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    UM freshman Donovan Edwards begins to break through at running back


    Ann Arbor — Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins have done the bulk of work leading Michigan to the No. 1 ranking nationally in rushing, but freshman Donovan Edwards made his college debut in the end zone scoring twice in the rout of Northern Illinois last weekend.

    Edwards last scored touchdowns earlier this year when he led West Bloomfield to the state championship, the game’s timing affected by the pandemic. He rushed for three touchdowns, including runs of 78 and 71 yards, and accumulated a Division I/Class A-record 257 yards rushing. He also enrolled early at Michigan. Not long after that state title, he participated in spring practice.

    Michigan running back Donovan Edwards runs into the end zone during a 58-yard touchdown run during the third quarter.

    During the week before the Northern Illinois game, running backs coach Mike Hart said he knew he needed to get Edwards on the field more and told the 6-foot 202-pound freshman he should have had more carries in Week 2 against Washington. Hart made good on that and in a 63-10 win last week, Edwards was the Wolverines’ second-leading rusher.

    Edwards had eight carries for 86 yards and scored twice on runs of 4 and 58 yards in the third quarter. Corum leads the team in rushing, averaging 135.7 yards a game heading into the Big Ten opener Saturday against Rutgers. Haskins is averaging 93.7 yards and had two touchdowns against Northern Illinois while Corum had three.



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