The Michigan Wolverines were loaded with talent this season, making it no surprise they are headed back to Indianapolis for the third straight year to potentially take home the Big Ten Championship.
Many knew the Wolverines’ success this season would largely be decided by their quarterback play and the run game. Michigan returned experience and explosiveness at both positions, and it paid off down the stretch.
Now, the stars at those positions for Michigan are being honored for their work this season. J.J. McCarthy has been awarded the Griese-Brees Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, while Blake Corum won the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year.
McCarthy has had a stellar season. He is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the country, completing almost 75 percent of his passes. He ended the regular season with 2,483 yards passing, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also rushed for an additional three touchdowns.
More importantly, McCarthy protected the ball and made plays when needed. His decision-making has improved since and his focus is unmatched. He will go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks to wear the Maize and Blue.
Meanwhile, Corum finished the regular season with 202 carries for 976 yards and 22 touchdowns. He has also caught 11 passes for 72 yards. He has been excellent at the goal-line this season and great in pass protection as well. It was very rare for the experienced playmaker to put the ball on the turf, and is as reliable as they come in short yardage situations. No moment is too big for the backfield bully, and he proved that in victories over Penn State and Ohio State this season.
It is very unlikely Michigan would have gone undefeated for a second straight regular season and achieved another trip to Indy without these two. These awards are well deserved.