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Drake Johnson | Running Back

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/8/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210

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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." May 24 - 10:21 PM

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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.
Apr 14 - 10:15 PM

Mlive.com'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.
Source: Mlive.com
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.
Source: mlive.com
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."
Source: MLive.com
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."
Source: MLive.com
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 03:01:00 PM