On the offensive side of the ball, there will be plenty of competition at practically every single position on the field.
Take away who is starting at quarterback, or who will be catching passes from said quarterback, U-M still needs to figure out who is going to run the football.
With Drake Johnson returning to near-perfect health after a torn ACL, he will be another piece to the running back puzzle. Luckily for Johnson the competition stays healthy and everyone remains supportive despite knowing what is at stake this season.
“I don’t think anyone is trying to pull, what was it, the 1996 Olympics where the girl gets hit with the pole,” Johnson said. “I was watching that when I was growing up. You know, I think we’re all trying to help each other, we’re trying to help each other improve as a unit.”
U-M has been waiting for someone to step up and take the reigns permanently. Many thought Johnson would be that guy, but injury has slowed down that talk a bit. That won’t take away from what they have, though, the unit as a whole has nowhere to go but up.
“We’re trending upward I think is the best way to put it,” Johnson said. “You don’t want to be stagnant because someone will be getting better than you. You also don’t want to be trending downward and not try to help each other and play the secrecy game. I think there’s this flow of communication between us that really allows us to keep taking off. We’re like a plane taking off, we’re coming off the runway.
“We’re just trying to trend upward in a direction that takes Michigan football in a positive direction.”