In 2013, De’Veon Smith was one of two extremely talented Michigan backs that rarely saw the field. However, this year, the 5’11”, 220-pound sophomore seems comfortable in his own skin and ready to lead the charge for the Wolverines, who haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher at running back since 2011 (Fitz Toussaint).
On Sunday, coach Brady Hoke tabbed Smith, along with redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson, as a top option.
During the interview, I open by asking Smith about his confidence level regarding teammates and himself. Later, we talk about coach Fred Jackson, who’s been in Ann Arbor since disco was cool (well, not that long, but you get the hint…), continuously shaping and reshaping a typically powerful corps of ball-carriers.
Smith said that teams “wish they had” a coach like Jackson, a certified staple of the Wolverines’ program.