The Underestimated Recruit Who Became a Legend
Four years ago, Blake Corum arrived in Ann Arbor as a high-profile recruit, yet not many foresaw the heights he would reach. Despite his size, Corum was armed with an unwavering belief in himself and a relentless drive to improve daily. With the backing of a supportive coaching staff, including Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Herbert and Running Backs Coach Mike Hart, Corum’s journey is a testament to determination and hard work.
From Gadget Player to Elite Running Back
Corum’s Michigan career began modestly. In his freshman year, he was primarily used in gadget plays and as a supporting player on offense. However, the spark of his potential was evident. His sophomore year marked a significant transformation; he exploded onto the scene, playing a pivotal role behind Hassan Haskins during Michigan’s historic 2021 season. This included their first College Football Playoff appearance and a long-awaited victory over Ohio State.
2022: The Rise of a Star
2022 marked the emergence of Blake Corum as the uncontested leader of Michigan’s backfield. Alongside quarterback J.J. McCarthy, he steered the team with remarkable skill and leadership. His performance was so stellar that he was on track for the Heisman Trophy before an unfortunate injury in the Illinois game. Despite missing crucial games, Corum ended the season with over 1,400 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns.
The Decision That Shocked the World
In a move that stunned many, Corum opted out of the NFL draft to play one more season at Michigan. Joined by teammates like Zak Zinter and Trevor Keegan, his goal was clear: to claim the Big Ten AND a national championship.
A Legacy Cemented
Now, as Corum approaches the end of his Michigan career, his achievements are monumental. He leaves behind an indelible mark, having played his final game at the Big House with a spectacular performance against Ohio State, leading Michigan to a flawless 12-0 regular season and a third consecutive Big Ten championship appearance. With 22 rushing touchdowns this season, he not only sets a new Michigan single-season record but also edges closer to breaking Anthony Thomas’s career record for rushing touchdowns.
The Final Stretch: Defining a Legend
The upcoming games in the Big Ten Championship and potentially the College Football Playoff and National Championship are more than just games for Corum; they are the final chapters of a storied college career. These moments will determine where he stands in the pantheon of Michigan football legends. As he steps onto the field, Corum isn’t just playing for victory; he’s solidifying his legacy as potentially one of the greatest Michigan football players of all time.