Remember when Rich Rod took over in Ann Arbor and people kept saying things like “This isn’t your father’s Michigan”? Now that Jim Harbaugh is there, it’s once again your father’s Michigan.
Harbaugh is Harbaugh. They are going to be a downhill running team that runs inside the tackles and and they’ll need a big back to accomplish that. He’s hoping Matt Falcon can be that for the Wolverines after he chose Michigan over offers from schools like Oregon, Arkansas, Tennessee, Arizona State.
Falcon has good speed and solid burst for his size. He has decent lateral agility to go with it as well. He’s added weight and will likely continue to add at the next level to fit in as a true power back. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get close to 225-230.
Falcon is a strong runner that has the lower body strength to run through tackles. He isn’t someone who is going to go down on first contact very often and a lot of defensive backs will struggle to bring him down. Does a nice job of lowering his pad level when he has to as well. He’s not a huge make-you-miss back, but shows a little bit of subtle wiggle to avoid.
He has all the tools to be a great inside runner, but has a habit of bouncing it outside when there are yards to be gained inside. That will have to change in Michigan’s offense as he won’t be able to rely on being able to outrun defenders to the corner in college. It’s a little worrying though that it may just be his natural instinct to bounce.
He’s likely to be more of a doubles hitter in college than take long runs to the house for six, but if the opportunity is there, he can gain big chunk yardage.
He catches the ball really well and can line up as a wideout and be much more than just a decoy. I don’t imagine that Michigan will ever line him up out wide, but he could do it if asked. They will be able to use him out of the backfield in the passing game though.
Physically, he’s exactly what they are looking for in a power back in the offense Harbaugh is going to want to run.
Falcon is not only a local recruit from Southfield, Michigan, he should end up being a great fit in Michigan’s offense and it’s also the best fit for his physical skills as well. If no one emerges this fall for Michigan as a true lead back, then he should have a chance to play early and get a lot of carries. He is coming in at the right time for their program and should end up having a good career in the Wolverines’ backfield.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).