Expected Heisman candidate Denard Robinson will be returning for the Michigan Wolverines along with 12 other starters.
However, you know who won't be returning is First Team All-American and Rimington Trophy Winner (nation's top center) David Molk, who, oh by the way, was a vital piece to the Wolverines success in having two rushers, Denard Robinson and Fitz Toussaint, eclipse 1,000 yards in the same season for the first time since 1975.
Nothing is more vital to an offense than the center-to-quarterback exchange of the ball. That was exposed early on in Michigan's spring game this past Saturday where Ricky Barnum, who is making the transition from guard to center, was among the worst sights to see at the spring game mishandling several exchanges.
The Michigan offensive line is very thin as they also lost Mark Huyge and on the defensive line will also have to replace defensive linemen Mike Martin and Will Heininger.
The schedule does not get any better for a team that is preseason No. 14 who will play No. 2 Alabama in Arlington, TX and then at No. 24 Notre Dame, home to No. 9 Michigan State, at No. 17 Nebraska and at No. 16 Ohio State to end the regular season.
It was good while it lasted, as no one would have ever thought this same Michigan team that got crushed against Mississippi State in the 2010 season bowl game would have finished 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl the following season.
Now with expectations high again, look for this high flying offense to take a step back in 2012.