Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh tossed in 17 true freshmen during the 63-3 win over Hawaii on Saturday.
“It’s been coming for weeks now,” Harbaugh said. “The last three weeks there was seven-to-eight that really earned it and knew that they were going to be in the two-deep. Less than a week later, I thought that number was up to 10. Then another week and it was up again and then finally I said it would be 17-20 when it’s all said and done with the way its going. They’ve earned it.”
Devin Bush, Rashan Gary, Khaleke Hudson, Eddie McDoom, Chris Evans, Ben Bredeson, Devin Asiasi, David Long, Jose Uche, Michael Dwumfour, Kekoa Crawford, Sean McKeon, Michael Onwenu, Lavert Hill, Carl Myers, Josh Metellus and Kingston Davis got time on the field.
Evans quickly made a name for himself, as the running back took off eight times for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
“I knew Chris Evans was special,” Harbaugh said. “What you saw today was what we have seen in practice for the last month. He is a special football player, but you really didn’t get to see everything he can do. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can line up as a receiver, we will see that in the near future, he can play as a punt returner and a kick returner. He is a very special player.
“I expect big things going forward. He can do everything you would want a back to do. He blocks, he runs the ball between the tackles, he can run on the edge, he can catch the ball out of the backfield and he is a very good contributor on special teams. In a lot of ways, he will be used.”
McDoom carried the ball twice for 34 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards. Davis had two rushes for 17 yards.
Gary, the 2016 No. 1 prospect, made three tackles, of which one was a solo tackle. Bush made two tackles and Hudson made one. Dwumfour made two tackles and one for a loss. Hill had a pass breakup, while Uche had a quarterback hit.