RENTON – The newest running back for the Seahawks looks forward to learning from one of the team’s oldest running backs.
“Marshawn Lynch is one of my favorites, man,” former Texas A&M running back Christine Michael said. “He’s been my favorite since I was younger. Him, (Adrian Peterson), guys like that. I can’t complain about that. I love that I’m gonna learn from that guy.”
One thing that became apparent from listening to Michael, the Seahawks’ second-round pick: He’s just happy and excited from the opportunity. Of course, anyone who just gets drafted is going to feel the same way, but Michael insisted he would be happy in any role, with whatever the Seahawks needed.
Coach Pete Carroll made it clear that Michael will play heavily on special teams (kickoff coverage, punt coverage and possibly as a punt returner), and Michael even said he would be willing to play fullback, even though that’s not a position he has played.
The Seahawks ran the ball more than any team in the NFL last season. While they may give more of a workload to quarterback Russell Wilson in his second year, the Seahawks have no intentions of abandoning the run. Michael (5-10, 221) gives them a similar, but also slightly different, option in the backfield and fills a void left by departed running back Leon Washington.
“They’re all a little different,” said Matt Berry, the Seahawks’ Southwest area scout. “He’s a traditional one-cut, downhill guy. Marshawn has a little bit more slide. Turbin was little different coming out last year. He was lateral before he would go. Christin is just downhill now. You see the burst at the line of scrimmage. He’s physical. There’s a lot of contact power, and then he has a gear that he can finish.”
Berry added: “If he wasn’t physical, I don’t think we’d be talking about him.”
Michael also talked about the coaching change that took place at A&M before his senior year. Mike Sherman was fired and Kevin Sumlin was hired.
“Like I mentioned in all my interviews, the coaching change was a difficult situation for me,” Michael said. “But it was worth it. I lived and I learned from it. The coaching change, there was definitely some adversity I had to overcome. And tell you what, I did. I grew up a lot from learning from stuff like that.”
Here are some highlights to chew on:
Highlights package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCVqxFeWFoU
Highlights package: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3ajTZA3v5A
This is the game he rushed for 230 yards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBQnOz6nhxE