Johnson Eyeing More Carries, Talks Recovery

Michigan RB Drake Johnson discusses his role in U-M's offense and his road to recovery form his second torn ACL.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –Drake Johnson is an optimist.

Why? Well, coming off two torn ACL’s in his left knee, Johnson never looked back, always striving to get on the field in 2015, no matter what it took. And while the doctors told him to “take it slow” in his second rehab stint, spending nine months compared to six -- the his first time he injured his knee -- Johnson is back and ready to go for the Wolverines this fall.

Now, he’s striving to get back his starting role that was is before injuring his knee at Ohio State last fall.

“I think every running back really strives to start,” Johnson said. “No one likes ‘Oh, I want to be second place.’ You know? But whatever the coaches tell me to do, I’m going to do. Whatever role they ask me to play, I’m going to play. But I think everyone wants to be – the guy.”

Adding: “Whoever plays, plays.”

Johnson, who has only 11 carries for 57 yards this season, made his first appearance against Oregon State, and has seen his carries increase these past three games. But could he get more carries? Does he even think he’s healthy enough to carry the ball more?

“How do I feel personally? They could give me the ball 25 times and I would be fine,” Johnson said. “But it hasn’t happened yet, so I don’t know. I could be saying that right, but then they could put in the game 25 times and then I could be like ‘Oh crap! That really hurt!’ So obviously there is that need to ease into this.”

After injuring his knee at Ohio State, Johnson says he went for drive, listening to slow jams to help ease him through another injury. He tells his story dating from his injury and his road to recovery in the video provided below.

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