Some Michigan football fans have expressed concern about Blake Corum but here’s one reason why the Wolverines running back is just fine.
The health of Michigan football running back Blake Corum was one of the most important storylines throughout the offseason.
The offensive line wasn’t opening the same holes and part of that had to do with the way that East Carolina was playing the run. Michigan football will adjust, but there’s no reason to worry about Corum after he rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown last week.
Michigan football as a team averaged 3.9 yards per attempt. Corum averaged over 7.3. He also had two explosive runs (more than 20 yards) including a 37-yarder that set up his touchdown run.
It’s that play that shows Blake Corum is still Blake Corum. Not only did he use a nice juke move to bounce outside, but he got up to speed quickly.
Blake Corum reached 21 MPH on Saturday
According to a post on X from Reel Analytics, Corum accelerated to 21.1 miles per hour in only four seconds during his 37-yard run, which was his best of the day.
Donovan Edwards also struggled against the run. Edwards didn’t sound worried and neither did Jim Harbaugh. ECU made the decision to load the box but as J.J. McCarthy proved against Ohio State and once again last Saturday, that’s not a winning strategy.
After the way McCarthy was dropping dimes all over the Big House on Saturday, with three touchdown passes to Roman Wilson, I’d be surprised if teams continued to load the box with eight or nine guys.
If they do, it will be at their own risk. As far as Corum, I’m confident he’ll look like his old self soon. It takes a minute for the confidence to return after an injury.
Blake will get there, but Week 1 was a positive start.