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Injury status update: Junior Colson, Will Johnson expected to be 100% by fall

Two key Wolverines should be healthy again by the Wolverines’ home opener this fall.



Michigan football, Jesse Minter, Junior Colson, Will Johnson
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Junior Colson (25) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, MI — The Michigan Wolverines are currently in the thick of spring football, and with that, some new injuries have emerged. One of the main injuries that fans were aware of was star cornerback Will Johnson, who will be tasked with leading the Wolverines’ young defensive backfield this fall. Another is linebacker Junior Colson, who is also expected to have a breakout season this fall and help lead a loaded Michigan football defense. On Tuesday, Michigan fans received some good news from Michigan football defensive coordinator Jesse Minter: both young men should be good to go by the Wolverines’ opener in the fall.

Michigan football defensive coordinator claims that Johnson, Colson should be good to go by fall opener

Will Johnson is rated among the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten, and Junior Colson is among the Wolverines’ best defensive players. Both men are currently not at 100%, though Michigan football defensive coordinator Jesse Minter expects to have them back by the fall.

A season ago, Will Johnson had a breakout season as a true freshman, recording 27 tackles, three interceptions, and three passes defended. Earning All-American honors by season’s end is not out of the question for the rising sophomore as he enters his first year as a full-time starter in the Maize and Blue.

Junior Colson is another standout name that Michigan football fans are well acquainted with. Colson has played a solid role on two Michigan football Big Ten title-winning teams (2021, 2022) and looks to contribute even more to a potential third-straight Big Ten title run this fall. During his time in the Maize and Blue, Colson has recorded 150 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, and one fumble recovery.

If the Michigan football defense wants to make a splash this year, both of these Wolverine standouts will need to be at their best; from the sound of things, both should be good to go by the fall.

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