Sunday, August 12, 2012
Michigan's Roundtree out two weeks
By Brian Bennett
Michigan doesn't have a whole lot of returning production at the wide receiver spot and now will be without projected No. 1 wideout Roy Roundtree for the next two weeks of practice.
As colleague Michael Rothstein reports, Roundtree underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday. Head coach Brady Hoke said the procedure went well and that the Wolverines expect him to be back fully healthy in time for the opener against Alabama. Still, it's a bit of a scary situation for the team, since Roundtree is by far the most experienced player at receiver, with 122 career catches for 1,724 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career. The senior is expected to fill the go-to role in the passing game that Junior Hemingway played last year.
Michigan also has Jeremy Gallon, a guy who's capable of making big plays and who had 31 catches for 453 yards a year ago. Still, at his size -- Gallon is listed at 5-foot-8 -- he makes for a better complementary receiver than a true No. 1. And after him, there's very little experience or proven production at the position.
Athletes can usually bounce back quickly from minor knee procedures. The Wolverines need Roundtree not to have any setbacks or lose a step before it takes on the fierce Crimson Tide defense.
Hoke also announced that suspended running back Fitz Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark both will return to practice on Monday. Toussaint was charged with a DUI this summer, while Clark faces home invasion charges stemming from an offseason incident. Neither has practiced so far this month, and Hoke has yet to say whether either will be available for the Alabama game. It's possible that we may not know until game week whether either will suit up or play the entire game. Of the two, Toussaint is more important, as the 1,000-yard back from a year ago will be needed to give Michigan's offense a fighting chance.