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Early 2023 Heisman odds for Michigan running back Blake Corum

Blake Corum is returning to Ann Arbor to run it back with his Wolverines. Here are his odds to be Michigan’s first Heisman winner since 1997.



Nov 19, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes in the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After Blake Corum went down with a knee injury against Illinois, no one was sure that we would see him take another snap in the Winged Helmet. Corum managed to play a down or two in the Wolverines’ 45-23 win over Ohio State; however, it was limited, and our last memories of Corum were him on crutches watching from the sidelines.

Two weeks ago, Michigan football fans found out that Corum’s time in Ann Arbor is not over just yet; in fact, the Wolveirnes’ star running back has one more season left in him. Behind quarterback JJ McCarthy will be rising junior Donovan Edwards and rising senior Blake Corum — the two will combine to make the best running back duo in the nation for the second-straight season.

Now, as we look to transition from the 2022 college football season into the pending season this fall, let’s see where Corum’s early Heisman odds land.

Blake Corum: Heisman contender yet again?

In 2022, Blake Corum rushed for over 1,460 yards on 247 attempts (5.9 average) and 18 touchdowns. In one half against Illinois — who boasted a top-3 defense at the time — Corum alone racked up over 140 total yards before leaving the game with a knee injury in the 2nd quarter.

Now, Corum is seeking revenge after being snubbed from the Heisman race due to his injury. The Wolverines’ star back opened with the highest non-quarterback odds to win the Heisman Trophy; additionally, Corum sits just outside of the top-10 right now.

Blake Corum odds to win Heisman

As the 11th player up the betting odds for Heisman, no one is counting the rising senior out just yet. There is a chance that Corum gets less attention than he did in 2022 due to JJ McCarthy’s development and sharing reps with Donovan Edwards, yet with Corum’s talent, nothing is off the table.

Blake Corum currently has 33/1 odds to become Michigan’s first Heisman winner since Charles Woodson in 1997. Here are the 10 candidates in front of him so far:

  1. Drake Maye (UNC) 5/1
  2. Caleb Williams (USC) 6/1
  3. Jordan Travis (FSU) 10/1
  4. Bo Nix (Oregon) 12/1
  5. Michael Penix jr (Washington) 12/1
  6. Sam Hartman (Notre Dame) 12/1
  7. Joe Milton (Tennessee) 20/1
  8. Quinn Ewers (Texas) 25/1
  9. Cade Klubnik (Clemson) 25/1
  10. Spencer Rattler (South Carolina) 40/1

I may not be the biggest fan of this list — mainly because it has names like Spencer Rattler and Joe Milton on it — but only time will tell. Now, Blake Corum and the Wolverines need to go out and shock the world yet again.

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