The reports out of Michigan football fall camp about Blake Corum have been extremely positive.
It’s hard to quantify how important it was for Blake Corum to return to the Michigan football team for the 2023 season.
The closest comparison I could probably make is Braylon Edwards deciding to return for his senior season. That worked out pretty well for Michigan football and I’m betting that Corum coming back for this season will have a similar result.
If Corum didn’t get hurt last season against Illinois, seeing the way the Ohio State run defense absolutely fell apart, he probably would have won the Heisman Trophy.
Instead, the injury knocked Corum out for the rest of the season and the College Football Playoff. So he returned to try and improve his NFL draft stock and win a national title.
Corum didn’t want to go through the draft process not being 100 percent, at least according to what Jim Harbaugh has said.
Will Blake Corum be even better?
Now, Corum is healthy. He’s said that he’s “The old Blake plus some” and that’s a scary thought for the rest of the Big Ten.
Behind what’s expected to be one of the best offensive lines in the country again, as well as a lighter workload with Edwards playing a bigger role, meaning that Corum shouldn’t get as worn down as he was by last November.
Harbaugh has been singing his praises and it would be hard not to. According to Chris Balas of The Wolverine, Corum has been the MVP of fall camp. Balas wrote that J.J. McCarthy was right there too but that Corum has been outstanding.
Corum was so good last season that a better version is almost hard to fathom. Yet, you could see him wearing down as the season wore on and hopefully, that won’t happen for Michigan football in 2023, which needs both backs as healthy as possible for the stretch run.
However, if everything we have heard about Corum proves to be true, I expect him to be even better than last season, even if his final numbers are down just a little bit.