Michigan Football: Top 5 Players to Watch in Wolverines vs. Alabama Game Sept. 1

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Michigan Football: Top 5 Players to Watch in Wolverines vs. Alabama Game Sept. 1
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Michigan's Denard Robinson is a thrilling, playmaking machine.

We're just hours away from the epic gridiron battle that should be the eighth-ranked Michigan Wolverines vs. the defending national champion and second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 1 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

And while Wolverines and Tide fans alike foam at the mouth to see Wolverines coach Brady Hoke match wits with Tide coach Nick Saban, it's hard for them not to think about the players/groups that could have the most impact on the game.

Michigan has star quarterback Denard Robinson, who is an early favorite to the win the Heisman Trophy, going up against junior Tide signal-caller AJ McCarron, one of the SEC's top quarterbacks.

Of course, one looming question for Michigan is this: What type of impact will sophomore running back Thomas Rawls have on the ground game? The Flint native was, at one time, slated to start for Fitz Toussaint, who was suspended in July for drunken-driving.

Which players will shine Sept. 1? Which players' names will be called out numerous times after breaking big plays or stopping them?

It's hard to exactly forecast which ones will be stars, but it's a safe bet to say the five on this list have the potential to do something extraordinary come game day.

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