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Will Karan Higdon be Michigan’s first 1,000-yard running back since 2011?

He’s been fantastic for the Wolverines, but will he reach 1,000 rushing yards in 2017?

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Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson ran for at least 1,000 yards from 2010-12, but the last Michigan running back to rush for at least 1,000 yards in one season was Fitzgerald Toussaint back in 2011 with 1,041 yards.

Michigan may have its first 1,000-yard rusher by a running back since Toussaint in the form of Karan Higdon.

The junior has been a revelation for the Wolverines’ rushing attack this year. In his last four games, Higdon has carried the ball 74 times for 603 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. That is insane considering he was the third running back in the game in the opener against Florida, and also in the shadow of preseason hype machine Chris Evans.

In all nine games played this season, Higdon has 804 rushing yards on 119 carries, good for 6.75 yards per carry. Again, he has been awesome.

Land of 10 even wrote this after the Florida game, and I honestly cannot blame them for writing it. It did not appear Michigan would have a 1,000-yard rusher this season, or for the foreseeable future. But now I believe Higdon has a really good chance to do it.

Michigan’s last three opponents — at Maryland, at Wisconsin, vs. Ohio State — have the 11th, 2nd and 6th rushing defenses in the Big Ten. Maryland gives up, on average, 174.8 rushing yards per game, so it isn’t crazy to think Higdon could get to 1,000 rushing yards next weekend.

But if he doesn’t, he will have two tougher challenges at Wisconsin and at home against Ohio State. Wisconsin has given up just three rushing touchdowns all season and gives up just 87.8 rushing yards on average, and anything can happen in The Game.

At the end of the day, I think he gets it. I have been a big fan of Higdon’s since last season and I think he can get it with the way he fights for extra yardage and doesn’t go down easily.

Now it’s your turn. Sound off in our comments and be sure to vote in the poll below.


Will Higdon reach 1,000 yards rushing in 2017?

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