U-M recruiting has tailed off at tailback

Given history at key position, Wolverines haven't landed top 10 back sinced 2006

Updated: November 9, 2011, 7:16 PM ET
By Tom VanHaaren | WolverineNation
A strong, reliable, hard-working running back has been a staple of all good Michigan teams in the past. When you think of Michigan running backs you think of athletes with the complete package.

You think of Tyrone Wheatley sprinting down the field, Mike Hart breaking tackles he never should have been able to break, or Tim Biakabutuka rushing for 313 yards against Ohio State. Whichever back comes to mind, he undoubtedly was a large part of Michigan's past success.
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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesMike Hart always showed plenty of heart, as well as an uncanny ability to break tackles for a small back.
"You had to be a tough guy, because everything at Michigan was black and white," former Michigan running back Ricky Powers said. "You had to know that Michigan was recruiting the best running backs, and if you didn't believe you were the best, there was someone else there that thought they were."