Michigan running back Blake Corum (2) is seen on the field on crutches before the start of the Fiesta Bowl against TCU on Saturday, Dec. 31 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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‘Love for Michigan’ draws RB Blake Corum back to Wolverines in 2023

Blake Corum is running back to Michigan.

A Heisman candidate for most of last season, Corum announced his plans to play for the Wolverines in 2023 on the “Rich Eisen Show” on Monday and followed with a statement shared via social media.

“My goals have always been about leaving an enduring legacy at the winningest program in the history of college football. Motivated by my profound love for Michigan and commitment to my education, I have decided to return for another season. It is an honor to be a student-athlete at the University of Michigan.”

ESPN reported the 2023 NFL Draft was only a brief consideration for Corum due to December knee surgery. He would not likely have been cleared to test and compete in pre-draft workouts.

Corum finished 11th in the nation in rushing with 1,463 yards and fifth with 18 touchdowns without playing in the Big Ten championship game or College Football Playoff semifinal loss to TCU. Corum required left knee surgery to repair an injury he suffered Nov. 19 against Illinois.

The junior logged two carries against Illinois and attempted to play with a brace against rival Ohio State, but was limited again to two carries.

–Field Level Media

Michigan running back Blake Corum runs for a touchdown against Maryland during the second half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

Michigan RB Blake Corum enters Heisman picture

Bryce Young’s dinged shoulder has put a dent in his odds while Michigan running back Blake Corum has run himself out of national obscurity and straight into Heisman contention.

Corum, all 5-feet-8 of him, rushed for another 133 yards last week in Michigan’s win over Iowa to give him 611 on the season, good for fourth nationally. In doing so, he vaults to sixth in the betting fray to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy — +2000 at Caesars, +1800 at BetMGM and +1800 at FanDuel.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud remains a firm No. 1 this week, +150 at BetMGM, +150 at FanDuel and +130 at Caesars. He is third in all of FBS with 18 touchdown passes.

Stroud overtook Young last week at No. 1 and Southern California QB Caleb Williams overtakes the Alabama quarterback at No. 2 this week.

Young is day-to-day with a right shoulder sprain, with Texas A&M up next this weekend for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. He threw for just 173 yards and a touchdown against an interception last week vs. Arkansas before leaving the game.

The Heisman odds reflect that. Young’s odds have lengthened at BetMGM to +900 (from +400) and +1000 (from +500) at FanDuel. Young sits at +800 at Caesars.

Williams now sits No. 2 at all three books — +400 (from +600) at BetMGM, +550 at Caesars and +500 at FanDuel.

Also making a statement this week is Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez, surging to fifth across two books. Martinez, tied for second in all of FBS with nine rushing touchdowns, is at +1600 at FanDuel and +1400 at BetMGM.

–Field Level Media