CHRISTINE MICHAEL

Tailback

Texas A&M University Aggies

#33

5:09.6-221

Beaumont, Texas

West Brook High School

 

OVERVIEW

Lost in the “media hoopla” that converged on College Station during quarterback Johnny Manziel’s march towards capturing the Heisman Trophy, along with the national attention draft analysts provided All-American left offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, Michael also had to deal with a pair of suspensions that limited him to just two starting assignments as a senior in 2012. The result was his worst season during his four-year career as an Aggie, as he finished third on the team with just 417 yards on 88 carries.

 

With his one-time dream of closing his career as a franchise-type ball carrier erased, Michael was relegated mostly to short yardage duties during his final season. The lone bright spot to that role change was that he heard his number called often inside the red zone and more importantly, at the goal-line. He would deliver in that limited role, as his twelve touchdown runs rank 15th on the school season-record list.

 

It was a disappointing senior season for Michael, as he struggled to adhere to team rules handed down by the new staff and “butted heads” with head coach Kevin Sumlin during fall camp. Michael was not pleased that he received just thirteen carries in the season opener vs. Florida and the following day, Sumlin informed the media that Michael and safety Steven Campbell were both being suspended for the upcoming Southern Methodist clash.

 

Michael was not allowed to travel with the team, but continued to remain in his head coach’s doghouse due to an inappropriate tweet that he made while watching the Aggies’

48-3 rout of SMU. That message (tweeted during the game: “Man, run the ball”) did not go unnoticed by the coach. Sumlin made certain that the team knew he did not need Christine Michael’s advice.

 

The Texas A&M head football coach said during his weekly press conference that he was aware of his suspended running back’s instructive tweet during the game. Sumlin said he had addressed the matter with Michael. The player was given two choices – join the team in preparing for the Aggies’ next game vs. Arkansas by fastening his chinstrap and play as his new coaches demand, or simply fade into the background while younger players earn the valuable carries in Southeastern Conference play.

 

“We’d like to get him more involved as we go,” offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday. “We’ll see if that happens.” In a prime example of the tough love Michael’s tutors were showing him during his senior campaign, Sumlin said that the ball carrier, who former coach Mike Sherman once said had bouts of immaturity, would remain the team’s “third back” behind junior Ben Malena and freshman Trey Williams.

 

“We’ve got three good backs, and I’ve said from Day One that all three were going to play,” Sumlin said. “Christine hasn’t made it through a full season in the last (two) years. He needs the other two backs to play, and we need it from a team standpoint because of his injury issues.” Sumlin shrugged off any suggestion that Michael’s blocking in particular must improve for more playing time. “The line of questioning is headed down the wrong road regarding performance,” Sumlin said. “It’s hard for you to perform if you’re not at the game.”

 

Michael would start just one more time, coming in the final regular season clash vs. Missouri. That start was quite a surprise, considering Michael was ejected from A&M’s previous game, vs. Sam Houston State, for throwing a punch. Michael was ejected at the end of a play during which Johnny Manziel threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans to put A&M up 14-0 in the second quarter.

 

The running back and some Sam Houston players were pushing each other before Michael threw the punch and was ejected. He was also given a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. Michael told the Dallas Morning News during the week of practices leading up to A&M’s 41-13 victory over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl that he “was not as close with Kevin Sumlin as he had been with previous coach Mike Sherman.”

 

While the staff said that he was not being suspended, Sumlin elected to leave the senior on the sidelines and he did not appear in what would have been his final collegiate contest, as he watched his teammates celebrate their victory that earned them third place in the final national poll. Michael finished ninth in school history with 529 carries for 2,791 yards (5.28 ypc), as his 34 touchdown runs tied for fifth on the Aggies’ all-time record list.

 

Before he joined the Texas A&M program in 2009, Michael starred at West Brook High School, where the Beaumont, Texas native was coached by former Texas A&M great, Craig Stump. The three-time All-District selection and two-time District 21-5A MVP was rated the 28th-best running back in the nation by Rivals.com. As a sophomore, he ran for 1,342 yards and 21 touchdowns on 149 carries (9.0 ypc) and also scored once on nine receptions. His junior campaign saw the ball carrier carry 180 times for 1,171 yards (6.6 ypc) and 28 touch-downs. He added seventeen catches for 259 yards (15.2 ypc) and four scores in 2008.

 

As a senior, Michael garnered Super Prep All-American, All-District 21-5A, All-State and Beaumont Enterprise All-Southeast Texas Offensive Player of the Year honors. The National EAS Speed-&-Strength Award winner and Austin American-Statesman Texas Fab 55 choice was a starter and captain at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. During his final season, which was cut short due to the result of storm damage from Hurricane Ike, he appeared in nine games, but still managed to amass a career-high 1,412 yards and 25 touchdowns on 172 attempts (8.2 ypc) and snare 22 balls for 212 yards and a score.

 

Michael exploded on to the collegiate scene in 2009, as he was named the Big Twelve Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and the Dallas Morning News. A third-team Freshman All-American pick, he started four of the twelve games he appeared in. His 844 yards on the ground rank as the fourth-best season total by an A&M freshman, carrying 166 times (5.08 ypc) and ten touchdowns, including a school record 97-yard score vs. Baylor. Out of the backfield, he made fifteen catches and averaged 22.33 yards on nine kickoff returns, finishing with 1,111 all-purpose yards.

 

Michael shared tailback duties with Cyrus Gray in 2010 and was leading the team with 631 yards and four scores on 126 attempts (5.01 ypc) over the first eight games when he was lost for the remainder of the season after suffering a broken right leg vs. Texas Tech. He returned on kick 16 yards and also had thirteen receptions before being sidelined.

 

In 2011, Michael earned six starting assignments during the Aggies’ first nine games, but he suffered a left knee anterior cruciate vs. Oklahoma and again missed the end of A&M’s schedule. He finished second on the team with a career-high 899 yards on 149 attempts (6.03 ypc), finding the end zone eight times on those totes and again on a reception, as he added 35 yards on eight catches.

 

Trying to salvage his career, Michael accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game. Scouts have never questioned his playing ability, but the week-long practices were a perfect opportunity for the Aggie to display those skills. Despite being built more in the lines of a fullback, he has always been able to maintain a low pad level attacking the rush lanes and knows how to use his body for leverage. He has the nimble moves and vision to locate cutback lanes and is quite patient following his blockers, especially on red zone or goal-line carries.

 

More quick than fast, Michael has efficient jump/cut moves and while a one-speed type of ball carrier, he has the burst and acceleration to make second level defenders miss. But, with his upper body power, size and pad level, he is much more effective running between tackles than on the occasions he attempts to bounce outside. He has good body lean when falling forward and while not a fancy route runner, he does have the hands and extension ability to catch the ball in stride and move the ball in a short area passing game.

 

All of those traits were on display at practice leading up to the East-West Game. “Michael has been the top back in practices,” Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com said during the drills before the contest. ”He has a powerful frame and he’s displayed an explosive burst to and through the hole. He doesn’t have natural hands out of the backfield, but he’s still a very intriguing prospect His career at A&M was marred by injuries and a few off-field issues, but his stock is on the rise. I talked to one team that has him graded in the second round.”

 

CAREER NOTES

Michael started 18-of-40 games at Texas A&M, carrying 529 times for 2,791 yards (5.28), both ranking ninth on the school career-record list…His 34 touchdowns on the ground rank 15th among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers and tied Curtis Dickey (1976-79) for fifth place in school history behind Jorvorskie Lane (49; 2005-08), Darren Lewis (44; 1987-90), Rodney Thomas (41; 1991-94) and George Woodard (35; 1975-77)…

Caught 44 passes for 323 yards (7.34 ypc) and a touchdown, as his 210 points scored rank 14th in Aggies annals…Returned ten kickoffs for 217 yards (21.7 avg) and touched the ball 583 times, amassing 3,331 all-purpose yards, an average of 83.28 yards per game…Had nine 100-yard rushing performances during his career and scored multiple touchdowns on the ground in eight contests.

 

2012 SEASON

Michael appeared in eleven games, starting the season opener vs. Florida and the regular season finale vs. Missouri, but was suspended for a violation of team rules vs. Southern Methodist, was ejected from the Sam Houston State clash for fighting and the staff elected to not play him vs. Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl…Finished third on the team with 417 yards on 88 carries (4.74 ypc), but he scored twelve times on the ground, tying Cyrus Gray (both 2010 and ’11), Courtney Lewis (2003), Rodney Thomas (1994), Anthony Toney (1985) and Greg Hill (1991) for 15th on the school season-record chart…Gained 48 yards on eight catches (6.00 ypc) and recorded a solo tackle vs. South Carolina State…Generated 465 all-purpose yards, an average of 42.27 yards per game…Scored 72 points…Ran for at least one touchdown in nine contests, including three games where he scored twice each…He had back-to-back games with a pair of touchdowns – vs. Mississippi State (50 yards on 11 carries) and Alabama (12 runs for 27 yards…Picked up two more scoring scampers, including a 38-yarder on just four chances for 60 yards vs. Missouri…Ran for a season-high 40-yard touchdown vs. Louisiana Tech, gaining 65 yards on 12 tries…Had another long touchdown jaunt from 34 yards out, as he accounted for a season-best 75 yards on nine carries vs. Auburn.

 

 

2011 SEASON

Michael was well on his way to a 1,000-yard rushing season before a knee injury vs. Oklahoma ended his year…The junior had rushed for 899 yards and eight touchdowns on 149 carries (6.03 ypc) in the first nine games of the season, earning six starts…Caught eight passes for 35 yards (4.38 ypc) and a score…Recorded a solo tackle vs. Missouri and scored 54 points while collecting 934 all-purpose yards, an average of 103.78 yards per game…Ran for over 100 yards in four contests, including rushing for a career-high 230 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries vs. Arkansas. His 230-yard performance tied

Curtis Dickey (vs. Texas Christian in 1978) for the third-best rushing effort by an Aggie, topped by only Bob Smith (297 at Southern Methodist in 1950) and Darren Lewis (232 vs. Texas Tech in 1990)…Had a pair of touchdowns on 14 attempts for 85 yards vs. Southern Methodist and tallied 105 yards on 21 tries with a score vs. Baylor…Followed with 142 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries vs. Iowa State…Recorded his third consecutive 100-yard day, and third in four contests, as he toted the ball 21 times for 104 yards vs. Missouri…His season ended with 88 yards on 17 attempts before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee vs. Oklahoma.

 

2010 SEASON

Michael’s sophomore season was cut short when he broke his right leg in the Aggies’ win over Texas Tech and was lost for the season…Gained 631 yards on 126 carries (5.01 ypc) with four touchdowns in the first eight games, which included six starts…Made thirteen catches for 174 yards (13.38 ypc), adding a 16-yard kickoff return to pile up 821 all-purpose yards, an average of 102.63 yards per game…Opened the season with three-straight 100 yard rushing performances, as he 22 attempts for 105 yards and a pair of scores while pulling in a 46-yard pass vs. Stephen F. Austin…Followed with 14 tries for 107 yards vs. Louisiana Tech and gained 119 yards with a score on 21 tries vs. Florida International…

Fell short of the century mark during his next appearance, picking up 97 yards on 24 attempts vs. Arkansas…Snatched four passes for 94 yards and rushed 14 times for 52 yards vs. Missouri.

 

2009 SEASON

Michael was named the Big Twelve Conference’s Offensive Freshman of the Year by both the league’s head coaches and The Dallas Morning News, adding The Oklahoman’s Big Twelve Freshman of the Year accolades…Chosen to College Football News’ Freshman All-America third-team and ESPN.com’s Big Twelve All-Freshman team…Played in twelve games, starting four contests – vs. Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia…Led the team with 844 yards on 166 carries (5.08 ypc) and ten touchdowns, as his yardage figures are the fourth-best in a season by an A&M freshman…Had fifteen receptions for 66 yards (4.40 ypc) and gained 201 yards on nine kickoff returns (22.33 avg)…Scored 60 points and tallied 1,111 all-purpose yards, an average of 92.58 yards per game…Recorded a pair of 100-yard rushing performances…Made his collegiate debut with 93 yards and a score on 11 carries, 9 yards on a catch and 58 yards on three kickoff returns vs. New Mexico…Had 17 rushes for 94 yards, four kickoff returns for 118 yards and 26 yards on two grabs vs. Utah State…Registered his first 100-yard rushing performance with 22 attempts for 121 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas Tech…Scored two more times vs. Baylor, rushing for a school record 97-yard score to finish with 116 yards on eleven runs vs. Baylor. He is only the sixth player in school history to gain 90 yards on a rushing attempt, topping the previous A&M long of 95 yards by D’Andre Hardeman at Baylor in 1996.

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Michael suffered a right leg fracture vs. Texas Tech (10/30), missing the team’s final five games, vs. Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska, Texas and Louisiana State.

2011 Season…Michael missed the Aggies’ final four games vs. Kansas State, Kansas, Texas and Northwestern when he suffered a left knee anterior cruciate ligament tear vs. Oklahoma (11/05).

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.49 in the 40-yard dash…1.59 10-yard dash…2.63 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…

7.08 three-cone drill…34-inch vertical jump…9’5” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times…31 5/8-inch arm length…9-inch hands…73 5/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Michael attended West Brook (Beaumont, Tex.) High School, where he was coached by former Texas A&M great, Craig Stump…The three-time All-District selection and two-time District 21-5A MVP was rated the 28th-best running back in the nation by Rivals.com…As a sophomore, he ran for 1,342 yards and 21 touchdowns on 149 carries (9.0 ypc) and also scored once on nine receptions…His junior campaign saw the ball carrier carry 180 times for 1,171 yards (6.6 ypc) and 28 touchdowns…Added seventeen catches for 259 yards (15.2 ypc) and four scores in 2008…As a senior, Michael added Super Prep All-American, All-District 21-5A, All-State and Beaumont Enterprise All-Southeast Texas Offensive Player of the Year honors…The National EAS Speed-&-Strength Award winner and Austin American-Statesman Texas Fab 55 choice was a starter and captain at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…During his final season, which was cut short due to the result of storm damage from Hurricane Ike, he appeared in nine games, but still managed to amass a career-high 1,412 yards and 25 touchdowns on 172 attempts (8.2 ypc) and snare 22 balls for 212 yards and a score.

 

PERSONAL

Agricultural Leadership and Development major….Son of Mary Gilder and Andrew Michael…Born 11/09/90…Resides in Beaumont, Texas.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

RUSHING STATISTICS
STATS GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG
2009 12 04  166     844  5.08  10    97      70.33
2010 08 06  126     631  5.01  04    67      78.88
2011 09 06  149     899  6.03  08    48      99.89
2012 11 02  088     417  4.74  12    40      37.91
TOTAL 40 18  529   2791  5.28  34    97      69.78

 

RECEIVING STATISTICS KICKOFF RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  15     066 04.40  00    13  09     201 22.33  00    44
2010  13     174 13.38  00    60  01     016 16.00  00    16
2011  08     035 04.38  01    11  00     000 00.00  00    00
2012  08     048 06.00  00    16  00     000 00.00  00    00
TOTAL  44     323 07.34  01    60  10     217 21.70  00    44

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS…Recorded one solo tackle in 2011 and another in 2012.

 

 

 

MICHAEL GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Florida 09/08/12 Florida 17-20

Yes

13

33

0

33

1

3

15

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

SMU 09/15/12 at SMU 48-3

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina St. 09/22/12 SCSU 70-14

Yes

7

26

0

26

1

1

6

0

1

6

0

1

0

0

0

Arkansas 09/29/12 Arkansas 58-10

Yes

5

24

0

24

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 10/06/12 at Ole Miss 30-27

Yes

4

21

0

21

0

2

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Louisiana Tech 10/13/12 at Louisiana Tech 59-57

Yes

12

65

0

65

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/20/12 LSU 19-24

Yes

8

31

4

27

1

1

1

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/27/12 at Auburn 63-21

Yes

9

83

8

75

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/03/12 at MSU 38-13

Yes

11

52

2

50

2

0

0

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/10/12 at Alabama 29-24

Yes

12

28

1

27

2

0

0

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Sam Houston St. 11/17/12 SHSU 47-28

Yes

3

9

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri 11/24/12 Missouri 59-29

Yes

4

60

0

60

2

1

12

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 01/04/13 Oklahoma 41-13

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

88

432

15

417

12

8

48

0

12

72

0

1

0

0

0

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Pts

Tackles

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

SMU 09/04/11 SMU 46-14

Yes

14

85

0

85

2

0

0

0

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Idaho 09/17/11 Idaho 37-7

Yes

5

31

0

31

0

1

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 09/24/11 Oklahoma St. 29-30

Yes

6

62

0

62

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/01/11 Arkansas 38-42

Yes

32

230

0

230

3

2

7

0

3

18

0

0

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/08/11 at Texas Tech 45-40

Yes

15

68

16

52

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Baylor 10/15/11 Baylor 55-28

Yes

21

105

0

105

1

2

8

1

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

Iowa St. 10/22/11 at Iowa St. 33-17

Yes

18

142

0

142

1

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri 10/29/11 Missouri 31-38

Yes

21

104

0

104

0

1

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Oklahoma 11/05/11 at Oklahoma 25-41

Yes

17

93

5

88

0

1

-6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas St. 11/12/11 at Kansas St. 50-53

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas 11/19/11 Kansas 61-7

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas 11/24/11 Texas 25-27

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northwestern 12/31/11 Northwestern 33-22

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

149

920

21

899

8

8

35

1

9

54

0

1

0

0

0

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

Stephen F. Austin 09/04/10 Stephen F. Austin 48-7

Yes

22

105

0

105

2

1

46

0

0

0

0

2

12

Louisiana Tech 09/11/10 Louisiana Tech 48-16

Yes

14

109

2

107

0

1

-3

0

0

0

0

0

0

FIU 09/18/10 FIU 27-20

Yes

21

132

13

119

1

1

6

0

0

0

0

1

6

Oklahoma St. 09/30/10 at Oklahoma St. 35-38

Yes

24

98

1

97

0

3

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/09/10 Arkansas 17-24

Yes

18

79

0

79

1

1

-2

0

0

0

0

1

6

Missouri 10/16/10 Missouri 9-30

Yes

14

58

6

52

0

4

94

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas 10/23/10 at Kansas 45-10

Yes

6

33

0

33

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/30/10 Texas Tech 45-27

Yes

7

39

0

39

0

2

21

0

1

16

0

0

0

Oklahoma 11/06/10 Oklahoma 33-19

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Baylor 11/13/10 at Baylor 42-30

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nebraska 11/20/10 Nebraska 9-6

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas 11/25/10 at Texas 24-17

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 01/07/11 LSU 24-41

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

126

653

22

631

4

13

174

0

1

16

0

4

24

 

 

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff
Ret.

Pts

No

Gain

Loss

Net

TDs

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

TTL
TDs

New Mexico 09/05/09 New Mexico 41-6

Yes

11

93

0

93

1

1

9

0

3

52

0

1

6

Utah St. 09/19/09 Utah St. 38-30

Yes

17

94

0

94

0

2

26

0

4

118

0

0

0

UAB 09/26/09 UAB 56-19

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/03/09 Arkansas 19-47

Yes

11

47

1

46

0

2

2

0

2

31

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 10/10/09 Oklahoma St. 31-36

Yes

9

31

1

30

1

2

-4

0

0

0

0

1

6

Kansas St. 10/17/09 at Kansas St. 14-62

Yes

11

31

9

22

0

4

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/24/09 at Texas Tech 52-30

Yes

22

121

0

121

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

12

Iowa St. 10/31/09 Iowa St. 35-10

Yes

10

68

5

63

1

1

11

0

0

0

0

1

6

Colorado 11/07/09 at Colorado 34-35

Yes

16

78

4

74

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

Oklahoma 11/14/09 at Oklahoma 10-65

Yes

14

37

12

25

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Baylor 11/21/09 Baylor 38-3

Yes

11

116

0

116

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

2

12

Texas 11/26/09 Texas 39-49

Yes

19

83

0

83

1

1

7

0

0

0

0

1

6

Georgia 12/28/09 at Georgia 20-44

Yes

15

79

2

77

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

Season Totals

166

878

34

844

10

15

66

0

9

201

0

10

60

 

Data provided by Dave-Te Thomas, Publisher of The NFL Draft Reports for TonySoftli.com; Tony Softli Draft Board