Zac Johnson a walk-on with U of M football 8.8

Written by David Green.

He’s in; he made the cut.

There’s going to be a familiar face on the sidelines at the University of Michigan’s home football games this season after recent Morenci graduate Zac Johnson learned he’s a member of the Wolverine squad.

Johnson began practicing this week as a preferred walk-on and wearing his number 19 for media day photos. As long as he maintains his position in the top 105 members of the team, he should be dressing for home games.

A good showing at the Wolverine summer camp for high school players helped pave the way. Johnson produced one of the fastest 40-yard sprint times at camp.

He’s also had the help of Morenci Superintendent of Schools Kyle Griffith in making connections with the coaching staff.

“Mr. Griffith and I have been talking with [UM offensive coordinator] Mike DeBord since my sophomore year,” Johnson said.

They’ve also kept close connections with Adrian native Brad Labadie who serves as Director of Football Operations for UM and coordinates recruiting efforts for this area of Michigan.

Johnson and his father, Eric, attended UM’s spring practice. That’s when Johnson had his first opportunity to speak with head coach Lloyd Carr.

Johnson says he’s quite certain he will be red-shirted this season, leaving four more years of eligibility. That will work out fine, because he expects to spend five years at school earning an engineering degree.

The Wolverine coaching staff is considering Johnson as a defensive back/wide receiver prospect.

“I’m hoping to play safety,” he said.

 

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