No running back has stepped to front

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- When Michigan coach Brady Hoke took his dream job in Ann Arbor, he said he wanted to return to what the Wolverines used to do -- run between the tackles.

That's what the coach believes should be Michigan's identity, a downhill running game with powerful offensive line play.

Except in Hoke's first year, with a group of running backs that can't appear to separate themselves from each other, he and offensive coordinator Al Borges haven't been able to do that.