After finally paying his dues and earning his way to a starting job late last fall, Johnson’s season once again ended in disappointment as he tore the same ACL he injured previously against Ohio State after a touchdown run.
Now, as a senior, Johnson is back for one last shot at proving he belongs. However, most importantly, he’s healthy, too.
“In terms of my recovery it’s going well,” Johnson said. “I’m running, I’m cutting, I’m jumping and everything. I’m keeping the swelling down from my knee, which is huge. I’m going into the season confident it’ll go well.”
What can’t Johnson do right now?
“I think running, cutting and jumping is pretty much everything,” Johnson said with a smile.
How about contact? Will Johnson be ready to go for fall camp?
“We’ll see,” Johnson said. “I’ll talk to the trainers, they’ll tell me.”
For now, the status of whether Johnson is able to play in U-M’s first game against Utah remains up in the air. For recovery sake and not getting back too soon, Johnson knows that his availability for week one isn’t his decision to make. At least not now.
“It’s not my determination,” Johnson said. “I will practice as hard as I can, as best as I can. I’ll leave it up to the coaching staff, the training staff if I’m good to go.”