The Michigan Wolverines will continue the rest of the 2013 season without second string running back Drake Johnson, who suffered a season ending ACL injury in the Wolverines’ routing of the Central Michigan Chippewas on Saturday.
Johnson only had two carries for nine yards and appearances on special teams before going down with the injury, where it appeared he was pushed in the back.
Johnson is a local kid who played his high school football at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. He wasn’t a very highly rated recruit out of high school, with his only other scholarship offer coming from Eastern Michigan University. Still, Johnson did enough in high school to earn an offer from Brady Hoke and has impressed ever since he stepped foot on campus.
For the Wolverines, the injury is certainly disappointing but shouldn’t derail the Wolverines’ season as they are extremely loaded at the running back position.
Fitzgerald Toussaint returns as the featured running back after breaking his leg towards the end of last season. He received the most carries Saturday with 14 and put up 57 yards and two touchdowns in limited action.
With the injury to Johnson, it pretty much solidifies true freshman running back Derrick Green as the second string back after he had 11 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. Green was a five star recruit in the class of 2013 and rated the number one back overall on various recruiting sites.
The Wolverines will get their first true challenge of the 2013 season when they host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish under the lights at the Big House. It will be a good measuring stick for the Wolverines, as the Irish went 12-0 before losing in the national championship game last season.