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March 19, 2013Over the past five years, Rivals.com's 21 five-star running backs have averaged 528.9 yards per season as true freshmen, however, Michigan's four five-star ball carriers (since 1997) have averaged only 327.3 yards per player.
Thus, 10 players walked into situations where there was not a 1,000-yard (career) ball carrier on the roster, and in those situations, the first-year running backs averaged 262.6 yards or 375.1 among the seven that played as true freshmen.