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Michigan RB Johnson out for season

Wolverines keep eye on historic Notre Dame match-up; Freshman tore ACL Saturday in opener against Central Michigan.


Michigan's Drake Johnson (20) tackles Central Michigan's Jason Wilson (14) during the season opener Saturday.


ANN ARBOR -- Michigan running back Drake Johnson will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL on Saturday, the athletic department said in a release today.

Johnson, a freshman, was listed at No. 2 at running back on Michigan's depth chart prior to Saturday's season opener against Central Michigan. Johnson had two carries for nine yards before he was injured in the second half of the 59-9 win over the Chippewas.

No. 17 Michigan (1-0) hosts No. 14 Notre Dame (1-0) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

A day after Notre Dame’s football coach described - and potentially downplayed - the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry, Michigan coach Brady Hoke expressed his own perspective of the rivalry.

And when Hoke was asked about how he interpreted Kelly’s comments, the third-year Wolverines coach declined to add fuel to the fire

“It is for us,” Hoke said today of the historic significance of the rivalry, during his weekly press conference at Michigan. “Everybody looks at everything differently.”

Michigan hosts Notre Dame at 8 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium, the 41st meeting between the two teams and the final tilt between the Irish and the Wolverines in Ann Arbor until the two schools agree to resume the rivalry series.

In a teleconference Sunday with reporters, Kelly said he didn’t regard the rivalry as a historic or traditional rivalry for his school or for his program.

“I’ve seen it as one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played,” Kelly said. “For me, I’ve been in Michigan a long time so I’ve always felt that the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a big regional game, but in the Notre Dame history books, this game has played itself.”


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