Sophmore Thomas Rawls and senior Vincent Smith will be looked to in the ground game in the absence of Fitzgerald Toussaint.
Michigan likes to proclaim itself a running team, but its running backs have done little to bolster that reputation.
Fitzgerald Toussaint continues to flounder, but Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he will stick with the player who delivered a 1,000-yard season in 2011.
Running backs at Michigan are expected to perform capably in all facets, and Al Borges says that will include more in the passing game.
Michigan has made its first BCS bowl since the 2006 season with an invitation to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.