Michigan RB Blake Corum Will Return To Michigan For His Senior Season

Blake The Great…IS BACK!

Michigan running back Blake Corum, who was in the heart of the Heisman race last year before missing the final 3+ games of the season with a torn MCL and meniscus, has decided to return to Michigan for his final season. Not much else to say except HELL YES! Blake Corum is one of the most electrifying players that Michigan has seen in a long time. The dude is an absolute pinball, fast enough to find another gear and strong enough to break tackles. As much as I love watching him play, I did not expect him to come back to Michigan for his final season. The shelf life on running backs in the NFL is usually pretty short, and Corum was already coming off of an injury. There isn't a single Michigan fan alive who would've harbored resentment had Corum decided to go to the league. But alas, he's coming back for one more ride.

The last few weeks haven't been great for a Michigan football. They finished their 2022 campaign was a brutal performance against TCU, which ruined their chances at their first National Championship since 1997, and now they find themselves in limbo AGAIN with their head coach, who is once again flirting with the possibility of going to the NFL (he's set to interview with Denver this week.) Harbaugh is also under NCAA investigation for heinous crimes such as buying a recruit a hamburger. 

People have taken a lot of shots, but lost in all of this controversy is the fact that Michigan football is still in the best shape they've been in decades. They've lost one Big Ten game in the last two years, and they've been Ohio State soundly in back-to-back seasons. Harbaugh has been killing it in the transfer portal. Michigan will return many of the skill position players from a year ago, including J.J. McCarthy, who will be in his second full year under center as Michigan's quarterback. Their offensive line will reload, and, o yeah, they have two future NFL running backs in their backfield in Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards. That's not a bad luxury to have. 

As I mentioned in my blog about the Lions last night, with great success comes great expectations. Michigan has been the top dog in the Big Ten for two straight years, and they will be in the preseason top 5 next season, and they'll likely be the favorite to win the Big Ten and beat Ohio State for the third year in a row. Corum will be one of the preseason favorites for the Heisman as well. Michigan football and its fans are no strangers to high expectations, but 2023 will be different. It's National Championship or bust, regardless of who the head coach is. Are these expectations fair? Probably not. You often set yourself up for disappointment when the expectation is to be the last team standing, but Michigan has earned the right to those expectations, given how they've played the last two years. It's going to be a lot of fun. Welcome back, Blake.