Blake Corum Injury Update: Michigan RB uncertain for Ohio State knee injury vs. Illinois

A week before one of the biggest games of college football, Michigan fans collectively held their breath when the team’s star running back fell to the ground with an injury.

Blake Corum was injured in the second quarter of the Wolverines’ game against Illinois at Michigan Stadium. He was tackled on the sidelines and immediately grabbed his left knee. He went to the dressing room just as quickly.

Corum has emerged as a 2022 Heisman Trophy candidate. He became the first Michigan player to hit a rushing touchdown in 11 different games. per ESPN stats and info. Corum is fourth on the FBS with 134.9 rushing yards per game and second with 17 rushing touchdowns. He has rushed for 1,349 yards with 227 carries.

Against Illinois, he had 17 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He carried for 5 yards once in the second half but then went and didn’t return.

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Here’s the latest on Corum’s injury.

Blake Corum injury update

It seems Corum avoided the worst. Michigan coach Jim Harbaught told reporters after the game that Corum’s knee was structurally sound “which is good news.” according to Alejandro Zúñiga of 247Sports. Harbaugh said Corum has been cleared to return on Saturday and the team will see where he is physically on Sunday.

Corum was injured at 1:39 of the second half. He immediately grabbed his left knee after being tackled and fumbled on the sidelines.

Corum lay on the ground for some time while trainers looked at him. He eventually walked off the field alone and went to the dressing room.

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After half-time, Corum came jogging out of the dressing room, according to On3’s Clayton Sayfie, to a standing ovation from the fans.

Corum charged once in the first two minutes of the third quarter. After that, he never returned to the game.

Michigan RB depth map

If Corum is limited against Ohio State, the Wolverines’ return depth will be tested.

Donovan Edwards left Michigan’s game against Nebraska and was ruled out for the Illinois game. according to Tony Garcia of the Detroit Free Press. His status en route to The Game remains unknown. Edwards has 70 carries for 471 yards and four touchdowns, all second on the team behind Corum. He also caught 14 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

From there, the depth continues to decrease. Newcomer CJ Stokes is next on the depth chart. He has 53 carries for 268 yards and one touchdown, including a performance of 11 carries and 36 yards against Illinois.

Junior Isaiah Gash (19 carries, 101 yards, two touchdowns), sophomore Tavierre Dunlap (nine carries, 46 yards), and senior Danny Hughes (six carries for 35 yards) are the only other running backs with at least five carries in 2022.