Jim Harbaugh hasn’t decided on starting running back


A lot can change in a month and so far the starting job for the running back position has with Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh. Back in July during the Big Ten Media Days, Harbaugh was on BTN Live where he subtly said who was the starting running back for Week One.

“Tru Wilson is our starter,” Harbaugh had said. “He was our second-leading back last year and did a great job.”

Now as the Wolverines start preparing for their first game of the season this week against Middle Tennessee, Harbaugh doesn’t have the same stance as he did back in July. Meeting with reporters today, Harbaugh said that no decision has been made yet on the starting running back position.

“I haven’t decided yet,” was Harbaugh’s simple response when asked who would be the first player out of the gates at tailback.

Obviously this was before fall camp and it was something that was said in July. Things can usually change in August as the season approaches, given that the players find themselves in direct competition. The race for the starting job seems to be between Wilson, freshman Zach Charbonnet, Christian Turner, Ben VanSumeren and Hassan Haskins.

A five-person race can lead to some good competition and close battles, but right now it seems though that Wilson could be the front-runner. With Harbaugh backing off on his comments from last month though, he still could have been beaten out by another back.

We might get a confirmation of who starts later in the week, but as of right now we won’t know who will until kickoff on Saturday night.

The Wolverines host Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7:30PM in Ann Arbor.

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