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Could Blake Corum make a return to Michigan in 2023?

As Michigan’s 13-1 season comes to a close, the junior hinted that his time in Ann Arbor may not be over just yet.

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As all Michigan fans have seen by now, Blake Corum claims he is “50/50” on returning for his senior season in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines’ Heisman contender may not be finished in the Maize and Blue just yet, but would coming back actually make sense?

Decision should come down to draft stock

Throughout the 2022 Michigan football season, one thing has reigned true: Blake Corum is one of (if not the) best players in college football. Through 10.5 games, Corum compiled over 1,400 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, all while keeping his name in the Heisman conversation.

There are few players that have as big of an impact on the game as Corum did this year — both on and off the field. If Corum is to return, it would be a massive addition to an already-loaded 2023 Michigan football team.

At the end of the day, regardless of the circumstances or my personal feeling towards Corum’s choice, it is exactly that: Blake Corum’s choice. The Wolverines’ standout running back should do what is best for him, which will likely come down to his NFL draft stock.

Corum may not be what the NFL is looking for

In today’s NFL, running backs are more or less dispensable. They have a far shorter shelf life than other, more valuable positions, such as quarterback, and there is a plethora of running back talent on the market.

Over the past few seasons, we have seen running backs come and go all over the league — they’re easily replaceable and carry far less valuable than wide receivers, quarterbacks, or even offensive linemen. The NFL is no longer a running back’s league; instead, modern professional football is about speed and skill.

Don’t get me wrong; Blake Corum is an amazing talent and a fantastic running back. At the college level, he is one of the most impactful players in the sport and should be a favorite for the Heisman if he is to return in 2023.

That being said, he might find the transition into the NFL challenging. For starters, Corum is a smaller back — he stands at 5-foot, 8-inches, and weighs in at 210 lbs. While it is not impossible to make a name for yourself in the NFL at his size, it is hard to pull off.

Corum also tore his meniscus against Illinois in Michigan’s nail-biting 19-17 win back in late November. 2022 marks the second straight season that Blake Corum has missed time due to injury, which is not something that NFL scouts will like to see.

Where will Blake Corum fall?

An undersized, frequently hurt running back is in low demand. While I could see someone gambling on him early, I don’t think it is likely, and therefore Corum could be taking a significant pay cut.

As funny as it may be, Blake Corum is not even the most-touted running back in his class according to PFF. That title belongs to Bijan Robinson out of Texas.

Corum is by far a better college running back than Robinson, though Robinson fits the mold that NFL teams are looking for right now.

According to the NFL Mock Draft Database, Blake Corum will not be a day-one guy, giving Corum a 1.8 percent chance of being drafted in the first round. The database projects Corum will go No. 70 overall (Rd. 3) and has his best-case scenario at No. 33 (Rd. 2).

Does it make sense for Blake Corum to stay?

I hate comparing athletes from two different sports, but it feels too accurate not to do so in this scenario. Hunter Dickinson — Michigan basketball’s top player over the last 2.5 years — could have left after his freshman performance in 2020, yet he chose to stay. Why? Because he will make more money, develop more, and gain more publicity from staying at Michigan.

Corum is in a similar boat now, especially with the recent (and ever-growing) NIL funds and opportunities around Ann Arbor. The Wolverines could use Corum in 2023, and it looks like he could have a solid shot at the Heisman and potentially a National Championship.

At the end of the day, there are two sides to this story that both make sense. On one hand, the Wolverines’ star tailback could go pro, fulfilling a childhood dream and betting on himself at the next level. On the other, Blake Corum may want to stay, earn his degree, work on his game, and make a run at the Heisman and another Big Ten Championship/CFP berth in 2023.

I know what my preference is, but at the end of the day, I hope Corum chooses what is best for him and his path.

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Four-star Michigan football target expected to commit soon

This four-star Michigan football target is about to announce his commitment.

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The Wolverines are one of the five remaining teams for Brian Robinson, a blue-chip edge rusher from Ohio, who is reportedly close to making a college decision. Robinson, who was once a prominent four-star Michigan football target in the 2024 recruiting class, was initially strongly leaning towards Michigan, but now it appears to be more uncertain. His commitment would be a significant and unexpected acquisition for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

Four-star Michigan football target Brian Robinson close to a final call

According to recent reports, Brian Robinson is nearing a decision and aims to conclude his recruitment within the next week or so. Robinson is currently ranked as the No. 131 recruit in the 2024 recruiting class. Given that the Wolverines have recently lost a substantial amount of talent on the defensive side of the football, especially at edge rusher, Robinson could be a major addition for Jim Harbaugh.

It doesn’t appear that Robinson is favoring the Wolverines right now, although Michigan football recruiting has seen significant changes recently, so anything is possible. At one point this year, it seemed highly likely that Ann Arbor would be Robinson’s eventual destination; however, his recruitment has become much more complicated in recent months.

If Jim Harbaugh can land Robinson, it would be huge for the 2024 recruiting class

The remaining schools in contention, aside from Michigan football, are Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Penn State. According to the RPM, Robinson’s preferred landing spot right now is the Kentucky Wildcats, with the Maize and Blue firmly in contention at the No. 2 spot.

As per the On3 industry rankings, Robinson is a highly sought-after four-star Michigan football target, ranking as the No. 131 player nationally, the No. 9 edge rusher in the 2024 recruiting class, and the No. 5 player in the state of Ohio.



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Latest buzz on impressive Michigan football freshman wide receivers

Here is the latest buzz from Schembechler Hall regarding a few rising stars — these Michigan football freshman wideouts are impressive!

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The Wolverines’ wide receiver corps is led by Roman Wilson — the NCAA’s leader in touchdown catches (6) — and Cornelius Johnson. That said, below these two talented veterans are a number of impressive Michigan football freshman wideouts, who recently earned some high praise from wide receivers coach Ron Bellamy ahead of this weekend’s Big Ten conference opener against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-0).

Michigan football freshman wide receivers continue to impress

Unlike the previous two seasons, the Michigan football offense is really starting to air the ball out often this fall. Aside from an unimpressive game against Bowling Green, junior quarterback JJ McCarthy has been dominant this year, which is a trend he hopes to keep up during this week’s matchup against Rutgers.

Ron Bellamy gives the latest ahead of this week’s Big Ten opener

Among this year’s wide receiver corps are a number of Michigan football freshman standouts, who have been turning heads throughout fall camp and even into the first few games of the season. Yesterday, Ron Bellamy — Michigan’s WR coach — gave the latest on these rising star Wolverines.

“They’re doing well,” Ron Bellamy said of the Michigan football freshman wide receivers. “They’re doing well — you can’t treat them like freshmen. I tell them all the time, ‘Whoever we play, they’re not going to look across and say, ‘Oh, this is an 18-year-old freshman here; take it easy on him.’ No, they are going to be attacking like they would any other player.’ That has to be the mindset, and we don’t treat them like freshmen. Those guys are diligent about their craft. That’s the thing I like about them. And that’s why they’re getting opportunities. Those guys are constantly wanting to learn and making sure that they’re dialed in and detailed in everything that we do.”

Keep an eye out for these freshmen when Michigan football takes the field

Ideally, Michigan football won’t need to rely on these freshman wideouts just yet; however, if you start to see names like Semaj Morgan, Fredrick Moore, and others getting some notable in-game reps, don’t be too surprised. From the sound of things, it seems that the Wolverines are confident in many of these rising stars, and are looking to continue developing them into the next generation of elite offensive skill players to wear the Maize and Blue.



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Top analyst has an interesting message for Michigan football fans

Top analyst Joel Klatt has some interesting thoughts about Michigan football heading into the Wolverines’ Big Ten opener this weekend.

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Last weekend, the Maize and Blue won their third-straight game of the 2023 season, downing the Bowling Green State Falcons by 25 points at home. While JJ McCarthy and the offense struggled, the Wolverines are still undefeated heading into Big Ten conference play this weekend. Still, with Penn State and Ohio State playing great football right now, top college football analyst Joel Klatt has an interesting message for Michigan football fans — he thinks that folks in Ann Arbor should be “antsy” right now.

Joel Klatt has an interesting take for Michigan football fans

Sure, last weekend’s victory over Bowling Green wasn’t pretty; however, Ohio State and Penn State have both seen their fair share of struggles so far this year. In fact, even outside of the Big Ten conference, schools like Texas, Alabama, and even Georgia have not been looking like their usual selves lately. Still, Joel Klatt says that there should be some tension among the Michigan football fanbase due to recent lackluster play during the non-conference slate.

“With what’s going on in the Big Ten East, namely Penn State and Ohio State? I would feel antsy if I were you, Michigan fans,” Joel Klatt explained on his show, ‘The Joel Klatt Show.’ “The one thing that will derail your season faster than anything else is if JJ McCarthy starts to turn the ball over. That’s why I would be antsy.”

“I know you’re going to run the football fine, I really do. I’m pretty confident that the defense is going to play really well. The one unknown is how efficient can JJ (McCarthy) play? Now, he was really good a year ago until late. Obviously, the TCU game (last year’s College Football Playoff semi-final), it got a little bit loose, and guess what? They (Michigan football) lost.”

Thoughts on what Klatt said about the Wolverines heading into Big Ten conference play

Now, I am going to disagree with Joel Klatt a bit here in a few aspects. First off, Michigan football has not proven that it can run the football consistently yet, and the offensive line is yet to mesh. This idea that the rushing attack will be elite this year because it was last year is simply not true — it’s a hard thing to admit, but fans are yet to see the same bruising Wolverines that they did over the past two seasons. Not that it won’t develop, but so far, Michigan is not nearly as dominant on the ground as it was in 2021 and 2022.

Additionally, Klatt said that JJ McCarthy was good in 2022 until late in the season, which is really not that accurate. JJ McCarthy was not seen as a great quarterback until the Ohio State game hit — not to say that fans didn’t see the talent, but he struggled to really get things going consistently until the final three games of the year, including the Wolverines’ CFP loss.

Right now, Michigan football fans should not be too concerned, if you ask me. That said, as the weeks go by and the Penn State and Ohio State matchups get closer, we need to see more from the Wolverines. The fact of the matter is that, with Michigan’s schedule this year, the Maize and Blue can have many shortcomings and still begin the year 9-0 — it’s the final three games that will truly define the 2023 team, so long as they can avoid upset beforehand.


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