Michigan Football: Drake Johnson to Wear the Coveted No. 20 Jersey

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIJune 27, 2013

Apr 13, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Drake Johnson (29) runs the ball during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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A recent look at Michigan's official football roster reveals that a significant number change has taken place: Drake Johnson will no longer be wearing the No. 29 jersey. He will now be donning the coveted No. 20 jersey.

It certainly doesn't have the significance that the No. 1 or No. 2 jerseys have, but Mike Hart helped make this number special.

There's no question that Hart is immediately who fans everywhere think of when they associate the No. 20 jersey with Michigan football.

Because Hart holds the all-time rushing record at Michigan, everyone who wears that jersey after him may be held to a bit of a higher standard.

They obviously won't be compared to Hart, though, as that's just not fair. They may, however, be looked at a bit differently by fans.

This is what brings us to Drake Johnson. I don't think these coaches would just hand out this jersey to anybody, so it goes to show you what head coach Brady Hoke thinks about this young running back.

During his redshirt year last season, Johnson probably did enough in practice and on the scout team to earn this number.

Heck, praises for Johnson already began during bowl practices last year, as there was talk of him making an appearance in the Outback Bowl.

However, his redshirt year would have been lost as a result, so Johnson never played.

Still, it has to make fans excited when thinking about what he can bring to the table this year. There's no question that he'll play a role in this backfield, even if he does start out behind Fitz Toussaint and Derrick Green.

Other than those two, though, Johnson could see the most action of any running back. He can run between the tackles in this pro-style offense, yet he also possesses breakaway speed that often separates the good running backs from the great ones.

His skill set should provide plenty of exciting plays in this offense. Johnson is a guy who could provide a spark when brought into the game, which will seemingly be often.

After all, he probably wasn't given the No. 20 jersey for nothing.