UM RB Walker making strides, likely headed for redshirt

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Kareem Walker

Ann Arbor – Michigan freshman running back Kareem Walker hasn’t see the field this season – and probably won’t.

Instead, Walker, ranked the nation’s No. 2 running back in 2016 by, has dedicated himself to academics, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pleased. Harbaugh said Walker likely will redshirt.

“Kareem and I talked on Friday, and it’s going really well right now,” Harbaugh said Monday. “It’s a positive, and we’ll see.

“Since it is going so well, I think that’s something we’ll continue to do, and at this point he would redshirt this year. The main focus (is on academics). To see him excited about class, and he’s having success and he’s doing well, we’ll see how it goes. But he’s also physically training and working out with the team. There was an excitement, an enthusiasm he has right now about academics and school. He’s shot up in that regard.”

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In other personnel news, defensive lineman Bryan Mone, who has not played since suffering an injury in the season opener, is closer to returning.

“Hopeful for this game,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see today (in practice). Practice this week and possibility he plays in the game.”

Running back Drake Johnson missed the first three games of the season but was on the sideline in uniform for the Penn State game.

“He had a soft tissue injury that came up before the first game and he’s worked his way back, practiced last week,” Harbaugh said. “Getting back to action.”