Blake Corum earns Jim Harbaugh’s highest honor – a Frank Gore comparison

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh can’t draw comparisons to past greats he’s coached or played with during his career.

When he does, though, you know he means it.

On Monday, Harbaugh bestowed one of the biggest honors he can on a player he’s coaching right now, comparing a player to Frank Gore. Harbaugh has been open in the past about how much he thought of Gore as a player, labeling him his “favorite player ever.”

So when Blake Corum has his name and Gore thrown in the same sentence, you know Harbaugh’s feelings about his star running back are real.

“You can’t take anything away from Blake Corum,” Harbaugh told the media on Monday. “He’s so focused at all times. He’s like a chess player thinking a lot of moves ahead. Whether it’s guarding, whether it’s blocking, he knows what our blocks are, he knows what defense is. He knows what blitzes are. Not only what he has , but so have the others, very similar to Frank Gore in this respect.

“Two great students of the game. Know the game but also have a tremendous feel for the game. There’s no doubt that Blake will be, in my opinion, right on the same track as Frank Gore in every way.”

Harbaugh was asked about Corum’s season and reiterated his belief that he should be considered for the Heisman Trophy. Statistics certainly don’t lie when it comes to considering award prestige.

He went on to praise his running back even more, saying he is the best running back he has coached at the college level, which has included many great players during his coaching tenures at Ann Arbor and Stanford.

Which, again, led him to include Corum and Gore in the same sentence.

“He’s definitely having an MVP season for us here at Michigan,” Harbaugh said. “It would be hard to imagine he wouldn’t beā€”like he’s going to win the Heisman Trophy. Leading in touchdowns, leading in points. Consistently very good every game. There’s been a number of quarterbacks that have won the Heisman Trophy and I’d bet my truck that Blake Corum is on pace and ahead of many of these Heisman Trophy-winning backs. I had a great run at Stanford, Toby Gerhart, who finished second. Blake means even more to this 2022 team from Toby did that season. There I go, I’m making a comparison that I should never have made. Two great players. I always try to stay away from that.

“Other than some pro running backs, probably the only exception would be Frank Gore that I’ve been able to coach, Blake is the best running back I’ve ever coached. He means so much. He’s having a season like this. The best overall Frank Gore running back, but Blake’s got a few years. Still young. He’s definitely got the license and the ability, in my mind, to be as good as Frank Gore.”

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