While in Aggies land researching Seahawks RB Christine Michael, ESPN's Louis Riddick talked with Larry Jackson, Texas A&M’s strength and conditioning coach who also worked at Oklahoma when Adrian Peterson terrorized defenses. And what Jackson told Riddick stunned him.
“He told me that from a functional explosiveness perspective that Christine was on the same level as Adrian,” Riddick said. “When you’re talking about functional explosiveness — acceleration, change of direction, force and impact on contact, breaking tackles — he said he’s the same as Adrian. The only difference ... is that Adrian believed that he was unstoppable. He didn’t know if Christine believed it yet.”
(When asked to verify his comments, Jackson said that’s exactly what he said.)
The article is from last August, but Riddick mentioned it again on Twitter this week. Michael may have finally passed Robert Turbin on the depth chart. OC Darrell Bevell said that, due to Michael’s play in practice, the team was going to move to more of a committee approach at RB. While we still believe that Marshawn Lynch will still be the clear RB1 in 2014, Michael’s role should grow. He’s a high-upside handcuff for Lynch.