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Drake Johnson | Running Back

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/8/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210

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Michigan redshirt senior RB Drake Johnson has left the football team but will compete on the Wolverines' track squad.
Johnson received an NCAA hardship waiver for a sixth year of eligibility recently, but he'll use it to focus on track, not football. "Drake Johnson is going to continue at Michigan, take classes this fall, the latest is that he's not going to participate in football and concentrate on track," HC Jim Harbaugh said. Johnson finishes his snakebitten Michigan football career with 641 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He suffered multiple ACL injuries and was involved in a freak forklift accident last summer. Mon, Jul 17, 2017 06:11:00 PM
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Date:'s Nick Baumgardner reports that Michigan redshirt senior RB Drake Johnson is awaiting word on a medical hardship waiver before deciding on his playing future.

This report runs in contradiction to the comments made by Wolverines HC Jim Harbaugh on Monday, when the coach said that Johnson was "not going to continue with football" due to a range of injury concerns, including a torn left ACL in both 2013 and 2014. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was also run over by a forklift last spring. He did not see a carry during the 2016 season. His playing future figures to clarify once he receives word one way or another on that medical hardship waiver.
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh indicated that redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson will be able to play against Illinois on Saturday.

"I think he'll be ready to go this week. From what I'm seeing in practice, physically, I think he'll be ready to go," Harbaugh said. He is currently recovering from a strained muscle suffered in practice. If Johnson is able to suit up (and see the field) against the Illini on Saturday, it will be his first game-action of the 2016 season. In 2015, Johnson accumulated 271 yards and four touchdowns. Even if he returns to play this weekend, there is no real fantasy upside here given Michigan's already loaded backfield.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 02:52:00 PM

Michigan RB coach Tyrone Wheatley indicated that there is no timetable for redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson's return to play.

Johnson was involved in a bizarre accident in which he was run over by a forklift in April. While the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder said that he was "good to go" in early August, he did not suit up for either of the first two games of the season. Last season, he rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 01:44:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson is not dressed for Saturday's game against Hawai'i.

Perhaps Johnson was not "good to go" after the forklift injury in April, despite stating he was. The Wolverines will likely play three running backs or more throughout the season, and Johnson will surely be one name when healthy. If this is injury related, that is.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 12:49:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson said he is "good to go" after April's injury caused by a forklift.

Johnson would not discuss the injury, which is still one of the stranger off-field incidents we have ever heard. He was not the team's lead back to finish the season, but Johnson certainly produced when given the opportunity to the tune of 271 yards and four touchdowns on 54 carries.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 11:02:00 AM

Michigan redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson was run over by a forklift in mid-April because the driver did not realize Johnson was stretching on the track of the indoor facility.

According to the police report, the driver of the forklift "felt a bump, stating he thought he ran over a starting block, when he saw Drake Johnson, a student-athlete, roll from under the forklift." After the accident, Johnson was taken to the hospital. The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder did not suffer serious injury in the accident. HC Jim Harbaugh said after the incident that "it would've killed a lesser man. He is blue-twisted steel."
Tue, May 24, 2016 10:21:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson was hospitalized after being run over by a forklift at the team's indoor practice facility.

We don't yet know how exactly this freak accident occurred, but Johnson is very lucky to have escaped further injury. This is how HC Jim Harbaugh put it: "It would’ve killed a lesser man. He is blue-twisted steel." Harbaugh added that it "was a miracle, right up there with Easter" that Johnson wasn’t injured worse. We don't yet know what specific injuries Johnson sustained in the accident.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 10:15:00 PM's Nick Baumgardner reports that Michigan redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson should see an expanded role in the Wolverine's backfield.

Johnson received one carry for three yards in the Wolverine's 35-7 win over Oregon State. The Michigan prospect hasn't seen action, since tearing his ACL versus Ohio State in November. Coach Jim Harbaugh is bringing Johnson along slowly, with junior De'Veon Smith and redshirt sophomore Ty Isaac holding down the fort at running back. In 2014, Johnson rushed for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns in the last four games of the season.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 04:04:00 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that redshirt junior RB Drake Johnson "could see action as early as this week."

"[Johnson]'s a football player," said HC Harbaugh. Duly noted, Coach, duly noted. Last November, the 6-foot, 211-pound RB tore his ACL against Ohio State. He didn't participate in spring practice and was limited in August camp, but the redshirt junior was medically cleared to play against Utah. The Wolverines just opted to let him have another week. Given the ineffectiveness of the Michigan running game last week (just 79 yards on 27 carries), Johnson has a chance to carve out a role immediately.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 09:11:00 PM

Michigan redshirt sophomore RB Drake Johnson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

Johnson tore the ligament against Ohio State. This is Johnson's second ACL tear in as many years, and reports state it is to the same knee. After missing the first six games of the season, Johnson rushed for 361 yards and four touchdowns on 60 carries in five games.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 09:58:00 AM

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced that redshirt sophomore RB Drake Johnson and sophomore De'Veon Smith are "No. 1 and No. 1-A" on the depth chart.

Former elite recruit Derrick Green falls behind the duo. "Right now, it would be Drake Johnson and De'Veon," Hoke said Sunday. "So, you've got a No. 1 and No. 1-A (there), and then you've got a No. 2 with Derrick." The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Smith is a coach's dream because he's a willing blocker. Johnson (6-foot, 211) is working his way back from a torn ACL suffered during the first game of last season. "It's only made me stronger mentally and it's only going to help me going into the season," Johnson said. "As low as you can get, you realize you can still recover from it. So no matter what happens during a year, it won't be as bad (a season-ending injury). However strong I was in camp last year, I've got to be that much stronger now."
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 11:08:00 PM

Michigan announced that redshirt freshman RB Drake Johnson will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL Saturday against Central Michigan.

Johnson wrecked his knee covering a kick in the second half. Michigan's first back off the bench, Johnson rushed for nine yards on two carries before his knee gave out. "You just hate it for Drake, but he's as tough as anyone on this football team, and he will make it back from this," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "He worked so hard through his redshirt season and had a really good camp in backing up Fitz (Toussaint), not to mention he was a really valuable special teams player for us."
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 03:01:00 PM