Bob Wojnowski, Angelique S. Chengelis and Matt Charboneau preview the Michigan vs. Wisconsin and Michigan State vs. Penn State games. The Detroit News
Ann Arbor – Michigan’s running game should get a boost when the Wolverines face Wisconsin on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Chris Evans, who has missed the last three games because of injury, went through warmups last week before the Maryland game, but appeared in street clothes on the sideline at the start.
Running backs coach Jay Harbaugh said Wednesday that Evans is “ready” to play.
“We’re expecting him to,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see what happens Saturday.”
Senior Karan Higdon has handled the bulk of the rushing with Evans out. Higdon has had 55 carries the last two games, including a career-most 30 at Northwestern. He leads the team with 582 rushing yards on 102 carries and has scored five touchdowns.
Higdon is ninth nationally and second in the Big Ten, averaging 116.4 yards a game, and has four 100-yard games in five games played. He missed the SMU game with injury and Evans got the start and had 18 carries for 85 yards.
With Evans out, fullback Ben Mason has had more opportunities, as well. Mason had five carries for 12 yards and a touchdown last week against Maryland and had a 15-yard catch, a career best. He scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half of the Nebraska game.