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3rd year Michigan football star looking for an improved role

Michigan football has a star in many areas of the game right now.



Michigan football, Donovan Edwards, JJ McCarthy, Blake Corum, Michigan Wolverines offense
Dec 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Donovan Edwards (7) runs against Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Nolan Smith (4) during the fourth quarter in the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into the 2023 college football season, few players have the immense expectations that 3rd year Michigan football star running back Donovan Edwards does. After having a breakout year in 2022, Edwards and the Michigan Wolverines’ offense — who will be led by junior Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy — are primed to take the nation by storm. That said, with a crowded RB room and little proven receiving depth, it appears that Edwards may be in search of a revamped role with the Maize and Blue.

Michigan football running back Donovan Edwards is a dual-threat weapon for the Michigan Wolverines’ offense.

Blake Corum is going to be RB1 for Michigan football this year — simple as that. Last year, Corum would have likely been in New York by season’s end if it weren’t for a season-ending knee injury in Week 12 against the Illinois Fighting Illini; in fact, Donovan Edwards even says that he wishes his time to shine came under different circumstances.

The Michigan Wolverines’ offense and Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy could use some help when it comes to wide receiver depth this fall, and according to Donovan Edwards, he is worth one of the opposition’s top cornerbacks when he lines up out wide.

“I’m the best dual-threat running back,” said the 3rd year Michigan football star, per Pro Football Focus. “I’ll catch a ball 50 yards down the field, over the shoulder. I’ll be the best slot receiver in the country if I was really mastering that craft, which I am this year. You can’t put a linebacker or safety on me. Shoot, you might have to double-team me or put your best corner on me. You can’t look at my game and go, ‘Oh, that’s weak.’

“… I believe I will revolutionize the game and the position. This is the perfect time for me because the NFL wants running backs who can catch. If the NFL wants a linebacker on me, good luck with that. I don’t care who you are. Good luck guarding me. I see all the stuff right now with how the running backs aren’t getting paid. I believe that I’ll get paid for how I play the game.”

Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy needs all of the help that he can get throughout the coming 2023 season, and with the running back room looking as loaded as it has ever been, there is a good chance that fans will get to see 3rd year Michigan football star Donovan Edwards lined up out wide catching passes downfield — something that opposing defenses may have to spend the entire week game planning around.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.