ANN ARBOR, Mich. — There’s nothing wrong with excess for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, especially when it comes to having a glut of productive skill players.
Speaking Monday at his weekly press conference, Harbaugh considered the situation his running backs are in. He and No. 4 Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) suddenly have four options at running back: De’Veon Smith, Karan Higdon, Chris Evans and Ty Isaac.
The quartet got 40 of Michigan’s 49 carries Saturday in the Wolverines’ 49-10 win against Penn State, with Smith and Higdon combining for 188 yards on 21 carries, including Smith’s 107 yards on 12 carries.
Michigan hosts No. 8 Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, and Harbaugh doesn’t believe that having to choose just one running back is an obstacle for him or for his staff.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen obstacles to having multiple players,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve looked at that as a good thing. If you took the ‘less is more’ philosophy, you might find an obstacle.”
With four running backs in the mix, Michigan had its highest rushing output of the season (326 yards) against Penn State.
Michigan’s running back corps could also regain the services of Drake Johnson, whom Harbaugh said sustained a soft tissue injury prior to Michigan’s season opener.
Harbaugh subscribes to a more optimistic philosophy.
“More is more,” the second-year Michigan coach said. “More good football players always seems better.”