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Michigan football star gets disrespected in newest national player rankings

This Michigan football star undoubtedly deserves to be higher on this list.



Michigan football, Blake Corum
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Michigan football has experienced its share of highs and lows over the past decade. However, since Blake Corum assumed the role of RB1, the Wolverines have enjoyed remarkable success, securing two consecutive Big Ten titles and making two playoff appearances, among other achievements.

In the previous season, Corum emerged as a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy until a late-season injury forced him out of the game just before halftime against Illinois. Despite his significant contributions to the sport, Corum was unjustly overlooked in the latest national rankings.

Blake Corum gets snubbed in newest national rankings

Today, we celebrate the countdown of 100 days until the start of college football, and in honor of this milestone, On3 has unveiled its highly anticipated list of the top 100 players heading into the 2023 season. While the rankings feature numerous familiar faces and prominent stars from the Big Ten, it is disheartening to note the absence of a single Wolverine among the nation’s top 10. Even more surprising, Blake Corum, the standout player from Michigan football, barely made it into the top 15.

In these latest rankings, the Michigan football star claims the No. 14 spot overall and ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Interestingly, there is one Buckeye and two Nittany Lions ranked ahead of Corum. Such a positioning is perceived as a clear disregard for Corum’s exceptional talent and the Wolverines as a whole, especially considering his significant impact on the field.

During his recent season donning the Maize and Blue, Blake Corum demonstrated his versatility by carrying the ball 247 times, accumulating an impressive total of 1,463 yards, averaging an outstanding 5.9 yards per carry, and crossing the goal line 18 times. Moreover, he exhibited his prowess as a receiver, making 40 receptions for 294 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per catch, and contributing two additional touchdowns to his remarkable statistics.

As the upcoming season approaches, Michigan football has set its sights on nothing less than a national championship. For Blake Corum, this perceived lack of recognition serves as additional motivation as he returns from injury, aiming to capture national attention for the third consecutive season. The Wolverines and Corum are determined to prove any doubters wrong and make their mark on the college football landscape.

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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.