The Wolverine

November 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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18 THE WOLVERINE NOVEMBER 2022 BY JOHN BORTON B lake Corum always set his sights high. While friends in his little hometown of Mar- shall, Va., dreamed of junior high football stardom, he looked leagues beyond. In the third grade, Michigan's junior running back recalled: "I would tell my friends, 'I'm going to the NFL.' They wouldn't believe me. They would not believe me. 'No, you're not!' "And I'd say, 'You watch.' I really be- lieved in myself, that these big goals I had, that no one else from my small town had, would all come true." What came across as the starry-eyed boasts of a naïve 9-year-old don't sound so delusional now. Corum stands as the star of Michigan's hard-driving run game, piling up 901 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns through seven games. As of Oct. 16, Corum is ranked No. 1 in rushing TDs, tied for first in total points (78) and No. 2 in rushing yardage. He is also third in scoring average (11.1 points per game) and sixth in rushing yards per BIG BIG DREAMS DREAMS Blake Corum Always Envisioned Greatness

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