Rawls finds role as power back

October, 16, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Thomas Rawls is not supplanting Fitzgerald Toussaint as Michigan’s starting running back.

He is, though, beginning to carve out more of a role in the Wolverines offense. A day after Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he would feel more comfortable now than before juggling the running back rotation if Toussaint was ineffective, offensive coordinator Al Borges gave an idea of what Rawls’ role could be.

Short yardage. Goal line. Anything that essentially requires a running back to run over a defender.

“Yeah, he’ll do some of that,” Borges said. “Just playing out in the field, he’s a physical guy and always has been. So yeah, we’ll use him in some short-yardage situations.

“But we are going to use him all over the place. He’s not restricted to just that and I think the team likes that, the physical nature of his running style.”

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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