Michigan star tailback Blake Corum is predicted to try to play in opposition to Ohio State on Saturday, sources informed ESPN, as an air of ambiguity hangs over his potential effectiveness due to a knee harm.
Corum, one of many main candidates for the Heisman Trophy, injured his knee late within the first half in opposition to Illinois final week. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh known as Corum’s left knee “structurally good” following the Wolverines’ 19-17 win, however Corum returned for under two performs within the second half earlier than being pulled for the rest of the sport. He carried the ball only one time after the harm and didn’t play through the Wolverines’ fourth-quarter comeback.
Sources mentioned Corum is not anticipated to be 100% within the wake of the harm, and the variety of carries he’ll obtain and his basic effectiveness when he does get the ball are questions lingering over his return. Whereas Corum has traveled and can costume, it is not anticipated that he’ll be capable of flash the highest type that has him tied for No. 1 nationally in touchdowns scored (19) and No. 4 in dashing yards (1,457).
The Michigan workers is predicted to watch Corum carefully in warm-ups, however the anticipation is that he’ll play and see how he can deal with the ache. Corum informed native media in Michigan this week that he is “good” whereas handing out turkeys to native households in want.
Final yr, Michigan dominated the road of scrimmage in opposition to Ohio State in a 42-27 mashing. That included the Wolverines dashing for 297 yards and seven.2 yards per carry. Corum carried the ball six instances for 87 yards in that sport.
This yr, Michigan boasts the nation’s No. 4 dashing offense, working for 243.8 yards per sport.
Michigan’s backup tailback, the dynamic sophomore Donovan Edwards, can be anticipated to try a return after struggling a hand harm. Edwards missed the Illinois sport final week and a majority of the Nebraska sport the weekend earlier than, when he was restricted to 2 carries due to the harm.
Edwards’ effectiveness due to the hand difficulty will likely be monitored carefully, as he’s a dynamic a part of Michigan’s passing offense. Edwards is averaging 12.8 yards per catch on 14 receptions this yr. Two of his six touchdowns this season have come by means of the air.