The Michigan Wolverines successfully beat Illinois in a buzzer-beater match. However, they could not celebrate their win wholeheartedly because of the injury to their star running back, Blake Corum. The way he sustained the injury looked scary at first, and the officials had to stop the play right away.
The 21-year-old RB fell down after seeming to get hit on his left knee with little over two minutes remaining in the second quarter while running right on a carry. He gripped his left knee and seemed to be in a lot of distress as the team’s physios rushed to the field as soon as he hit the ground.
A significant play here:
Blake Corum loses fumble and leaves game with injury.
Let's hope the star Michigan RB is OK. pic.twitter.com/AaRQ7nwAXg
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Corum’s knee did not sustain any significant damage, according to Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, and the franchise is considering the injury a minor issue. Besides, when asked for a thorough update following the game, Harbaugh said, “Nothing right now. [He] got cleared to go back in, and we’ll see where it is tomorrow, how it feels tomorrow. Structurally good. Which is great news.”
Blake Corum is down and not getting up pic.twitter.com/e4utINGGRI
— The Field of 12 (@TheFieldOf12) November 19, 2022
Despite being hurt, Corum made a valiant effort by returning to play with the injury. However, he couldn’t continue as the HC pulled him off the match because of safety precaution. “I just thought it was bothering him,” the Coach said.
“So we said, ‘Okay, well, we know you want keep going but,’ he communicated with us. How’s it feel? And that’s all right. We got C.J. Stokes, we got Isaiah Gash, we got Tavi Dunlap. They’ll step up. Next man up. Blake was coaching those guys and motivating them. It was good. That’s the kind of team it is. Nobody panicked.”
The youngster’s eye-catching performances have been crucial to Michigan’s offensive dominance this season. The franchise has officially announced a few names of players who will be replacing Blake for next week’s major game against Ohio State. At the moment, there is no official timeline for the probable return of Blake Corum.