Michigan Announces Player Reps for Big Ten Media Days

July 13, 2023

Athlete Studio

As anticipation builds for the upcoming 2023 Big Ten Media Days, the Michigan football team is proud to announce their selection of three exceptional players who will represent the Wolverines at this prestigious event. Joining head coach Jim Harbaugh in Indianapolis will be senior running back Blake Corum, senior defensive tackle Kris Jenkins Jr., and fifth-year senior defensive back Mike Sainristil.

The highly-anticipated two-day event, scheduled for July 26-27, will bring together representatives from all 14 teams who will engage with reporters. On July 27, Michigan's representatives will have the opportunity to share their insights, alongside representatives from Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Blake Corum: A Phenomenal Talent

When it comes to college football, there are few players as electrifying as Blake Corum. His remarkable achievements and undeniable talent make him a standout figure entering the 2023 season. Last year, Corum established himself as one of the top players in the nation, excelling in various statistical categories. With 1,463 rushing yards, 1,543 scrimmage yards, 19 touchdowns, 114 points, and 96 first downs, Corum was a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, his season was cut short due to an injury in Michigan's 11th game. However, his remarkable performance up until that point earned him recognition as the Big Ten Running Back of the Year, the recipient of the Big Ten's Silver Football award for best player, and Michigan's first unanimous All-American running back since 1947.

Mike Sainristil: A Rising Star on Defense

Among Michigan's representatives, Mike Sainristil stands out as the lone returning captain from last season. In his first year as a defensive back, Sainristil astounded fans and critics alike with his stellar performance. Previously a slot receiver, he made a seamless transition to the defensive side of the ball, showcasing his versatility and adaptability. In his debut, Sainristil made an immediate impact, recording three tackles and a sack. Throughout the season, he continued to impress, ranking among the top five on Michigan's roster in defensive snaps, tackles, tackles for loss, and pass breakups. Additionally, Sainristil contributed two sacks, nine quarterback pressures, an interception, and nine run stops. His remarkable achievements earned him recognition as one of the top cornerbacks in run defense and pass-rushing production.

Kris Jenkins Jr.: Dominating the Defensive Line

Kris Jenkins Jr., a first-year starting defensive tackle, proved himself as a force to be reckoned with. Standing at an imposing 6-foot-3 and weighing 285 pounds, Jenkins displayed his prowess on the field. With 54 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, 20 quarterback pressures, and 31 run stops, Jenkins made his mark on the Wolverines' defensive line. He led all defensive linemen in the country in run stops and ranked second among Power-Five linemen in run-stop rate. His exceptional performance contributed to Michigan's ranking as the second-best Power-Five team in terms of rushing yards allowed per game, second only to Georgia. With an impressive offseason weight gain of 24 pounds, Jenkins is generating buzz as a potential preseason All-American and a first-round draft pick in 2024.

As the 2023 Big Ten Media Days draw near, the Michigan Wolverines are poised to make their mark. With Blake Corum, Kris Jenkins Jr., and Mike Sainristil leading the way, the Wolverines are ready to showcase their talent and inspire fans across the nation. 

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