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Michigan football: freshman running back standing out during spring ball

Michigan football has a rising star at running back during spring practice.



Michigan football freshman running back, Benjamin Hall, spring ball
Apr 2, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Donovan Edwards (7) rushes during the Spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, MI — This weekend, Michigan fans will get their first look at the new and improved Wolverine football team. We are a few weeks into spring ball now, and so far, there has been a Michigan football freshman running back that has stood out to many ahead of the 2023 season this fall. If the Wolverines want to keep playing ‘Har-ball’ and winning Big Ten titles with toughness, Michigan needs Benjamin Hall to continue developing throughout the offseason and into the years that follow.

A Michigan football freshman running back is standing out during spring ball

Unless you follow the Wolverines’ recruiting efforts closely, there is a good chance that you have not heard of Michigan football freshman running back Benjamin hall… yet. Benjamin Hall is a member of Michigan’s most recent recruiting class (2023) and came to Ann Arbor from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, GA, as a three-star running back. According to the 247 Sports composite rankings, new Michigan football freshman running back Benjamin Hall was rated as the No. 782 player in the 2023 class, the No. 55 running back in his class, and the No. 79 player in the state of Georgia.

Despite being one of the lower-ranked players in the 2023 class, Jim Harbaugh’s elite eye for underrated talent never ceases to amaze, and it sounds like Hall is starting to catch the eyes of many during spring practice. Here is what USA Today’s Wolverines Wire had to say about Hall and his spring practice performance thus far:

We’ve heard a few times about how Hall has made a strong impression this spring, breaking some runs and doing so with power. What makes him a likely riser in spring, despite being a freshman is two-fold: Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards are out/limited due to their injury recoveries, and Michigan needs a back that can run with the power he does. Kalel Mullings is still working with the tailbacks and should be more of a factor this year, but if Hall, who wasn’t highly regarded by fans as a recruit, could be that bruiser, it would bode well for the maize and blue.

And all accounts are that he’s making the most of his opportunities this spring.

The Wolverines have a tradition of recruiting and developing elite RB talent — Hassan Haskins, Blake Corum, and Donovan Edwards are all perfect examples of this from the past two seasons alone. After the 2023 season, Jim Harbaugh and his staff will need to find a replacement for Blake Corum (and likely Donovan Edwards, too), and could have a rising candidate to do so in Michigan football freshman running back Benjamin Hall.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.