Michigan's star running back, Blake Corum, expressed his excitement about Coach Harbaugh's return during the team's impressive 31-7 victory over Rutgers. Corum praised Harbaugh's enthusiasm, love for the game, and his impactful presence on the sidelines, stating, "It didn’t feel like he left," the running back said. "He was there all week. But having him back going down the tunnel and having him back on the sidelines — just his enthusiasm, love for the game, in the locker room, his pregame speech — it was great having coach Harbaugh back. We love our coach. We played hard for him. Having him back on the sideline was definitely great."
Corum's exceptional performance this season is undeniable. With 351 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in just his first four games, he has emerged as a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy. Recently recognized as a member of the Allstate Good Works Team for his outstanding contributions to the community, Corum remains focused on taking each game one step at a time.
"I think it’s going the way we expected it to go," he said of Michigan’s start. "Obviously, each and every week we’re going to strive to get better on offense and defense, special teams, you name it. We’re going to find mistakes that we need to fix each and every week. But we’re winning, and we’re playing winning football. We’re not making too many mistakes. Obviously, we had to clean some things up. But we’re right where we want to be."
In Michigan's first road game of 2023, they continued their winning streak by defeating Nebraska with an impressive final score of 45-7. Corum's exceptional performance throughout the game was crucial in Michigan's consistent progress down the field. Despite his day ending early in the third quarter, Corum demonstrated excellent decision-making, consistently finding openings and contributing to the team's success. He finished with 74 yards on 16 carries and added a touchdown in the third quarter.
Corum's ability to make strategic cuts and find the right holes greatly contributed to Michigan's dominant performance. Notably, his 74 rushing yards against Nebraska mark the highest individual rushing record against the team this season.
Corum's success on the field would not have been possible without the exceptional efforts of his offensive line. Facing Nebraska's formidable run defense, which had allowed an average of only 46 rushing yards per game, Michigan's offensive line stepped up. Thanks to their outstanding performance, Michigan achieved an impressive 249 rushing yards in the game.
As Blake Corum continues to shine and Michigan's dominance prevails, the team looks poised for further success. With Corum leading the charge and the offensive line performing at its best, Michigan is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in college football yet again.