Blake Corum Nominated for AFCA "Good Works" Team

July 13, 2023

Athlete Studio

Finishing seventh in Heisman Trophy voting, helping lead the Michigan football team to a 13-1 record and becoming a unanimous first-team All-American, Corum's 2022 season was as good as it gets.

Off the field, Corum continued his determination, spearheading multiple community service efforts and being named academic All-Big Ten for the second year in a row. His on- and off-field efforts led to Corum being named a nominee for the 2023 Allstate AFCA's Good Works Team ahead of the coming season. Corum was among 136 nominees selected by their coaches.

The final 22-member team, including 11 FBS players, will be voted on later in the summer and released in September by a panel that includes Hawkes, Tim Tebow, Kirk Herbstreit and others. The last Michigan player to make a Good Works team was Adam Shibley, in 2020.

Over the last two years, Corum hand-delivered 500 Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need as part of his “Giving Back 2 Give Thanks” initiative, even using his own NIL compensation to do so and doing so a day after tearing his meniscus last fall. He also is heavily involved in the CLR Academy, a youth wellness program based in Ypsilanti. 

Of course, Corum looks rather purposeful on the field, too. As close to an automatic back as there was in college football last fall, Corum was among the top five nationally in rushing yards (1,463), scrimmage yards (1,543), touchdowns (19), scoring (114), and first downs (96) before his injury last fall in Michigan's 11th game. At the time of his injury, Corum was viewed as a top-three Heisman Trophy candidate, and widely viewed as the best running back in the country.

He only ran twice for six yards in Michigan's final three games, but still finished the season No. 3 in school history in touchdowns and No. 8 in program history in rushing yards. He was named Big Ten Running back of the Year, the Big Ten's Silver Football recipient for best player and became Michigan's first unanimous All-American running back since 1947.

After turning down the NFL to focus on his recovery from meniscus surgery and try to win a national championship with the Wolverines, Corum is expected to be among the nation's best backs again. With top-tier strength, good balance, quick feet, strong vision and short-area quickness, Corum is one of the toughest running backs to tackle in all of college football, and shows it in his efficiency and effectiveness both inside and outside the offensive tackles.

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