Three football players from Michigan make the USA Today all-American squad…….NFC report

The Michigan football awards are starting to roll in. On Wednesday, CBS Sports named Zak Zinter and Mike Sainristil as All-Americans, and now on Thursday USA TODAY came out with its All-American teams and three Wolverines were selected.Will Johnson, Zak Zinter and Blake Corum were all named to the USA TODAY All-American team.Zinter was the only Wolverine to make the first-team All-American list. Zinter suffered a season-ending injury against Ohio State, but his play on the field did not go unnoticed. Zinter has been a key part of back-to-back Joe Moore Award-winning offensive lines the past two years. And the Wolverines are once again finalists for the award – Zinter was once again a key piece.Here are some highlights about Zinter, via MGoBlue:

• Part of two Joe Moore Award-winning offensive lines (2021-2022), the first consecutive winners in history

• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2021, ’22)

• Three-time All-Big Ten selection (consensus first team, 2022-2023; second team, average; honorable mention, coaches, 2021)

• CSC Academic All-American (second team, 2022)

• Three-time letterman (21-2020)

• Played in 45 games with 42 starts on the offensive line; all but one at right guardBlake Corum:USA TODAY named Corum to the second team.Corum was a unanimous All-American a year ago and Corum still stands out with his exceptional play on the field. The senior broke Michigan’s single-season rushing touchdown record and is currently at 24 on the season. He also tied Anthony Thomas with 55 career rushing touchdowns, tied for the most with Michigan.Corum has run for 1,028 yards and is averaging more than four per carry for the Wolverines.Here are some highlights from Corum’s career, via MGoBlue:

• Unanimous first-team All-American (2022)

• Chicago Tribune Football Silver Winner (2022)

• AFCA Good Works Team Captain (2023)

• Doak Walker Award Finalist (2022)

• Würffel Trophy finalist (2023)

• Two-time Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year (2022-2023), the first winner in program history

• Three-time All-Big Ten selection (consensus first team in 2022, ’23; third team, coaches, honorable mention, average in 2021)

• CoSIDA Academic for all 5 districts (2021)

• AFCA AllState Good Works Team Captain (2023)

• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2021, ’22)

• Top Ten Offensive Players of the Week (September 13, 2021)

• Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26, 2022)

• Named the team’s Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player, as well as recipient of the Toughest Player and Blue Collar Awards (2022)

• Player of the Year Award for Shared Offensive Ability (2021)

• Three-year Letterman (22-21-2020)

• Tied for Michigan program record with five touchdowns in a game (vs. UConn, September 17, 2022)

• Program single-season record holder for rushing touchdowns (22)

• Played 43 career games off the field with 26 starts Will Johnson:Johnson was also voted to the second team roster.The true sophomore has played in 10 games this season. He battled through some injuries, but Johnson showed the nation why he was a coveted five-star recruit straight out of high school. Johnson has blocked opposing teams’ No. 1 WR for most of the season and his potential is on another level. Johnson intercepted three passes in 2023 and had four PBUs defending receivers.Here are some highlights, via MGoBlue:

• All-Big Ten selection (consensus first team, coaches and media, 2023)

• Shared Defensive Freshman of the Year (2022)

• One-Year Letter Winner (2022)• Played in 23 games, including 14 at cornerback

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