Originally posted on Maize & Blue Nation  |  Last updated 1/2/13
Rawls' 63-yard TD run against Illinois in garbage time this season, was his career long, by far. Emailer Mike writes: Brad, no one, and I mean no one has said a word about Rawls not playing. Not you, not any of the other blogs, not the papers, not the radio, not TV, NO ONE! What gives? Well Mike, Thomas Rawls' absence from the Outback Bowl was not widely reported, and I agree it was something that went unnoticed by many, unless you were on Twitter in the second half. Unnoticed and unreported, because frankly, I doubt anyone figured he'd be much of a contributor. But aside from just mentioning the fact that he didn't play, there's not much else I can tell you. A guy like Rawls, or Fitz for that matter, isn't going to garner a lot of yards behind an offensive line as awful as Michigan's. I think the coaches saw the need to get the ball into the hands of smaller, faster running backs in an effort to spread out defenses and get the ball in space...hence Vincent Smith and Shoelace.
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