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96 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2014 FOOTBALL PREVIEW RB PLAYER BIOS POSITION COACH Fred Jackson has coached for 23 years with U-M as the program's man in charge of the running backs. He served six seasons as assistant head coach (1997-2002) and was associate head coach for five years (2003-07). He also served as the offensive coordinator from 1995-96. Under Jackson's tutelage, three Wolverine running backs have been selected in the first round of the NFL Draft — Tyrone Wheatley (17th overall pick in 1995), Tim Biakabutuka (eighth in 1996) and Chris Perry (26th in 2004). Jackson has coached 12 U-M backs that have gone on to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in a season. Jackson also coached five seasons at Wisconsin (1982- 86), serving as the Badgers' offensive coordinator, quar- terbacks coach and wide receivers coach during his years in Madison. He began his collegiate coaching career in the Mid- American Conference as offensive coordinator, quarter- backs coach and wide receivers coach at Toledo from 1979-81. RETURNING PLAYERS ROSS DOUGLAS • RB R-Fr. • Avon, Ohio Ht.: 5-10 • Wt.: 186 Career Highlights: Switched posi- tions from defensive back to running back before the 2014 spring practice period … Redshirted the 2013 season … Enrolled at Michigan in January 2013 and participated in spring practices. Prep: Attended Avon High School … Notched three interceptions as a senior … On offense, rushed for 1,363 yards and 24 touchdowns … Compiled 3,386 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns in his career … Played in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … Earned Associ- ated Press Division II All-Ohio first-team honors … Ranked a four-star recruit, the No. 14 player in Ohio, the No. 22 cornerback nationally and the No. 241 overall player in the land by Personal: Born Ross Trevoy Douglas on Dec. 3, 1994. DERRICK GREEN • RB So. • Richmond, Va. Ht.: 5-11 • Wt.: 227 Career Highlights: Appeared in all 13 games, including one start, in 2013 … Racked up 82 carries for 275 yards (3.2 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns … Made career debut in the season-opening game against Central Michigan, rush- ing 11 times for 58 yards and a score, including a season- long 30-yard run … Posted a season-high 19 carries for 79 yards at Northwestern. Prep: Rushed for 3,643 yards and 50 touchdowns dur- ing his final three seasons at Hermitage High School … Totaled 1,350 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior year, earning first-team all-state honors … Named a U.S. Army All-American … Ranked a five-star prospect, the No. 1 tail- back nationally and the No. 8 overall recruit in the country by Personal: Born Derrick Shaqueill Green on Feb. 21, 1994. Year GP/GS Att. Yds. Avg. TD 2013 13/1 82 265 3.2 2 Totals 13/1 82 265 3.2 2 JUSTICE HAYES • RB R-Jr. • Flint, Mich. Ht.: 5-10 • Wt.: 190 Career Highlights: Appeared in eight games, including one start, in 2013 … Tallied one carry for seven yards … Caught six passes for 40 yards (6.7 yards per reception) … Made first-career start in U-M's 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, catching three passes for 22 yards … Made career debut in 2012 as a reserve running back versus Massachusetts, carrying the ball three times for 19 yards and his first career touchdown … Did not see game action in 2011. Prep: Graduated from Grand Blanc Community High School … Rushed 380 times for 2,624 yards (6.9 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns during his career … Rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and posted more than 100 receiving yards and one touchdown, before injuring his wrist during the third game of his senior campaign … Car- ried the ball 175 times for 1,295 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns, and caught 19 passes for 208 yards (10.9 yards per reception), during his junior season … Listed as a four-star prospect, the No. 4 player in Michigan and the No. 85 recruit nationally by … Invited to the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Game as a senior. Personal: Born Justice Will Hayes on Nov. 24, 1992 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in general studies. Year GP/GS Att. Yds. Avg. TD 2012 6/0 18 83 4.6 1 2013 8/1 1 7 7.0 0 Totals 14/1 19 90 4.7 1 SIONE HOUMA • FB Jr. • Salt Lake City Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 240 Career Highlights: Appeared in all 13 games, making two starts, at full- back in 2013, while also contributing on special teams … Made first career start vs. Akron, catching his first career pass, a nine-yard reception … Appeared in 13 games on special teams and two games as reserve fullback in 2012 … Made a pair of special teams tackles and returned a kickoff for nine yards against Purdue. ROSTER No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Elig. Hometown (High School) 29 Ross Douglas RB 5-10 186 So. Fr. Avon, Ohio (Avon) 27 Derrick Green RB 5-11 227 So. So. Richmond, Va. (Hermitage) 5 Justice Hayes RB 5-10 190 Sr. Jr. Flint, Mich. (Grand Blanc Community) 39 Sione Houma FB 6-0 240 Jr. Jr. Salt Lake City (Highland) — Ty Isaac TB 6-3 225 So. So. Shorewood, Ill. Joliet Catholic Acad./USC) 20 Drake Johnson RB 6-0 212 Jr. So. Ann Arbor (Pioneer) 36 Joe Kerridge FB 6-0 247 Sr. Jr. Traverse City, Mich. (St. Francis) 33 Wyatt Shallman RB 6-3 243 So. Fr. Novi, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central) 4 De'Veon Smith RB 5-11 223 So. So. Warren, Ohio (Howland) 18 Antonio Whitfield RB 5-4 156 So. So. Canal Winchester, Ohio (Canal Winchester) Junior Sione Houma, who rushed for 2,001 yards during his final two prep seasons, brings "pop" and athleticism to the fullback position for U-M. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL 91-97.RBs.indd 96 6/19/14 12:12 PM

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