ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that the football program will explore a sixth year of eligibility for running back Drake Johnson.
Johnson has yet to get a carry in nine games this season for Michigan (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten Conference) and has been hampered by injuries in his time with the program. Harbaugh said Johnson has had hamstring issues this fall.
“We talked about it, and there was two options, and he just hasn’t been able to get to the top,” Harbaugh said. “He can get fast but can’t really reach that high gear. You can’t push something that’s not there, but he’s training to come back next year.”
After redshirting his freshman year, Johnson tore the ACL in his left knee in the first game of the 2013 season, and missed the entire year. In the final game of the 2014 season at Ohio State, Johnson re-tore the same ACL.
During the spring, Johnson was run over by a forklift in Michigan’s track facility; in August, he told reporters that he was not allowed to discuss the incident.
In 25 games at Michigan, Johnson has 116 carries for 641 yards and eight touchdowns.
Johnson posted this tweet Monday night:
Welp… ? is outta the ?
— Drake Johnson (@DRAKEington) November 8, 2016