What advice would Blake Corum give Donovan Edwards for his first year?

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Although they’re teammates, in some ways, they’re competitors.

Whenever Blake Corum is on the field, chances are, it means true freshman and former five-star Donovan Edwards is on the sidelines, and vice versa. But that doesn’t mean that the duo isn’t helping and rooting for each other.

Corum arrived in Ann Arbor as an early enrollee in Jan. 2020, a year before Edwards did the same. The former got to see quintessential playing time in his first year, just as Edwards will in 2021. And in Edwards, Corum sees a fierce competitor that is working as hard as he can to make sure he succeeds in year one.

“He comes in every day and he just wants to be better,” Corum said. “Whatever he can do to get better, he’s gonna do. I’ve seen a different change in his running style. At the end of the day, high school and college is different. He’s a hard worker for sure. I can’t wait to see what he does on Saturdays.”

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Given that Corum was quite recently in Edwards’ shoes, what advice would — or does — he give him?

He notes that just because he’s at a different level now, it doesn’t mean that he should change things up for the sake of change. Whatever he’s done to get him to a big-time college football program, those are the things that should remain constant, in Corum’s eyes.

“I would say just believe in yourself, have confidence. And do what you’ve been doing your whole life,” Corum said. “There’s no need, since we got here, there’s no need to switch it up now. Whatever you did worked. So just take what Coach Hart says, apply it to your game and keep doing what you’re doing.”

Per both Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, Edwards is a player who will see the field in Week 1, with running backs coach Mike Hart sharing more this past week about what he’s seen from the true freshman phenom.

We’ll see more of Edwards’ talents now that the former West Bloomfield product is a Wolverine come Sept. 4 when Michigan hosts Western Michigan for the 2021 season opener at The Big House.

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