Surprise, surprise. No, Denard Robinson did not wake up one morning this spring and forget how to play football. The biggest struggle for Robinson last season was his high number of interceptions. Rest assured, Brady Hoke and Al Borges will be drilling him on passing skills and decision-making. Robinson will be a force again this season.
In an interview after the spring game on April 5, Coach Hoke said of Roundtree, "I really like Roy Roundtree." Yes, Hoke openly said he was pleased with a player's performance. Brady Hoke has some great players under him who perform well, but he is a very tough coach to please.
That he would praise Roundtree openly is really reassuring to me. Hoke said in the same interview that Roundtree has improved his route running and catching, and that he could be a good deep threat. With the loss of Junior Hemingway, Roundtree is now the No. 1 receiver for the Wolverines.
In Al Borges' spring game interview, when asked about playing "tailback by committee," he said, "Fitz is our tailback." Again, the confidence of the coaching staff is extremely exciting for fans who have had concerns about depth at tailback and receiver.
In my opinion, Toussaint has one of the best cut-back moves in the country. He is excellent at making the first guy miss. He, along with Robinson went over a thousand yards rushing last year. If Toussaint has improved on that, the running game will be in very good shape.
During the spring game, there were a few muffed snaps. It is unclear whether they should be attributed to Barnum or the young quarterbacks he was snapping to. In the previously cited interview with Al Borges, Barnum was described as the "quarterback of the offensive line." He will take on a leadership role this season.
Additionally, Borges spoke of the benefit of bowl game practice last season. A lot of second-string players got some reps in their respective positions, including Barnum. Borges could not overstate the importance of these practices. Also, Barnum has watched and studied former center David Molk, who had huge success last season.