Michigan RB Kareem Walker hasn’t played this season, but at least he’s back on the right track.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that the true freshman is in a better place academically than he was a month ago. Harbaugh told Walker to spend less time on football while he got his classwork in order, so he wasn’t practicing in the early part of the season.
Harbaugh didn’t say Monday if Walker is practicing now, but did say he is training and working out like the rest of the team. He also said Walker will still probably redshirt this season.
“There was an excitement and an enthusiasm he has right now about academics and school — it’s been a real shot up in that regard,” Harbaugh said.
The Wayne, N.J., product was the No. 101 player in the country in the class of 2016 according to 247 Sports. He was once committed to Ohio State and enrolled at Michigan in January.
The Wolverines won’t miss Walker too much this year. Harbaugh has a whole stable of running backs that’s rolling.
De’Veon Smith, Karan Higdon, Chris Evans and Ty Isaac got 40 of Michigan’s 49 carries Saturday in a 49-10 win over Penn State. The Wolverines ran for 326 yards and six touchdowns, with those four players accounting 318 yards and five scores.