Weight: 220 lbs.
High school: Salt Lake City (UT) Highland
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Houma was in high school. He struggled with injuries but ran 93 times for 790 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and 8 touchdowns.
Final TTB Rating: 66
Houma is going to be an interesting case study for Michigan, because he's essentially a high school tailback. Highland runs an option offense and used him as the primary ball carrier whenever he was healthy. Whereas Michigan used to employ big, bruising fullbacks who weren't much of a threat to run the ball, Houma is a West Coast-style fullback - a guy who can run the ball once in a while, catch some passes out of the backfield, and block. Michigan hasn't really used much of a true I-formation fullback since Obi Oluigbo in 2007.
As for the 2012 season, I don't think the Wolverines will really need Houma's services. The starting fullback is Stephen Hopkins, backup tailback Thomas Rawls can play there, and then there's a walk-on option in redshirt freshman Joe Kerridge. Typically, a team doesn't need to use more than two fullbacks in a season unless there's a significant injury. Meanwhile, Michigan learned toward the end of last season that Denard Robinson operates better out of a shotgun spread offense. With the loss of Kevin Koger and no heir to the position, Michigan's best choice for a base offense will likely be a spread look with one tight end; multiple tight ends will require putting multiple guys on the field who aren't "the best eleven." Without a capable tight end, the I-formation becomes ineffective and a fullback becomes harder to use. That means Houma should have the luxury of redshirting, bulking up, and learning the ways of the college football world.