"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Bad news for #20:
RB Drake Johnson will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with a torn ACL.
Johnson tore that on a vicious-looking clothesline on kickoff coverage late, so thanks for that, Central.
Johnson was the #2 back on the depth chart; after he went out Michigan started alternating the true freshmen before turning to Hayes and Rawls late. While the injury is unfortunate, Michigan has plenty of depth at tailback.
Two years in a row a player tore their ACL on kick coverage in the opening game.
Action plan: Only score once next year in the opening game, to win 7-0. Limits kickoffs to two in the game.
Or just kick all kickoffs out of bounds and take the penalties.
I like it, but win 2-0 and we're down to one kickoff and one punt. We might need a couple of scoreless 25-30 minute possessions, but how hard could that possibly be?
Best solution - score as time expires. Then we only have to kick off once.
Bad news. Hope Reynolds is not of a similar ilk. Best of luck in your recovery Drake.
Very sad for the young man. I hope he can do a "Fitz" for next year.
I blame field turf.
Damn, hope for a speedy and healthy recovery for Drake. Also, man it seems Perry the ACLephant has made camp in AA in 2013.
Sucks for drake. While i was watching the replay i saw them doing acl tests on the fireld. assumed as much.
the real kicker is next year we will have green/smith in year 2. Its going to be very difficult for him to crack the depth chart into playing time with this season lost to him.
Does that propel Green to the 2 deep? I don't see much of an option now. Hopefully that's the last ACL injury we see for the year.
This sucks but at least we have good depth in this position.
Hopefully Reynolds is ok. I'm not sure we'll have much of a deep threat passing game this year and if Reynolds is lost too then it will be even less of a threat.
I have watched Drake since he was a freshma in high school. Feel really bad for him. Here is to a speedy recovery.
Hoping for a quick physical and mental recovery for him.
Someone made a comment on the board that he wouldn't lose a year of eligibility but doesn't he, a la Jake Ryan's situation?
If he gets a mescal redshirt he can serve as the running back of this recruiting class, returning next year with freshman eligibility. That may actually work out well for him (and us) as a football player.
Hmmmm....a Mescal redshirt would likely get him an NCAA violation. Just ask Jim Morrison.
Haha, iPhone autochange and I failed to proof before posting. I then saw it after posting and was just thinking "here we go, I guess I won't get a serious answer to my question."
You can only get a second redshirt year if your first one was a medical.
Further infuriating was BTN coverage of this. They never showed a good replay of the hit, which was apparently fairly dirty. Then they showed a picture of CMU's 18 on the sideline looking very guilty, then the started speaking of "Blake Countess" as if HE was the one that was hurt which of course freaked me out. Then Glen Mason smoked a pack of Marlboro Reds and they started talking about something else.
CMU's 18 was not involved in Johnson getting hurt he was in the middle of the field laying on another wolverine getting the PF. It was # 33 for Central but he simply shoved (blocked) Drake when he was planting to try and get the returner who was within 5 yards of where the injury happened. Nothing dirty about the play at all and there was a very good replay of it on BTN
Brian, at least Drake Johnson didn't tear his ACL celebrating a TD like Georgia's WR Malcolm Mitchell.
I hate this for Johnson.
I really think he was going to contribute in the running game this season. He definitely showed great vision in his carries on Saturday.
...now I'm going to have to listen to people ask if he'll get a medical redshirt for the next 4 years.
well that escalated... I still remember the cries for Green to be redshirted since he was not ready and a bust and fat and such. Oh wait, that was Friday.
+5 because this is spot on.
+1 because I have never seen a +6 before and I thought it would be neat.
Never thought I would be yelling "Go Green!"
Well I sure saw it.. I thought he looked the best of the bunch....he looked like a man running ball, the pure power with speed. Like the old school Michigan running backs. This really really sucks that he is out... makes me wish they didnt play guys on special teams that are on the two deep, like Countess last season.
You-da you-da best, Drake. Get well soon
I thought they did show the replay and that he hyperextended it on what looked like a clean block by someone not numbered 18, and that player 18 wasn't near him....... anyway, I seemed to like Johnson the most of the RBs, because he looks like old school big Michigan football at RB... this sucks...
Two things stood out:
1. It looked like his foot stuck in the turf and he was collapsing before the CMU guy touched him (and it definitely didn't look like a "clothesline" at the time, but I'll defer to whatever the replays showed)
2. He was lying on the turf for what seemed FOREVER until anyone gave him any attention. I mean, the play was over, the defense was coming on the field, and the kid was just lying there clutching his knee with no one around him. The lady in the row behind me and I both started screaming "SOMEBODY HELP HIM!!" at the same time-- I think the training staff were the last folks in the stadium to notice him.
Good luck Drake-- work hard and we'll see you next year (hopefully not on kickoff coverage, though).
I was really pulling for him as no one expected anything from him yet he'd made it to 2nd in line. Here's to your recovery, Drake.
Now he's here...sorry I had to. Get well soon #20
So sorry for Drake. Hoping for a speedy recovery.
I'm getting really tired of the injuries. Ever since Jake Ryan, this has got to be some kind of twisted record.
Got to feel bad for the kid. Worked his way up to #2 on the depth chart only to have his season taken away. 3 high schoolers were sitting by me and they were from the same high school as him and they were pretty freaked out when they saw him injured on the turf. I can only wish him a speedy recovery and a shot to be a good running back next year.
need to know if we set the record for ACL tears over a year period.
Purdue has that, iirc.
This has already been posted, multiple times. I swear this board is becoming a "who can post news first" site.
Best wishes and a speedy recovery. I got to know Drake a little last year as he and my son were neighbors/buds in West Quad. Good kid. Tough break.
What a shame. Hope he gets well soon.
Moral of the story: Quit putting key players on special teams!
in college a lot of schools play regulars on ST because games turn easy on these plays. but I still still wish we wouldnt play certain regulars unless they are return specialist
But you need fast guys to play in kick coverage to get downfield and make the tackle. There's no perfect solution. You don't want to play the starters, most walk-ons probably aren't good enough and you don't want to burn a true freshman's redshirt just for kick coverage, so who do you put out there?
I think with way we recruiting we can play some freshmen on ST but I agree u need speed on that unit and if it's in the 2-deep then u have play them
How are you defining "key player"? He was what, our third tailback in the game? If you want to throw nothing but walk-ons out there on ST, we're probably going to get burned at some point.
he was the second back in the game.