5 things we learned in Fiesta Bowl loss by Michigan Football

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4. Michigan football really needed Blake Corum

Donovan Edwards is a big-time player and he’s only going to get better. He’s also not Blake Corum and you could see that on Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl.

Edwards ripped off the 55-yard run and had some other good plays, but Michigan really missed Corum’s ability to move the chains, get positive yards and grind out touchdowns.

Hassan Haskins and Corum are two of the best we have seen at that. Edwards can get there and I wish the coaches would have given him a chance near the end zone.

Still, if Corum had played, it likely would have been a different story. Those first three trips inside the 10 which resulted in three points probably wind up being 21 and then Michigan is playing with the lead instead of from behind.

There is talk that Corum is 50/50 on returning and that an NIL push could help. Michigan football should work it out to pay him whatever is needed. If Michigan can’t pay recruits to play, it should be able to pay to keep its best players like Hunter Dickinson and basketball.