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THE WOLVERINE 2014 FOOTBALL PREVIEW ■ 97 RB Prep: Rushed for 790 yards and eight touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score, as a senior at High- land High School … Rated a three-star recruit and the No. 5 fullback in the country by Personal: Born Sione Houma on June 21, 1994 … High school teammate of freshman defensive tackle Bryan Mone … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared. DRAKE JOHNSON • RB R-So. • Ann Arbor Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 212 Career Highlights: Named second- string running back before the 2013 season … Made career debut in the season-opening game against Central Michigan, but suffered an ACL injury in the game … Tallied two carries for nine yards prior to the injury … Did not see game action in 2012. Prep: The Ann Arbor Pioneer standout finished just 95 yards short of the state single-season rushing record with 2,805 yards as a senior … Also caught five passes for 85 yards (17.0 yards per reception) and a score … A 2011 Asso- ciated Press All-State selection … Named to both the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team and Detroit News Blue Chip List … A three-star recruit according to … Three- time Division l state champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Personal: Born Drake Johnson on March 8, 1994 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared. JOE KERRIDGE • FB R-Jr. • Traverse City, Mich. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 247 Career Highlights: Appeared in all 13 games, making seven starts, at fullback in 2013 … Also contributed on special teams … Tallied one carry for three yards and five catches for 25 yards … Academic All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2012 and 2013 … Played in 11 games in 2012 … Posted first career reception against Nebraska … Redshirted in 2011. Prep: A three-year letter winner for St. Francis High School … Rushed for 2,153 yards and 34 touchdowns in his prep career en route to earning Associated Press All-State honorable mention recognition in 2009 … Was named a Detroit Free Press All-State punter in 2008. Personal: Born Joseph Kerridge on Sept. 17, 1992 … Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, major undeclared. WYATT SHALLMAN • RB R-Fr. • Novi, Mich. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 243 Career Highlights: Redshirted in 2013. Prep: Three-year starter at running back and along the defensive line for Detroit Catholic Central … Played primarily on defense in an injury- plagued senior year, recording 66 hits with 14 for losses … Ranked as a four-star prospect, the No. 6 player in the state of Michigan and the No. 18 athlete nationally by … Listed as the No. 136 player in the country by Personal: Born Wyatt Christopher Shallman on Aug. 31, 1994 … Father, John, played football at Grand Valley State. DE'VEON SMITH • RB So. • Warren, Ohio Ht.: 5-11 • Wt.: 223 Career Highlights: Appeared in four games as a reserve running back … Tallied 22 carries for 110 yards (5.0 yards per rush) … Made career debut in the season-opening win over Cen- tral Michigan, with seven carries for 12 yards … Racked up eight rushes for 41 yards at Northwestern … Tacked on seven carries for 57 yards against Ohio State. Prep: A four-year starter for Howland High School … Finished his career with a Trumbull County-record 6,750 yards rushing … Scored 82 touchdowns … Accumulated 1,883 yards and 27 scores on 167 carries in his senior year en route to being named the Associated Press Ohio Divi- sion II Offensive Player of the Year … Ranked a three-star prospect, the No. 26 player in Ohio and the No. 37 running back nationally by Personal: Born De'Veon Le'trell Smith on Nov. 8, 1994. Year GP/GS Att. Yds. Avg. TD 2013 4/0 22 110 5.0 0 Totals 4/0 22 110 5.0 0 ANTONIO WHITFIELD • RB So. • Canal Winchester, Ohio Ht.: 5-4 • Wt.: 156 Career Highlights: Walked onto the football team after his freshman season on the men's track and field team … Posted a personal-best time of 6.97 seconds in the 60-meter dash and 11.11 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Prep: Attended Canal Winchester High School. Personal: Born Antonio Whitfield. NEWCOMERS TY ISAAC • RB So. • Shorewood, Ill. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 225 Career Highlights: Transferred to Michigan from USC this offseason … Petitioning the NCAA to allow him to play this season, foregoing the usual one-year transfer rule, because he wanted to be closer to his ailing mother … Appeared in all 14 games for the Trojans in 2013 … Tallied 40 carries for 236 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns … Added four catches for 57 yards … Had a career day at Cal, with 11 carries for 87 yards and two scores. Prep: A four-year starter for Joliet Catholic Academy, racking up 5,305 total rushing yards during his career … Totaled 1,500 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as a se- nior, despite missing several games to injury … Registered 2,490 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior, includ- ing 376 yards in the 2011 Class 1A Illinois state champion- ship game, a title-game record … Earned Illinois Football Coaches Association first-team All-State honors as a senior … Named a USA Today second-team All-American, an ES- first-team Junior All-American and the Chicago Sun-Times Player Of The Year as a junior. Personal: Born Ty Isaac on Oct. 16, 1994. Redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson opened last season as the Wolverines' No. 2 back, but he carried only twice for nine yards before tearing his ACL on special teams in the opener. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN 91-97.RBs.indd 97 6/19/14 12:13 PM

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