Drake Harris isn’t competing, but he remains optimistic.

The freshman wide receiver injured his right hamstring earlier in spring practice and is being very careful.

“I think I’m probably going to sit out for the rest of the spring because there’s only a few more practices and the game,” the Grand Rapids product said this week, after enrolling in January to get a head start. “There’s nothing major. I’m just getting strong in the weight room to get back.”

This right hamstring injury is different than the one that kept him out for his senior year at Grand Rapids Christian and isn’t nearly as severe. Harris expects that after a few weeks of rest following spring practice and the end of the semester, he should be able to resume workouts when he returns to Ann Arbor.

“It’s pretty frustrating,” he said, adding it’s “pretty tender” and he will “take it slow” on his recovery. “But I played basically the whole spring and learned a lot. I just have to stay focused and keep positive.”

At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, this spring featured Harris’ first contact drills since last August so it’s quite a long time off without competitive football.

“It’s a lot different,” he said of the change from high school. “The game is more up tempo. Everyone’s fast. Everyone’s fast at this level. It’s more the mental part, you’ve got to out think everyone and just do your assignment.”

But the four-star recruit has no doubt he’ll be able to contribute and already showed some of those flashes with a few touchdowns this spring, he said.

“I have good hands, I can stretch the field, I’m a pretty big wide receiver and once I get back with my hamstring being better I have pretty good speed,” he said.