STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Michigan football running back Blake Corum (high ankle sprain) and cornerback Gemon Green (shoulder/arm) did not travel for Saturday’s game against Penn State, according to a U-M spokesman.
ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath reported Corum “will miss at least the next two games,” meaning he will be out for the final two regular season games at Maryland and vs. Ohio State.
Corum, the team’s second-leading rusher, came up gimpy in the first quarter of last week’s win over Indiana and did not return. He returned to the sideline wearing a walking boot in the second half. Without him, the offense leaned heavily on bruising tailback Hassan Haskins, who tied a career high with 27 carries and set a new career high with 168 rushing yards against the Hoosiers.
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Michigan running back Blake Corum is tackled by Northwestern’s Bryce Gallagher during the first half on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Michigan Stadium.
Green, who rotates with fellow corner DJ Turner as the other starter opposite Vincent Gray, dropped out in the second quarter and spent several minutes on the field in significant pain. His twin brother, German, looked on nervously as the medical staff worked. Green ultimately walked off the field but was in a great deal of discomfort as he headed to the locker room.
While the absences of Corum and Green could loom large, the Wolverines received a boost from the likely returns of running back Donovan Edwards (undisclosed), tight end Erick All (foot/ankle), wide receivers Andrel Anthony (undisclosed) and A.J. Henning (undisclosed). They all were in pads for warmups Saturday, though it’s unclear how much they will be involved. A week ago, All warmed up for more than an hour before remaining on the sideline for the game.
Michigan defensive back Gemon Green (22) picks up a fumble by Northern Illinois tight end Tristen Tewes (82) during the second half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
With Corum unavailable, Haskins will once again be the focal point of U-M’s offense on a cold, spitting day in Happy Valley. Edwards, the freshman five-star recruit, is expected to be elevated into the No. 2 running back spot with fellow freshman Tavierre Dunlap behind him.
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“They’ve been practicing up all year, back and forth between scout team,” running backs coach Mike Hart said of Dunlap and reserve Leon Franklin. “So those are things that I said at the beginning of the year: Everyone is going to need to be ready to play, you know? They’ll be ready to play if they have to. I’m confident in them and what they can do. Obviously we have Hassan, who is a special player, so we’ll see how it works out this week. We’ll have a game plan to play everybody.”
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