Texas A&M’s Michael has plenty of talent, and question marks

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Texas A&M running back Christine Michael has faced more questions from scouts than he has answers.

Why didn’t he play a down in the Cotton Bowl?

Why did he start only two games in 2012?

Why did he oversleep and miss interviews at the combine?

Are his injuries behind him?

“The reality with Christine Michael is there’s not a more talented running back in this draft, but you’ve got to do the homework on the kid,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “… He showed up at the East-West Shrine Game, and I just started laughing. He didn’t belong there. He stuck out like a sore thumb from a talent perspective. So when a kid shows up that good at the East-West game, you know there were some problems and some issues. He only had 88 carries this year. You’ve got to be kidding me, right, with that much talent. That shows that there are issues, and you’ve got to go find those answers.”

Michael returned to A&M for his senior year and entered 2012 rated as the top-draft prospect for 2013. But he quickly found himself in new coach Kevin Sumlin’s doghouse and made only two starts with only 88 carries, though he scored 12 touchdowns.

“There was a lot to it,” Michael said. “We had a coaching change, the whole staff, a whole new offense. It got shaky for me. I wasn’t used to it. Sometimes you just live, and you learn. I never experienced changes like that. A lot of things got shaky. I got a little stubborn and was just in my own world.”

Michael, who is 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, finished his career with 2,791 yards, a 5.3 yards per carry average and 34 rushing touchdowns. But he broke the tibia in his right leg in 2010 and tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011.

“He’s extremely explosive,” Sumlin said. “He’s a guy who has a lot of talent. I think the question is: Is he healthy? You can see he’s healthy, and he’s ready to go.”

The biggest question left is: How early does Michael go?

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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