Michigan Football Preview 2015

2015 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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THE WOLVERINE 2015 FOOTBALL PREVIEW ■ 67 RUNNING BACKS PLAYER BIOS POSITION COACH Tyrone Wheatley begins his first year as a Michigan assistant coach, returning to the pro- gram in which he starred as a tailback in the early 1990s. Wheatley most re- cently served as running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2013-14. Prior to that, he coached college football at Syracuse (2010-12), Eastern Michi- gan (2009) and Ohio Northern (2008). Wheatley coached Syracuse's Delone Carter to a 1,000-yard season in 2010. Wheatley played for the Wolverines from 1991-94, fin- ishing as the second-leading ground gainer (now fifth) in modern Michigan football history, with 4,187 yards. He earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1992, as well as garnering notice as a track All-American in the 110-meter hurdles in 1995. Wheatley also played 10 seasons in the NFL, with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders, before turning to coaching. RETURNING PLAYERS DERRICK GREEN • RB Jr. • Richmond, Va. Ht.: 5-11 • Wt.: 234 Career Highlights: Star ted six games for the Wolverines in 2014, car- rying 82 times for 471 yards and three touchdowns, prior to a season-ending shoulder injury … Stood fifth in the Big Ten in rushing before the injury … Rushed for a career- high 170 yards and one touchdown in the season opener against Appalachian State … Appeared in all 13 games, including one start, in 2013 … Racked up 82 carries for 275 yards (3.2 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns … Made career debut in the season-opening game against Central Michigan, rushing 11 times for 58 yards and a score, including a season-long 30-yard run … Posted a season- high 19 carries for 79 yards at Northwestern. 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-Ameri- can … Ranked a five-star prospect, the No. 1 tailback nation- ally and the No. 8 overall recruit in the country by Rivals.com. Personal: Born Derrick Shaqueill Green on Feb. 21, 1994. Year GP/GS Att. Yds. Avg. TD 2013 13/1 83 265 3.3 2 2014 6/6 82 471 5.7 3 Totals 19/7 165 736 4.5 5 BOBBY HENDERSON • FB R-Jr. • Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Ht. 5-11 • Wt. 240 Career Highlights: Made collegiate debut at Michigan State in 2013 … Redshirted in 2012. Prep: Lettered for three seasons at John Jay High School … Earned first- team all-conference and all-district honors as a running back his final two seasons. Personal: Born Robert Douglas Henderson on Oct. 18, 1993 … Enrolled in the School of Information, majoring in science and information. SIONE HOUMA • FB Sr. • Salt Lake City Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 240 Career Highlights: Played in all 12 games in 2014 … Recorded a pair of tackles on special teams, including one against Notre Dame … Appeared in all 13 games, making two starts, at fullback in 2013, while also contributing on special teams … Made first career start vs. Akron, catching his first career pass, a nine-yard reception … Appeared in 13 contests on special teams and two games as a reserve fullback in 2012 … Made a pair of special teams tackles and returned a kickoff for nine yards against Purdue. Prep: Rushed for 790 yards and eight touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score, as a senior at High- land High School … Rated a three-star recruit and the No. 5 fullback in the country by Rivals.com. Personal: Born Sione Houma on June 21, 1994 … High school teammate of sophomore defensive tackle Bryan Mone … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. TY ISAAC • RB R-So. • Shorewood, Ill. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 240 Career Highlights: Practiced all year with the Wolverines in 2014, sit- ting out the season via NCAA transfer rules … Transferred to Michigan from USC in the offseason, prior to 2014 … Appeared in all 14 games for the Trojans in 2013 … Tallied 40 carries for 236 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns … Added four catches for 57 yards … Had a career day at Cal, with 11 carries for 87 yards and two scores. Prep: A four-year starter for Joliet Catholic Academy, racking up 5,305 rushing yards during his career … Totaled 1,500 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior, de- spite missing several games to injury … Registered 2,490 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior, including 376 yards in the 2011 Class 1A Illinois state champion- ship game, a title-game record … Earned Illinois Football Coaches Association first-team All-State honors as a senior … Named a USA Today second-team All-American, an ES- PNHS.com first-team Junior All-American and the Chicago Sun-Times Player Of The Year as a junior. Personal: Born Ty Isaac on Oct. 16, 1994 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. DRAKE JOHNSON • RB R-Jr. • Ann Arbor Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 207 Career Highlights: Appeared in 12 games for the Wolverines in 2014, making two starts … Rushed 60 times for 361 yards and four touchdowns … Named second-string running back before the 2013 season … Made career debut in the season-opening game against Central Michigan, but suffered an ACL injury in the game … Tallied two carries for nine yards prior to the injury … Did not see game ac- tion in 2012. 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 … Three-time Division l state champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Personal: Born Drake Johnson on March 8, 1994 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. JOE KERRIDGE • FB 5th-Sr • Traverse City, Mich. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 249 Career Highlights: Played in 12 games, with three starts, in 2014 … Earned three carries for 56 yards and caught six passes for 53 yards … Ap- peared in all 13 games, making seven starts, at fullback in 2013 … Also contributed on special teams … Tallied one carry for three yards and five catches for 25 yards … Academic All-Big Ten in 2012 and 2013 … Played in 11 games in 2012 … 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. BRADY PALLANTE • FB R-Fr. • Naples, Fla. Ht. 6-0 • Wt. 276 Career Highlights: Has yet to see game action. Prep: Recorded 42 tackles, includ- ing a sack, and recovered a fumble at Barron Collier High School as a senior … Won the Florida Class 2A state championship as a heavy- weight wrestler as a junior. Personal: Born Brady Pallante on Feb. 20, 1996 … En- rolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. ROSTER No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Elig. Hometown (High School) 27 Derrick Green RB 5-11 234 Jr. Jr. Richmond, Va. (Hermitage) 37 Bobby Henderson FB 5-11 240 Sr. Jr. Hopewell Junction, N.Y. — Karan Higdon RB 5-10 190 Fr. Fr. Sarasota, Fla. 39 Sione Houma FB 6-0 240 Sr. Sr. Salt Lake City (Highland) 32 Ty Isaac TB 6-3 240 Jr. So. Shorewood, Ill. Joliet Catholic Acad./USC) 20 Drake Johnson RB 6-0 207 Sr. Jr. Ann Arbor (Pioneer) 36 Joe Kerridge FB 6-0 249 5th Sr. Traverse City, Mich. (St. Francis) 45 Brady Pallante FB 6-0 276 So Fr. Naples, Fla. 33 Wyatt Shallman RB 6-3 244 Jr. So. Novi, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central) 4 De'Veon Smith RB 5-11 228 Jr. Jr. Warren, Ohio (Howland) 38 Nick Volk FB 5-10 238 So. Fr. Frankenmuth, Mich. 18 Antonio Whitfield RB 5-4 160 Jr. Jr. Canal Winchester, Ohio (Canal Winchester)

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