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Michigan loses No. 2 RB to torn ACL

Avery Cunningham, Reon Dawson AP

Fortunately for Michigan, they have significant depth at a position that’s just taken an injury hit.

Listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart, Drake Johnson will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to injury, head coach Brady Hoke confirmed Monday.  Johnson suffered a torn ACL covering a second-half kickoff in the season-opening win over Central Michigan.

Prior to the injury, the redshirt freshman rushed twice for nine yards.

“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,” Hoke said in a statement sent out by the school. “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.”

With Johnson’s injury, true freshman Derrick Green has officially slid into the No. 2 spot on the most recent depth chart.  Green, a five-star member of UM’s 2013 recruiting class and rated as the top back in the country, led the Wolverines in rushing in the opener with 58 yards in 11 carries.  Junior Thomas Rawls and freshman De’Veon Smith could see their roles increased beginning this week against Notre Dame.

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14 Responses to “Michigan loses No. 2 RB to torn ACL”
  1. be4bama says: Sep 2, 2013 5:04 PM

    Bless his heart. Go Blue

  2. mediocrebob says: Sep 2, 2013 5:18 PM

    I feel like Derrick Green is gonna have a coming out party like Darius Walker did against UM a few years back.

  3. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2013 5:28 PM

    Sorry to hear that. RBs and OL did very well.

    Lots of good things from game one. Most noticeable was playing with an edge. Need to tighten up the silly stuff, but not curb the hunger.

    I’m VERY glad a tougher test is immediate to validate our ‘level’ a little better.

  4. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    Obviously these are freak injuries but let’s hope Hoke (and all other coaches for that matter) let their special teams get a few reps in but then just proceed to punt/kick out of bounds and eat the penalty against lower level teams and games that are clearly in hand. (run on sentence, I know)

  5. barkleyblows says: Sep 2, 2013 6:04 PM

    GO BLOW!!!

  6. seanb20124 says: Sep 2, 2013 6:17 PM

    Which RB was decapitated by Clowney?

  7. barkleyblows says: Sep 2, 2013 7:20 PM

    I think fat boy hoke ate my kids.

  8. meatchickenstillsucks says: Sep 2, 2013 10:41 PM

    And Michigan STILL SUCKS

  9. mediocrebob says: Sep 2, 2013 10:42 PM

    Dumb name ^

  10. allen227 says: Sep 2, 2013 10:57 PM

    Real smart having your #2 guy on kick off team.

  11. mediocrebob says: Sep 3, 2013 12:09 AM

    Meatchicken is the dumbest name. Why do buckeye fans think that’s funny? Is there a story behind it?

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  13. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Sep 3, 2013 9:18 AM

    Go Green! Go White!
    Were going to destroy you again like we have 3 of the last 4 years!

  14. dkhhuey says: Sep 3, 2013 12:58 PM

    @medio – I’m a Buckeye but I have no idea where it came from and for the record – not even close to being funny nor used much by many!

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