Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Grand Blanc (MI) Grand Blanc
Position: Running back
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #5
Last year: I ranked Hayes #59 and said he would be a backup running back. He had 18 carries for 83 yards and 1 touchdown.
Hayes, a scatback type, was stuck behind Vincent Smith for that role last year. There was never a strong need to use Hayes, since Smith stayed healthy. Hayes ended up having decent games against overmatched Massachusetts and Illinois teams, totaling 13 carries for 85 yards and 1 touchdown in those games. Unfortunately, his other five carries - against Iowa, Northwestern, and South Carolina - netted him -2 yards. He had yet another chance to impress in the spring game, but he was ineffectual.
The depth chart hasn't cleared up much for Hayes this year. With Smith gone the screens and draws might go to sophomore Dennis Norfleet instead. Hayes clearly seems to be behind Thomas Rawls in the coaches' eyes, and the top two tailbacks could very well be fifth year senior Fitzgerald Toussaint and freshman Derrick Green. I don't think Hayes has a shot at cracking the top two, so he will probably be used scarcely once again in 2013 unless there are injuries. There will be some carries in garbage time, and the coaches may trust him to block more than Norfleet, but there's considerable depth at the running back position this year.
Prediction: Backup running back; 15 carries for 60 yards