Brandon Minor is anything but Minor. He stands 6-feet-1 and weighs 214 pounds. In his three years at Michigan, he has been held to under 300 carries, due to the success of RB Mike Hart.
2008 would have been the year Minor shined, but instead of him starting, hyped up true freshman Sam McGuffie started at running back for most of the first half of the season.
McGuffie had one "good" game, against Notre Dame, and you could call his 105 yards against Toledo good if you want to. Toward the end of the season, Minor was given his chance at halfback.
His first impact game was against Penn State. I say impact because this was the first game were he carried the ball more than four times. Minor took advantage of the opportunity, rushing for 117 yards on 17 carries for two TDs.
This performance opened some eyes. For the rest of the season after his breakout game, he did not receive fewer than 14 carries a game.
His best performance was Michigan's close battle with Purdue. Minor ran the ball 25 times, for 155 yards, and three scores.
He did not have a game under 50 yards rushing for the remainder of the season, and stated a case for himself as starter in 2009.
Recently, Sam McGuffie transferred from Michigan, leaving the door wide open for Minor, who is almost a lock for the starting running back next season.
I think that with more playing time, Minor will become better, and with a chance to play on a regular basis in 2009, he can have a breakout season. A revamped O-line will create better running lanes, and Minor can use his athletic ability to take advantage.
Minor is going to have an amazing year, and fix the Wolverines' major problems with Minor solutions.
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