Latest Posts

Blake Corum injury: Michigan star RB, Heisman contender to miss rest of season with Wolverines in contention

- Advertisement -

Michigan running back Blake Corum will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury requiring surgery, according to 247Sports’ Sam Webb. Corum was a Heisman Trophy candidate prior to an injury he sustained against the Illinois on November 19.

Corum tried to play in Michigan’s 45-23 win over Ohio State last week but was out after two early game carries. In Corum’s absence against the Buckeyes, Donovan Edwards rushed for 216 yards and had two touchdowns, one for 75 yards and the other for 85, late in the game.

- Advertisement -

The No. 2 Wolverines will play Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, with many expecting them to be part of the college football playoffs for the second straight season. That means Michigan could play up to three more games this season without the player who has been the centerpiece of their offense.

- Advertisement -

Corum rushed for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry as Michigan leads this season after sharing duties with Hassan Haskins last season. He passed the 100-yard rush in all eight Michigan Big Ten games prior to the Ohio State contest.

next player

- Advertisement -

Replacing Corum will not be easy, although Edwards is quite capable of handling the increased workload. The sophomore has 687 yards and six touchdowns on 92 carries this season, while also catching 16 passes for 188 yards and scoring two goals. At 6 feet tall, Edwards is four inches taller than Corum but runs in the same aggressive style. In addition to his monstrous performance against Ohio State, Edwards also put on a huge play in the Wolverine’s second-biggest win of the season, when he rushed for 173 yards and had two touchdowns against Pennsylvania State on October 15.

After Edwards, Michigan will likely rely on real freshman CJ Stokes for backfield help. A former three-star prospect, Stokes has rushed 55 times for 273 yards this season. Most of his work came early in the year against lackluster non-conference Wolverine opposition, but he rushed 11 times for 36 yards against Illinois and Corum was hampered by an injury.

Corum’s absence in the postseason could also mean that McCarthy continues to play an increasingly important role in what Michigan does offensively. The redshirted freshman was mostly a game manager this season, but he took his game to the next level against Ohio State with three long touchdowns.

Corum heritage

As a junior, Corum is eligible for the draft. However, he is not among the top running backs in the 2023 CBS Sports NFL Prospects. Whether he turns pro or returns to Michigan, he has cemented his place as a key figure in the program’s revival under coach Jim Harbaugh over the past two seasons. Despite Haskins leading the offense in 2021, Corum still played a key role on offense with 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, and the Wolverines finished 12-2, appearing in the CFP.

However, 2022 will be remembered as Corum’s true breakthrough season. Few forwards – and certainly very few running backs – take primary responsibility for their team’s success on this side of the ball. Yet Corum is as important as any individual performer this season. The injury will make it hard for him to win the Heisman – USC QB Caleb Williams seems to have fled with it at the end of the year – but his performance should at least earn an invitation to New York.



Source: www.cbssports.com

- Advertisement -

Latest Posts

Don't Miss