Michigan tight ends coach Sherrone Moore is tasked with developing players at the position that are able to contribute as both playmakers and blockers in the run game, an area that he has seen his position group improve in quite a bit over the offseason.
But a position group that also contributes to pass blocking at times is the running backs. In Michigan’s case, freshman sensation Zach Charbonnet continues to draw praise for his work in that aspect of his game even in an outing where he was a yard shy of 99 total yards on the evening.
Moore has some incredibly high praise for Charbonnet’s game and compared him to someone that fans will wind up knowing pretty well.
“I’ve only ever seen one other freshman back block like that, and that was a guy I played with,” Moore said. “That was really impressive to watch that guy, 9-for-9 pickups. Go up and strike people, never back down, and know who to block with all the exotic pressures those guys threw out. That was extremely impressive. You can just tell by the way Zach carries himself, he’s all about his business, he’s very mature for his age, and obviously he’s a special talent.”
In the moment, Moore didn’t reveal who that back was until pressed again, to which it was revealed that the player he was referring to was former Oklahoma star Adrian Peterson, who of course would go on to being one of the most prolific rushers in NFL history and is still active heading into the 2019 season.
Peterson broke a ton of records his freshman season with 339 rush attempts for 1,925 yards and 15 touchdowns in his rookie year. It is incredibly lofty to expect Charbonnet to put up anything close to that, but the workmanlike aspect of his blocking and blitz pickup ability continues to draw praise early on in the 2019 season.
Here’s more from what Moore told the media on Wednesday afternoon, including the development on tight ends Sean McKeon and Nick Eubanks, what he is seeing out of freshman Erick All and more.
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