The run game is still improving
Michigan football isn’t running the ball quite as well as it did last season, but each week, the Wolverines have made progress and they certainly did on Saturday.
Leading up to the game, it was clear that this Rutgers squad was no joke. The Scarlet Knights were 3-0 and boasted one of the best run offenses in the Big Ten, as well as one of the best-rushing defenses.
Yet, Michigan was up to the challenge. There was only one explosive run in the game, which came from McCarthy, but Blake Corum fell just shy of 100 yards with 97 on 21 attempts, as well as two touchdowns.
Corum is looking more and more like himself and by the time November rolls around, he’s going to be better than ever. Mullings added a 14-yard run and got 40 yards on six attempts too.
Donovan Edwards got just 13 yards on six carries — which is a concern still, but my hope is that Henderson is the new starting left tackle, with Karsen Barnhart on the right.
That should continue to help the run game get back to the form it showed in previous years, although it might never be as dominant as it was in 2021 or 2022.
Michigan does need to get Edwards going on the ground though. That’s something that’s essential in the coming weeks.