A New Look at the Wolverines’ Heisman Contenders for 2023
As the 2023 season approaches, three Michigan Wolverines stand as strong contenders for the prestigious Heisman trophy. These potent prospects are junior quarterback JJ McCarthy, junior running back Donovan Edwards, and senior running back Blake Corum.
Blake Corum, RB
In the 2022 season, Blake Corum’s performance made it seem as though he’d join the elite ranks of Reggie Bush, Mark Ingram, and Derrick Henry, becoming only the fourth running back since 2000 to win the Heisman. However, an unfortunate injury during Week 11 against Illinois cut his season short.
Regardless of his premature end to the 2022 season, Corum was awarded the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year, a first for the Wolverines’ program. Looking ahead to 2023, Corum’s strong showing the prior year makes him a latent favorite in the Heisman race.
Donovan Edwards, RB
Filling in for the injured Corum, Donovan Edwards proved himself a candidate of Heisman caliber. He delivered instrumental victories against Ohio State and Purdue in the Big Ten Championship game, showcasing performance excellence.
Edwards achieved legendary Wolverine status, rushing 216 yards with two touchdowns against Ohio State, then an impressive 185 yards and a touchdown against Purdue, a performance that earned him the Big Ten Championship MVP. After recovering from injuries in the previous season, Edwards is positioned to make a significant impact in the Heisman race if granted the chance—despite sharing potential time with Blake Corum.
JJ McCarthy, QB
JJ McCarthy quickly established himself as the main quarterback for the Wolverines in the 2022 season, leading Michigan to victory in his beginnings as a starter.
While his statistics may not seem as overwhelming as other Heisman contenders, McCarthy’s role in one of Michigan’s most successful seasons to date places him in the limelight. Assuming that Michigan broadens its passing game as planned and can secure key victories in November, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find McCarthy at the Heisman ceremony in New York.
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