2019 is going to be a very different year for the Michigan Wolverines, and not just because they don’t have to worry about playing against Urban Meyer at the end of the season. Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is going into his senior year and is expecting a big year from one of his younger teammates.
In an interview this past week transcribed via WolverinesWire, Patterson pointed to running back Christian Turner as a player he expects will really break out in 2019. He made it clear that he’s excited to see Turner back in the lineup after his performance against Florida at the end of last year.
Turner had been out for most of his freshman season on a redshirt, but saw action against Nebraska, Wisconsin and Florida. He finished the season with 20 carries for 95 yards, and one reception for another 16 yards.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Christian Turner come back after that Florida game, kinda make his debut for his first full year. It’s fun working out with him. He’s a different cat.”
Turner is poised for a big increase in his workload with several Michigan starters graduated and/or off to the NFL.
Coming out of high school in 2018, Turner was only a three-star prospect, but the No. 22 running back in the country per 247Sports.
Expect there to be a battle for the starting role, though. Turnerw is still going to have to fight for a starting role with fellow running backs Tru Wilson and Zach Charbonnet.
The Michigan Wolverines are set to begin spring practice on March 17.