ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Dealing with injuries throughout his career at Michigan, Drake Harris looked at one point like he may never see the field in his college career. But after a strong off-season, where he rehabbed his hamstring, the redshirt freshman has earned a spot in the wide receiver rotation.
"It was tough battling an injury and not being able to go out there and play with my friends, just playing the game I love," Harris said. "It was hard. I didn't have any doubt that I wasn't going to come back."
Harris, who has two catches this season, reflected on his first game appearance at Utah, which was his first meaningful game action since suiting for Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian during junior his season of high school.
"It was just excitement," Harris said. "I couldn't sleep the night before. I think that's everyone, I think you love the game so much - that you just can't wait to get out there on the field. That's what we do, we practice Monday through Friday. and Saturday's we're going to go out there and play."
Adding: "It was just excitement, not being able to play for the past couple years, that added on to it a little bit more."
Now, Harris says he is fully healthy, and admits it took a lot off-season work to catch the eye of coach Jim Harbaugh during fall camp.
"I was just playing well, working hard, doing everything he told me to do" Harris said. "And studying, studying my butt off every night. I was just working hard making plays during camp."
As far as his injury, Harris says it's a thing of the a past.
"I'm pass that point, I don't even think about it anymore," Harris said. "I mean, I haven't had any problems with it since second week of spring ball. The whole rest of the spring, summer I felt fine. Until now, this is the best I've felt since the injury."
Michigan (1-1) plays host to UNLV (0-2) on Saturday at noon ET.