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College Football Preview: 13. Michigan Wolverines

13. Michigan Wolverines Returning Starters: 14 Returning Star: QB Denard Robinson Key Loss: DT Mike Martin Player to Watch: TB Fitzgerald Toussaint Are the Wolverines back? This 2012 season will prove if they are or not. Much of last year's squad is back including Heisman canidate Denard Robinson. Robinson is faster than most receivers and backs in the nation. His running game is superb, of course, but Brady Hoke hopes his passing game will greatly improve in his senior year. If he can, he will likely win the Heisman. As good as Robinson is, the Wolverines have an athletic junior quarterback in Devin Gardner. They'll likely design plays to include both Robinson and Gardner. The backfield takes a backseat to Robinson but it will be very strong this season. Back Fitzgerald Toussaint had an amazing end to his 2011 season and will continue to improve in 2012. Senior Vincent Smith is more of a natural back and will be used a lot. A big weakness for the Wolverines is the receivers for Robinson to throw too. Senior Roy Roundtree will be Michigan's top target. Juniors Jeremy Gallon and Jeremy Jackson are athletic and will make plays. The offensive line should be decent thanks to the retirn of junior Taylor Lewan. Lewan will have success despite the fact that he has to face strong ends in the Big Ten. Guards Michael Schoefield and Patrick Omameh should also have good years. Tight end Brandon Moore should also help in the blocking game. With Hoke the defense should keep on improving. The defensive line lost a true talent in gritty tackle Mike Martin. He leaves a big gap that will be tough for the Wolverines to fill. Senior Craig Roh is the only returning starter on the line and should have a breakout season. The linebacker core is good with sophomore Jake Ryan and and senior Kenny Demens. Demens makes plays all over the field and should lead Michigan in tackles. The secondary is probably Michigan's strength. Back are sophomore Blake Countless, J.T. Floyd, Thomas Gordon and improving senior Jordan Kovacs. Kovacs is the most experienced and likely the most talented. Special teams is not an issue either thanks to the return of kicker Brendan Gibbons and punter Will Hagerup. With the return of Robinson and this talented secondary a Big Ten championship is in reach. Heisman Hopeful: Denard Robinson Big Ten Rank: 2nd

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