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Kareem Walker, running back, Michigan

After spending a redshirt year getting his grades on track, Walker is poised to become a major force for the Wolverines this season.

Chris Evans is clearly the top running back for Michigan this year. However, there is some room for Walker to become quite useful if he can learn how to pass protect and distinguishes himself from Karan Higdon and Ty Isaac.

A big back, at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Walker isn’t a burner. But he is in no way a plodding running back who simply relies on power, either. He has quick feet and a sweet jump cut that allows him to quickly find and attack holes that open up even in tight quarters.

After getting his grades up in the fall, Walker impressed Michigan coaches during bowl game practices. He’s continued to impress throughout the spring and has the potential to become a relied-upon producer as a redshirt freshman.