Blake Corum suffered a knee injury Saturday against Illinois in Ann Arbor.
The Heisman Trophy hopeful took a handoff up the right side deep in Illini territory and was tackled near the right sideline. His teammates signalled for personnel to check on the junior tailback as he lay on the sideline.
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Corum ultimately got up and went off the field, but instead of returning to the bench, he headed for the Michigan locker room.
Corum warmed up after halftime with his teammates. Third-quarter Michigan carries.
Corum lost possession of the ball before he fell down, so the Illini recovered. Corum’s season-opening fumble.
Corum began the game with a 37-yard run and scored his 18th rushing touchdown of the season. He had 17 carries for 103 yards and two catches for 39.
The youngster is a top running back this season. He has 227 carries for 1,349 yards (5.9 ypc) and 17 touchdowns before Saturday.
Corum, who had the third-most running yards in the NCAA, extended his trend of at least one touchdown in every game and 100 or more rushing yards in every Big Ten battle.
Michigan played without Donovan Edwards, Corum’s backup. The sophomore tailback ran twice on the first drive against Nebraska last week, but didn’t play again and didn’t dress Saturday.
Edwards has 70 carries for 471 yards (6.7 ypc) and four touchdowns, with 14 receptions for 179 yards and two scores. In previous weeks, he has 324 running yards, 111 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.
CJ Stokes will take over until Corum or Edwards return. Stokes gained 68 yards on eight runs against Nebraska.
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