Few college football players have been through more serious injuries than Michigan running back Drake Johnson.
A pair of season-ending ACL tears would have been bad enough, but then reports surfaced in May that Johnson had been run over by a forklift while stretching at the U-M indoor track building.
Details of the injuries he sustained in the April incident have not been revealed, but in a piece by 247sports.com’s Zach Shaw, Johnson spoke at length about the frustration of suffering non-football injuries that he said placed him in the hospital.
“It was more the fact that it was something that should have never happened,” Johnson said when asked what the hardest part of his latest injury was. “With an ACL in football you’re kind of like ‘OK, you play a football game, you run the risk of tearing your ACL. You play a football game, you run the risk of breaking something or tearing something or having some kind of injury to your muscles or something — it’s expected.’
“But when you’re kind of just minding your own business, you don’t expect something like that to happen. And the next day you wake up and think ‘Oh maybe that was just a dream.’ But then I was like “Nope, I’m still in the hospital, this sucks. I really just did have that happen.’ ”
The piece detailed the journeys taken by Johnson and roommate Jehu Chesson — who tore his PCL in the Citrus Bowl — to get ready for their senior season.
Johnson — a fifth-year senior — has rushed for 641 yards and 8 touchdowns in his career, including 4 TDs in 10 appearances last season. If he can remain healthy, he could be one of the feel-good stories in the Big Ten in 2016.