Drake Johnson the pride of Pioneer High School has had a rough ride at U of M. He has blown out two ACL's and been run over by a fork lift in the track and field building. He has not seen the field this year and speculation was that he was going to try to get a 6th year. If there is anyone that deserves another year in college, it's Drake Johnson. Jimmy confirmed last night that they are going to seek approval for a 6th year for Drake. Michigan will lose Smith to graduation but will have a group of very good running backs including; Ty Isaac, Karan Higdon, Chris Evans, Kareem Walker, Kingston Davis, and the signees from the 2017 recruiting class.
We know Jimmy and Wheat like to use a number of running backs and having Drake on the team is a positive thing,even if there is plenty of options on the depth chart. I hope the Big Ten and NCAA approves this request.
TomVH has a nice update on Ambry Thomas who is one of the best instate athletes in this class and continues to be a high priority for Michigan. MSU says he is the top player on their board, which has to sound pretty good to a 17 year old. He also wants to try to take an official to Florida, Arizona, and Pitt before making his decision. He is planning on enrolling early, so a decision will have to come in the next month or so. This could be a Jourdan Lewis type of player and I hope he sees himself in that role in the future.
"There's a lot of opportunity for me up at Michigan State," Thomas said. "I would say right now Michigan and Michigan State have the lead and I can't tell which one leads out of the two. I know I can play early at MSU, but I know at Michigan they're winning and they're going to continue to win." Thomas said he feels Michigan can provide him a lot after football as well, but he also knows Michigan State is just having a bad year and will bounce back.
- Jimmy says that Mike Onwenu will stay on offense.
- Last weekend visitor OL Aaron Banks will announce between December 4th and December 18th.
I forget to include the look ahead in Monday's Post, so I have included it today!
Iowa is 5-4 with their best win coming over Minnesota. Their worst loss was against NSDU (which is a pretty good team) they also beat Rutgers 14-7.
Rushing Yards rank: 93rd
Passing Yards rank: 106th
Points For: 82th
Points Against: 24th