Michigan true freshman running back Kareem Walker is progressing in the classroom, will redshirt this season

Michigan head coach says true freshman running back Kareem Walker is progressing in the classroom and is expected to redshirt this season.

Saturday was the first time all season that true freshman running back Kareem Walker had been seen on the sidelines.

A few weeks ago, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that Kareem Walker should be staying away from football and focusing solely on academics for the time being to get things on track.

If Saturday's appearance on the sidelines was any indication, things appear to be progressing in the right direction. However, don't expect Walker to see the field this season.

"Kareem and I talked on Friday and it's going really well right now," Harbaugh said. "It's a positive right now, we'll see. Since it is going so well, it's something we'll continue to do. At this point, he would redshirt this year. The main focus is to see him excited about class and he's having success and doing well, we'll see how it goes."

For the time being, Harbaugh says that Walker is still doing light team activities to keep him in football shape as he progresses in the classroom. Things continue to trend in the right direction with Harbaugh noting an excitement level with Walker that he hasn't seen before.

"He's also physically training and working out with the team," Harbaugh said. "There was an excitement and an enthusiasm that he has right now about academics and school that's been a real shot up in that regard. We'll see, we'll see. Right now, very positive."

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