What’s going on with Michigan Football’s Donovan Edwards?

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Donovan Edwards hasn’t made much of an impact for Michigan football yet. Is there any real cause for concern?

Donovan Edwards might be the best “backup” running back in college football this season. At least, he should be.

The Michigan football running back is coming off a nearly 1,000-yard campaign for the Michigan Wolverines in 2022. No one will forget Edwards busting off two long game-breaking runs in The Game in Columbus last November.

As far as duos go, If Blake Corum is 1A, Edwards is 1B of the vaunted “Lightning & Lightning” tandem that is expected to gouge Big Ten defenses this season.

Through two games, Corum has started to round back into the dynamic running back he was in 2022 when he became a Heisman Trophy candidate.

For Donovan Edwards, the start of the season hasn’t exactly gotten off to a blazing start. Through two weeks, the junior has started slowly with 18 carries for just 46 yards, rushing at a 2.6 yards per carry clip. These stats are not what Michigan football fans have come to expect from their dynamic offensive weapon.

Is Donovan Edwards still recovering from offseason surgery?

Our lasting impression of Donovan Edwards is of him gashing the Ohio State defense for two 75+ yard touchdown runs late to seal Michigan’s victory over the Buckeyes with only one good hand.

What wasn’t revealed until much later, by the Michigan running back himself, was that he was also suffering from a partially torn patella tendon in his knee.

"“I always thought it’s OK, tendinitis, it’s a little achy,” Edwards said. “I found out against Hawai’i, I made that catch right at the goal line, put my knee back and it just didn’t feel right. I found out it was partially torn and after that just continue to work around it.”"

It’s possible that we haven’t seen Edwards break off his signature long runs yet because he might be still working his way back into shape after offseason knee surgery.

Get ready for a breakout performance

Michigan football hosts Bowling Green this Saturday, a matchup that should favor a breakout performance for Edwards. The Falcons currently have the 102nd-ranked rush defense in FBS through two weeks, giving up 160.5 yards.

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Before Michigan fans start to get nervous about their star running back, he gets a chance to break loose against a weak opponent, the perfect recipe for a struggling running back.