Michigan running back Blake Corum, one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy, was injured Saturday.
Late in the first half of Mchigan’s home game against Illinois, Corum appeared to injure his left knee on a second run. As he attempted to come around the corner to the right, Corum was hit deep by an Illinois defender.
Corum immediately grabbed his left knee before it even hit the ground, fumbling as he did so. Corum was on the field for a few minutes before limping back to the dressing room under his own power.
After halftime, Corum led Michigan out of the tunnel and engaged in warm-up drills. According to the ESPN show, all X-rays for Corum were negative. In UM’s first offensive series in the second half, Corum came back into play and had a five-yard carry.
However, for Michigan’s next possession, Corum stayed on the sidelines and had his helmet off.
Before the injury, Corum had rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 17 tries to help the Wolverines take a first-half lead.
Corum is arguably the most important player for Michigan, who started the weekend with a 10-0 record and ranked 3rd in the College Football Playoffs. The Wolverines have leaned heavily on the running game all season, with Corum leading the way.
With 103 yards in the first half on Saturday, Corum has surpassed the 100-yard mark in eight straight games.
He started Saturday with 1,349 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns at an average of 5.9 yards per carry. His touchdowns rank second nationally, while his rushing yards performance ranks third behind Illinois’ Chase Brown (1,442) and UAB’s DeWayne McBride (1,404).
Earlier this week, Corum had the fourth best chance of winning the Heisman Trophy. He was listed on BetMGM at +600 behind three quarterbacks – Ohio State’s CJ Stroud (+130), Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker (+300) and North Carolina’s Drake Maye (+500).
Michigan meets No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus next weekend, with the Big Ten East and possibly a place in the college football playoffs at stake.
If Corum is unavailable, Michigan will trail Donovan Edwards on the depth chart. However, Edwards was inactive for Saturday’s game against Illinois, leaving freshman CJ Stokes to replace Corum against the Illinois. Stokes came into play on Saturday with 232 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries. Edwards, a sophomore, has 471 yards and four touchdowns.