Michigan Football: 4 Players Who Must Overachieve for Wolverines in 2012

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Michigan Football: 4 Players Who Must Overachieve for Wolverines in 2012
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Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has his work cut out for him in 2012 if the Wolverines hope to surpass last year's 11-2 performance.

Fresh off an 11-2 season, the Michigan Wolverines return to action in 2012 looking to make a statement. The team looks to build on last year's success and continue its return to being a perennial contender for the national title.  

Under new head coach Brady Hoke, the Wolverines enjoyed a big turnaround year in 2011 that ended with a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech. Most noticeably, new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison revamped a unit that was among the worst in college football the year before. 

2012 poses a difficult schedule for the Wolverines. If they are to contend with the top teams in the Big Ten and the likes of Alabama, Michigan is going to need above-average seasons from key players on both sides of the ball. 

Who can take Michigan over the top this year? 

Read on.

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