Ohio State fan in coma asked if he likes Michigan and replies 'no'

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Ohio State fan Zach Lawrence was in a car accident in the republic of Georgia in March, and he was in a coma when he returned to Columbus, Ohio in April.

Doctors gave Lawrence a cognitive test, according to The Columbus Dispatch. They asked him to press a "yes" or "no" button to answer the question of whether he liked Michigan. He pressed "no" twice.

“He always makes a face when we mention Michigan,” his wife Meghan told The Columbus Dispatch. “We’re pretty sure he’s in there.”

Doctors initially said that the chances of Lawrence waking up were slim, but he has made progress in his recovery at Ohio State's rehabilitation hospital. Lawrence can now open his eyes and smile. He can also stand on a treadmill and give a thumbs up.

His treatment is being paid for by insurance on a week-to-week basis and he must show progress every week to stay in the program, according to the Dispatch. His family is hoping he can show enough progress to have his time extended.

This year's game between Ohio State and Michigan will be played in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 25.

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