Michigan Football Preview 2013

2013 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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RB Redshirt sophomore Joe Kerridge, who saw action in 11 games in 2012, projects to be Michigan's starting fullback this fall. photo by per kjeldsen Prep: The Ann Arbor Pioneer standout finished just 95 yards short of the state single-season rushing record with 2,805 yards as a senior … Also caught five passes for 85 yards (17.0 yards per reception) and a score … A 2011 Associated Press All-State selection … Named to both the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team and Detroit News Blue Chip List … A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com … Threetime Division l state champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Personal: Born Drake Johnson on March 8, 1994. Joe Kerridge • FB R-So. • Traverse City, Mich. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 241 Career Highlights: Academic AllBig Ten as a sophomore in 2012 … Played in 11 games last fall … Posted first career reception against Nebraska … Redshirted in 2011. Prep: A three-year letter winner for St. Francis High School … Rushed for 2,153 yards and 34 touchdowns in his prep career en route to earning Associated Press All-State honorable mention recognition in 2009 … Was named a Detroit Free Press All-State punter in 2008. Personal: Born Joseph Kerridge on Sept. 17, 1992 … Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, major undeclared. Dennis Norfleet• TB So. • Detroit Ht.: 5-7 • Wt.: 168 Career Highlights: Appeared in 13 games on special teams and two as a reserve running back in 2012 … Rushed two times for 13 yards and had 35 kick returns for 827 yards (23.6 yards per attempt) … Named to BTN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team and Phil Steele's postseason All-Big Ten second team … Returned three kickoffs for 76 yards, including a career-best 38-yard return, against Purdue … Tallied a career-best 42-yard punt return versus Illinois. Prep: Ran for 2,033 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior in 2011 … Rushed for 1,880 yards and 31 scores as a junior in 2010 … Listed as a four-star recruit and the No. 6 player in Michigan by Rivals.com, and was named to the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team. Personal: Born Dennis Norfleet on Feb. 8, 1993. Thomas Rawls • TB Jr. • Flint, Mich. Ht.: 5-10 • Wt.: 217 Career Highlights: Appeared in eight games as a reserve running back in 2012 … Rushed 57 times for 242 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns … Rushed nine times for a career-high 90 yards, including career-best 63-yard touchdown run, against Illinois … Played in 10 games, including four as a reserve running back in 2011 … Carried the ball 13 times for 79 yards (6.1 yards per carry). Prep: Starred at Flint Northern High School under Fred Jackson Jr., the son of U-M running backs coach Fred Jackson … Carried the ball 150 times for 1,585 yards (10.6 yards per carry) and 19 scores as a senior … Rambled for a school-record 396 yards against Bay City Central in September 2010 … Recorded 101 tackles in his junior year … Rated a three-star recruit and the No. 19 overall player in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com … Ranked as the No. 39 player in the state on the Detroit News Blue Chip list … Listed as the 15th-best player in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press … Garnered all-state honorable mention, all-conference and all-city recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior. Personal: Born Thomas Rawls on Aug. 3, 1993 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared. Fitzgerald Toussaint • TB 5th-Sr. • Youngstown, Ohio Ht.: 5-10 • Wt.: 200 Career Highlights: Enters 2013 with 325 carries for 1,642 yards (5.1 yards per rush) and 15 scores in 28 career games … Played in 10 games last year before suffering a 94  ■  The Wolverine 2013 Football Preview season-ending leg injury versus Iowa in November … Finished with 130 carries for 514 yards (4.0 yards per attempt) and five touchdowns, and caught six passes for 62 yards and a score … Was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection as a redshirt sophomore in 2011 after becoming the 31st U-M player to break the 1,000-yard single-season rushing mark … Appeared in 12 games (11 starts), rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns on 187 carries (5.6 yards per rush), and had six receptions for 28 yards and a score … Rushed for a career-high 192 yards on 27 carries against Illinois (7.1 yards per attempt) … Earned first varsity letter in 2010, appearing in six games … Redshirted in 2009. Prep: A four-star prospect, the No. 8 all-purpose back in the country, the No. 14 player in Ohio and the No. 239 prospect nationally according to Rivals.com … Rushed for 4,690 yards and 65 scores in his prep career at Liberty High School … Registered three straight 1,000-yard seasons and finished his senior campaign with 2,239 yards and 28 touchdowns … Ohio Division III Co-Offensive Player of the Year and the Youngstown Vindicator Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. Personal: Born Fitzgerald D'Andre Toussaint on May 4, 1990 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in Afro-American and African studies. Year GP/GSAtt. Yds. Avg. TD 2010 6/0 8 8710.9 1 2011 12/111871,041 5.6 9 2012 10/8 130 514 3.9 5 Totals28/273251,642 3.5 15 Newcomers Derrick Green • TB Fr. • Richmond, Va. Ht.: 5-11 • Wt.: 220 Prep: Rushed for 3,643 yards and 50 touchdowns during his final three seasons at Hermitage High School … Totaled 1,350 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior year, earning first-team all-state honors … Named a U.S. Army All-American … Ranked a five-star prospect, the No. 1 tailback nationally and the No. 8 overall recruit in the country according to Rivals.com. Personal: Born Derrick Shaqueill Green on Feb. 21, 1994. Wyatt Shallman • RB Fr. • Novi, Mich. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 245 Prep: Three-year starter at running back and along the defensive line for Detroit Catholic Central … Rushed for 406 yards and eight touchdowns on 59 carries … Recorded 98 tackles, including 20 for loss and seven sacks … Ranked as a four-star prospect, the No. 6 player in the state of Michigan and the No. 18 athlete nationally by Rivals.com … Listed as the No. 136 player in the country by MaxPreps.com. Personal: Born Wyatt Christopher Shallman on Aug. 31, 1994 … Father, John, played football at Grand Valley State. DeVeon Smith • TB Fr. • Warren, Ohio Ht.: 5-11 • Wt.: 218 Prep: A four-year starter for Howland High School … Finished his career with a Trumbull County-record 6,750 yards rushing … Scored 82 touchdowns … Accumulated 1,883 yards and 27 scores on 167 carries in his senior year en route to being named the Associated Press Ohio Division II Offensive Player of the Year … Ranked a three-star prospect, the No. 26 player in Ohio and the No. 37 running back nationally by Rivals.com. Personal: Born DeVeon Le'trell Smith on Nov. 8, 1994.

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