Michigan Football: Harbaugh On Newsome Redshirt, Johnson Retirement

John Borton, Senior Editor

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Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh was on hand to honor retiring U-M hockey coach Red Berenson. But Harbaugh also dropped some football information.

Harbaugh described Berenson as a "great player, a great coach … a great man." He talked about Berenson never sugarcoating anything, and noted: "You always knew where you stood with him."

As for his own team, Harbaugh noted:

• Sophomore offensive tackle Grant Newsome will likely not be performing for the Wolverines this fall. He indicated there have been difficulties with Newsome's recovery from a severe knee injury early in the 2016 season, and that he expects Newsome to return in 2018, rather than 2017.

• Running back Drake Johnson will not be returning to the Michigan team this fall. Johnson has suffered a variety of injuries over the course of his career, the last involving getting run over by a forklift in Michigan's track building. Harbaugh said Johnson made the decision to not return to football.

• Harbaugh also noted Michigan's defense has been getting the better of the Wolverines' offense in spring ball, despite the defense losing much of its starting personnel in the offseason. The Wolverines return plenty of talent on the defensive side, and there have been a number of reports about the defense bedeviling the offense at times. Michigan's spring game is Saturday.


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