile up vs. Rutgers


Michigan soccer has rotated liberally at operating again this season.

However on Saturday, the Wolverines principally relied upon one participant: Hassan Haskins.

The redshirt sophomore dealt with 66% of his place group’s carries, dashing 22 instances for 110 yards and a landing in U-M’s 48-42 triple-overtime win at Rutgers.

“You speak about coronary heart, I believed all our gamers performed with nice expertise and coronary heart,” coach Jim Harbaugh stated. “The quantity of runs that Hassan had that have been yards after contact on this sport, powerful, environment friendly, excellent runs. Simply great.”

All through the offseason, the Wolverines stated they’d rotate amongst 4 operating backs in Haskins (the group’s second-leading rusher in 2019), Zach Charbonnet (the group’s prime rusher in 2019), Chris Evans and Blake Corum.


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Haskins entered the sport because the group’s main rusher on the season with 21 carries for 163 yards and three touchdowns by the primary 4 video games. Throughout that very same span, Corum had 19 carries for 38 yards and two touchdowns, Charbonnet had 13 carries for 98 yards and one landing and Evans had 11 carries for 34 yards and one rating.

Michigan Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins rushes for a touchdown in the first half against Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium, Oct. 24, 2020.
Michigan Wolverines operating again Hassan Haskins rushes for a landing within the first half in opposition to Minnesota at TCF Financial institution Stadium, Oct. 24, 2020.

In opposition to the Scarlet Knights, Haskins had extra carries than the opposite three backs mixed — and for good cause. He persistently created additional yardage by combating by defenders and was a giant cause why Michigan’s struggling run sport churned 148 dashing yards on 3.4 yards per carry.

Within the second half and additional time durations, Haskins ran for 95 yards, and scored the profitable landing by diving over the goal-line on fourth-and-goal at Rutgers’ 1.

Haskins stated after the sport he “kinda knew” that he would obtain extra carries Saturday primarily based on what number of carries he was receiving throughout observe. And along with his manufacturing, he’ll seemingly proceed to obtain a majority of the carries.

“I simply acquired into rhythm,” Haskins stated. “It was a superb factor, getting extra carries. Any carries, I’m good with. Twenty-two (carries), that’s a blessing.”

Michigan's Cameron McGrone (44) gestures to teammates as he is carted off the field after being injured during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Piscataway, N.J.
Michigan’s Cameron McGrone (44) gestures to teammates as he’s carted off the sphere after being injured through the first half of the group’s NCAA faculty soccer sport in opposition to Rutgers on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Piscataway, N.J.

Cam McGrone, Brad/ Hawkins damage

Michigan’s already wounded protection misplaced two extra starters Saturday when center linebacker Cameron McGrone and security Brad Hawkins left the sport and didn’t return.

McGrone’s harm may very well be vital, as he was carted off the sphere. Harbaugh didn’t have an replace for him after the sport and says an MRI can be performed.

The Wolverines went with former walk-on Adam Shibley as McGrone’s substitute, simply as they did in opposition to Michigan State when McGrone left that contest as a consequence of a separate harm. Shibley completed with 5 tackles, together with one sort out for loss, and earned reward from Harbaugh on a number of events.

“I believed Adam Shibley got here in and performed rather well,” Harbaugh stated. “He does a very good job of not overrunning the play and made a pair good tackles.”

Hawkins’ substitute, former walk-on Hunter Reynolds, additionally acquired a shoutout from Harbaugh after the sport. Reynolds recorded 4 tackles and made one of many larger defensive performs within the sport, breaking apart a would-be landing on third right down to pressure a field-goal try.

Michigan’s offensive line will get even youthful

The Wolverines have been with out each beginning offensive tackles of their earlier two video games. Each gamers missed Saturday’s sport — and there was additionally a 3rd absence alongside the offensive line, as beginning middle Andrew Vastardis didn’t play as a consequence of harm.

Michigan inserted redshirt freshman Zach Carpenter in Vastardis’ place. True freshman Zak Zinter made his third consecutive begin at proper guard, whereas redshirt freshman Karsen Barnhart did the identical at left sort out.

The offensive line did enable two sacks and quite a few pressures, and several other run performs have been blown up. On the identical time, the passing assault was efficient, particularly within the second half, and Michigan ran for over 100 yards for the primary time for the reason that Michigan State loss on Oct. 31.

“I believed there was some actually good play within the line,” Harbaugh stated. “There was only a time within the sport the place the road was coming off the ball in a manner that they hadn’t up till this level. There was a swap that actually flipped. Zach Carpenter, additionally a redshirt freshman, true freshman Zak Zinter, thought he flipped the swap in a manner that was great. And Karsen Barnhart, redshirt freshman.”

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