Unable to crack the lineup for most of the season, Johnson's reps increased in practice following the clavicle injury to sophomore Derrick Green. Then, when sophomore De'Veon Smith exited Saturday's win over the Hoosiers with an injury of his own, Johnson had his chance to make an impact.
And boy did he do just that.
Between Smith and junior Jusitce Hayes, the Wolverines tailbacks carried the football 13 times for 42-yards. Johnson received 16 carries finishing with 122-yards and two touchdowns, including a 16-yard rush to seal the game in the fourth quarter.
Now heading to Northwestern Saturday afternoon, Johnson is expected to play a major role for Michigan for the second week in a row.
Josh Newkirk and Kyle Bogenschutz discuss Johnson's big day and what it could mean for the Wolverines with three games to go, and take a closer look at Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats.