HOUSTON (AP) — Blake Corum may have declared for the NFL Draft after last season, but Michigan’s running back had unfinished business.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Corum achieved his career highs with 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns this season after a junior season, rushing for 1,111 yards and 25 scores and becoming the school’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 56.
As he prepared to play his final game Monday night in the College Football Playoff title game against Washington, Corum reflected on his decision.
He said, “I wanted to leave a legacy, to be remembered forever, not just to score a few touchdowns.” “I wanted to leave a big legacy on and off the field. This is one of the main reasons to come back. “One of the other main reasons was to be here.”
He ranks seventh in school history with 3,603 yards rushing and needed just 69 yards rushing on Monday to move into fifth place.
Corum ran for 83 yards and his 17-yard touchdown in overtime gave Michigan a 27–20 victory over Alabama in the Rose Bowl.
Running backs coach Mike Hart, the school’s all-time leading rusher with 5,040 yards, praised Corum’s career.
“He’s one of the best running backs of all-time,” Hart said. “He’s got the leading touchdown record. I just think that in big games, the way he plays, the way he takes control of the game, and the kind of person he is off the field, the kind of leader he is on the field, he’s been Do it.”
ready to go
Washington running back Dillon Johnson says he’s ready to carry the load for the second-ranked Huskies on Monday night after being injured last week.
“My knee hurt, but you know, it is what it is,” Johnson said Saturday. “We’re coming to play, we’re coming to win.”
Johnson has been limited in practice this week due to the injuries that plagued him late in the season and re-injured him in the Sugar Bowl last week. The exact nature of the injury has not been disclosed.
On Washington’s last offensive play against Texas, as the Huskies were trying to waste time and save the lead, Johnson went forward and was injured. He stayed down and required the attention of the athletic training staff, who stopped the clock and gave Texas about 30 seconds to mount a comeback.
“When I got hurt, I looked down and I was like, ‘Oh snap, I really can’t get up.’ I kind of panicked,” Johnson said. “I hate that I did that to the team, put my defense back in that situation, but they took care of their job, man, and they got it done. took.”
Johnson said he is spending seven or eight hours a day in the training room getting treatment.
The Mississippi State transfer came this season after recovering from a right knee injury that limited his workload early in the season. He has averaged 18 carries a game over the last 10, including at least 20 attempts in five of the last six games. On the season, he has rushed for 1,162 yards and 16 touchdowns.
like a pack of wolves
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likes to get his players in the mood the day before a game by showing them a movie or documentary about predatory animals.
“Tigers, cheetahs, lions – cool stuff,” Harbaugh said. “It really seemed to resonate with people. I love them. Who doesn’t? In a way, we allow ourselves to turn into a pack of wolves. This is what we want to spread. Possibly nature’s greatest fighting unit.”
Poor execution on special teams almost cost Michigan the Rose Bowl against Alabama.
The Wolverines had two botched punts, lost a fumble, missed an extra point on a mishandled snap and missed a field goal.
Special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh said, “It’s the kind of thing where you watch film later and there are things that are easily identified from a technique standpoint, which is why that error occurred.”
Kicker James Turner missed a 49-yard field goal. He was 16 of 18 in attempts in the game, and Harbaugh said there was no reason to be alarmed by that miss.
Semaj Morgan muffed a punt in the first half that led to an Alabama touchdown and Jake Thaw had a fumble late near Michigan’s goal line that was close to being a disaster. Harbaugh did not say who would handle the punts against Washington.
“Both of those guys had outstanding seasons, and countless great reps in practice. And for that reason, those guys should really feel confident,” Harbaugh said.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was shadowed by his adorable golden retriever Ben at CFP Media Day this weekend. He is one of four golden retrievers owned by Herbstreit and his traveling companion.
Herbstreit said Ben was the first dog to receive a certificate for the Rose Bowl and was dubbed the “Chief Happiness Officer” there. He also brought a lot of joy to Houston this weekend, with people smiling and pointing when they saw Ben walking through the convention center during media day.
“I’m glad people like her happiness and it brightens their day,” Herbstreit said. “I just wanted a companion on the road with me when I travel, and he’s a really good friend of mine. They were almost tackling him when the players left. He gets all the attention and I’m just his handler, and that’s the way I like it to go.
AP college football writers Ralph D. Russo and Eric Olson contributed to this report.
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