Michigan Football: Wolverines lose RB Drake Johnson for season

Michigan's RB depth takes a hit as it loses Drake Johnson

9/2/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Michigan's backfield jumped out to a hot start to the 2013 season as it compiled 242 yards on the ground in a 59-9 blowout win over Central Michigan, but not everything good came from those 47 rushing attempts. Blog Photo - Michigan Football: Wolverines lose RB Drake Johnson for season

Coach Brady Hoke said in an official statement that backup running back Drake Johnson suffered a torn ACL early during the game and will miss the remainder of the season.

"You just hate it for Drake, but he's as tough as anyone on this football team, and he will make it back from this," said Hoke. "He worked so hard through his redshirt season and had a really good camp in backup in Fitz [Toussaint], not to mention he was a really valuable special teams player for us."

So how does Michigan's depth look at the position? On paper, it's still pretty good.

Fitzgerald Toussaint is without doubt the team's go-to at running back, but will split some time with former five-star recruit Derrick Green—both combined for 25 carries on Saturday's season opener.

We can also expect redshirt sophomore Justice Hayes and junior Thomas Rawls to see some sporadic playing time in Johnson's absence, while freshman De'Veon Smith continues to vie for action.

Either way, it's always nice to have a strong depth chart in terms of ball carriers in a Brake Hoke offense—there were a total of 11 players to run the ball for the Wolverines in 2012, and eight saw action from the backfield against the Chippewas over the weekend.

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