Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Michigan spring wrap
By ESPN.com staff
2010 overall record: 7-6
2010 conference record: 3-5 (T-7th)
Offense: 9; defense: 8; kicker/punter: 2
QB Denard Robinson, WR Roy Roundtree, C David Molk, WR Darryl Stonum, WR Junior Hemingway, DT Mike Martin, DE Ryan Van Bergen, CB J.T. Floyd, S Jordan Kovacs
G Stephen Schilling, QB Tate Forcier, LB Jonas Mouton, LB Obi Ezeh, CB James Rogers
2010 statistical leaders (*returners)
Rushing: Denard Robinson* (1,702 yards)
Passing: Denard Robinson* (2,570 yards)
Receiving: Roy Roundtree* (935 yards)
Tackles: Jonas Mouton (117)
Sacks: Ryan Van Bergen* (4)
Interceptions: James Rogers and Cameron Gordon* (3)
1. Roundtree shines: Michigan's new offense seems to be clicking with receiver Roy Roundtree. The redshirt junior drew praise from offensive coordinator Al Borges for his play this spring, and he seems ready to grasp the No. 1 receiver role once again. Roundtree put up some nice numbers last fall but dropped too many passes. If he can take his game to the next level in a pro-style offense, he'll put himself on the NFL radar.
2. Gordon adjusting again: Cam Gordon was the talk of spring practice a year ago after switching from wide receiver to safety. He endured some growing pains last season and once again made a position move in the winter, this time to linebacker. And once again, Gordon drew strong reviews from the staff for his spring performance. Michigan obviously needs more playmakers on defense, and Gordon should have a big role this fall.
3. High expectations for D-line: The defensive line received a ton of attention this spring, as coordinator Greg Mattison and head coach Brady Hoke, two former line coaches, spent much of their time with the group. Players have welcomed Mattison's 4-3 scheme, and Michigan boasts good experience up front with Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen and Craig Roh. Jibreel Black had a good spring and adds to the depth at end, and hopes are high for big Will Campbell as he moves back to defense.
1. Robinson's transition: As the spring game showed, quaterback Denard Robinson's transition from the spread to Borges' system will take some time. Although Robinson made strides as a passer last year and impressed Borges with his arm, he still needs to gain greater comfort working under center and dropping back to pass. Borges still will use Robinson as a runner but wants to protect Michigan's asset. The summer will be big for No. 16.
2. Cornerback health: The hope is Troy Woolfolk (ankle) and J.T. Floyd (foot) return at full strength, stay healthy and elevate a shaky secondary this season. But there are no guarantees with rehabbing players, and it will be interesting to see how both cornerbacks look in preseason camp after both were limited this spring. Michigan needs more depth throughout the secondary, and while Courtney Avery and Greg Brown got a long look this spring, the team will be better off with Woolfolk and Floyd.
3. Special attention: The kicking game was a mess for Michigan in 2011, and it remains a major question mark entering the summer. Seth Broekhuizen and Brendan Gibbons both missed kicks in the spring game, and the competition there is far from over. Incoming freshman Matt Wile enters the mix this summer, and a lot of folks hope Wile can quickly take control of a shaky situation.