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Tru Wilson officially Michigan’s No. 3 running back, and other notes from Big Ten teleconference

Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday Tru Wilson is his third-string running back behind Karan Higdon and Chris Evans.

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On Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference call, Michigan Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about former walk-on running back Tru Wilson and if he has done enough this preseason to be Michigan’s No. 3 running back.

Turns out, he has.

“(Wilson) has risen to No. 3,” Harbaugh said. “(He has) improved in every area. Pass-blocking, seeing the holes better, frame looks better, moving faster and quicker, stronger.”

Wilson is behind senior Karan Higdon and junior Chris Evans. The 5-foot-10, 202-pound junior from Warren has five games and one rushing yard to his name in his two seasons as a Wolverine, but it appears he will be relied on, in the early going at least, to get some carries when Evans and Higdon need a breather.

Odds are we will see him a bit under the lights against Notre Dame this Saturday.

Other notes from the teleconference

  • Harbaugh said Tarik Black “will be back” and “the best is yet to come.” He also said other receivers have made strides and improvements this offseason, and gave credit to wide receivers coach Jim McElwain for preparing the receivers.
  • Harbaugh said he “likes what I have” at wide receiver, and doesn’t believe any players will switch positions to fill the hole.
  • Besides his athletic ability, Harbaugh said what stands out most about Shea Patterson is his focus. Harbaugh also isn’t nervous at all to see what Patterson can do this Saturday. “Excited to see what (Shea) can do.”