With all eyes on the College football championship, Michigan Wolverines running back Donovan Edwards set the tone immediately in a Michigan 34-13 victory over the Washington Huskies Monday night.
In solidifying the ground attack against the Huskies, Edwards along with fellow star running back Blake Corum were unstoppable. With the Wolverines running attack totaling 303 yards on the ground in the CFC big stage, Edwards pick the right time to shine with two electrifying touchdowns in the first quarter.
The first, was a 41-yard touchdown run that showed off his vision and speed, the second one was pure breakaway speed as Edwards round a hole quick and scampered into the end zone with this 46-yard run that broke the backs of the Huskies’ defense and their fandom.
Edwards finished the game with 104 yards on just six carries in helping his team win the national title. Most importantly, the junior running back showed the world he is back after a season in which he took a step back after a solid sophomore season.
"It's up to you to be able to rise to the occasion and remember the down times," Edwards said following the game, via ESPN. "Of course I have the feeling of being flustered, frustrated, and I definitely have been working on that. I just feel like this year has been a blessing for me. I'm in a national championship game. I have three Big Ten championship rings. I just feel like regardless of how this year has gone for me, there has been a lot more blessings in what I've been going through beyond football. Even though I know I'm still going to be great at football."
So, what does this do for Edwards and his NFL Draft stock? The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back showed off his attributes with the two big runs in the first quarter of the CFC which will open the eyes of NFL teams around the league. With a fourth or fifth round projection (if he declares for the NFL Draft), Donovan Edwards will be a value pick for a team due to his natural running traits and versatility in catching the ball out of the backfield. Here are 3 prime landing spots for the 2024 NFL Draft prospect.