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Michigan football running back room ranked No. 1 in the country by major outlet

The elite Michigan football running back room was recently ranked as the No. 1 group in the entire nation.



Michigan football running back room, Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards
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The Michigan Wolverines football program boasts a formidable running back lineup, led by the dynamic duo of Blake Corum, a rising senior, and Donovan Edwards, a rising junior. Their collective talent has caught the attention of On3, who recently ranked Michigan’s RB room as the best in the nation.

But that’s not all — the Big Ten conference, home to Michigan and other top college football programs, is dominating the rankings. Of the top five RB rooms in the country, three of them hail from the Big Ten, showcasing the conference’s depth and talent on the field. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the athletes and coaches and a source of pride for fans across the conference. The Penn State Nittany Lions (3) and Ohio State Buckeyes (4) also made the cut.

Michigan football running back room ranked No. 1 in the country

The Michigan Wolverines had an incredible 2022 season, finishing No. 3 in the nation with an impressive 13-1 record, a Big Ten championship, and more. Although they narrowly missed out on a spot in the national title game after a heartbreaking 6-point loss in the Fiesta Bowl, the Wolverines showed the country what they were capable of.

While the loss was tough, it is widely thought that the absence of star running back Blake Corum played a role. However, rising star Donovan Edwards stepped up in the previous two games, proving that he can hang with the best of them. Edwards rushed for over 200 yards at Ohio State and nearly 190 yards in the conference title game, demonstrating his incredible talent and determination.

As the Wolverines head into the 2023 season, their running back room is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Both Corum and Edwards have been ranked in the top 10 nationally, and the Michigan football running back room as a whole was recently ranked No. 1 by On3 Sports. It’s a well-deserved honor for these talented athletes and their hardworking coaches, and a promising sign for Michigan fans everywhere.

The Wolverines RB room is a three-headed monster

While Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards are undoubtedly two of the top running backs in the country, Michigan’s backfield is deeper than just these two speedsters. The Wolverines also have the massive Benjamin Hall, a true freshman running back who weighs in at nearly 240 pounds. Hall provides a powerful short-yardage option and will help keep Corum and Edwards fresh throughout the season.

During the spring game, Hall impressed with his bruising style of play, dragging defenders and breaking tackles on his way to a standout performance. With this three-headed monster of talented running backs, Michigan boasts one of the strongest rushing attacks in the game, as we saw in the dominant performances of the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

The Wolverines have all the pieces in place for another successful season, and their running back room is a key part of that equation. With Corum, Edwards, and Hall leading the way, Michigan’s ground game will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season.

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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 as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.