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Michigan football: Donovan Edwards is more than just an elite ball carrier

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh loves his rising junior running back.



Michigan football, Donovan Edwards, Jim Harbaugh
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Donovan Edwards (7) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 Michigan football roster is loaded. From top to bottom, the Maize and Blue offense is one of the best in the land and could potentially lead the program to its first national title since 1997. Earlier this month, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh had the chance to speak about Edwards and his role with Michigan. You will definitely want to see what Harbaugh had to say about this elite offensive threat.

Donovan Edwards can do it all for Michigan football

Despite having a knee injury and a broken hand in later weeks during the 2022 season, Donovan Edwards was impressive. The sophomore running back not only carried the ball for over 160 yards against Penn State, over 200 against Ohio State, and 185 against Purdue, but he also proved to be a consistent down-field receiving threat.

This fall, Edwards will be fully healed and ready to go. According to Jim Harbaugh, Edwards is more than just an elite ball carrier for the Maize and Blue.

“His touches could come as we can hand him the ball off, we could toss it to him, we could throw it to him,” Harbaugh said, according to ON3. “He’s definitely somebody that we gotta get the ball to, he’s gotta eat because it makes us better, makes us more dangerous.”

2023 Michigan offense is looking elite

Following Harbaugh’s comments about Edwards and his versatile presence on offense, the head coach of Michigan football pointed out the exceptional quality of the rest of the offense. It doesn’t matter who you are covering, as there will always be someone open or available on this offense.

“That’s hard for a defense to defend that many playmakers,” Jim Harbaugh explained. “And then JJ, somebody’s gonna handle the ball every down and there’s other guys too … So a creative way to get all those people the ball and something we’re gonna have to be good at game planning for and holding ourselves accountable to it too. I’m already thinking of after Game 1 Sunday, get together, and I want to be able to say that each one of those guys had that many targets or that had that many touches.”

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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.