Michigan running back and Heisman candidate Blake Corum left Saturday’s game against Illinois with an apparent knee injury after an awkward hit.
No one ever wants to see a college football player get hurt in a highly concerning manner, but that’s especially true when it’s a young man enjoying the season of a lifetime. Unfortunately, that’s what happened on Saturday for Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum.
Late in the second quarter as he and his team were driving to try and score again before halftime, Corum cut his run after a handoff to the right sideline. As he tried to get the edge, though, an Illinois defender came in for a hit that caught the back right in his knee.
Corum immediately dropped the ball and grabbed for his knee in pain as trainers and coaches came out to attend to him. He was able to get up and walk off under his own power but went immediately to the locker room.
Blake Corum injury: Michigan star leaves game after holding knee
Given the hit and where Corum grabbed after the play, the best guess right now is that he suffered a knee injury. And by him going straight to the locker room after the play, that is highly concerning for the Michigan running back and Heisman Trophy candidate.
Earlier in the game, Corum punched in his 18th touchdown of the season and already had 100+ rushing yards in the first half. This continued his monster season for Jim Harbaugh’s team as he’d run for 1,349 yards with 18 total touchdowns entering Saturday’s game against the Fighting Illini.
We will update you with more on the Corum injury as more information is made available.
Update: Blake Corum returns for Michigan after halftime
According to Molly McGrath on the broadcast for the game, all of Corum’s X-rays came back good and the Michigan running back returned to the field after the break, warmed up and is expected to play the second half for the Wolverines.
By all of that, it looks as if anything serious was avoided by the Heisman candidate, which is fantastic news for the fantastic player and the team.