Michigan Football: Stars That Must Shine for the Wolverines in 2012

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Fans of the Michigan Wolverines support their school against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With the Michigan Wolverines' first game of the season scheduled for Saturday, September 1 against the Alabama Crimson Tide, the excitement over this season is through the roof.

Michigan is looking to capitalize on the tumultuous offseason for much of the Big Ten and put itself in a position to have postseason success.

Despite having to start against the second-toughest team in all of college football the first week of the season, the test could be the starting point of a dream 2012 campaign.


Roy Roundtree, WR

After having knee surgery just a few weeks ago, the reports surfacing now (h/t Kyle Meinke of Michigan Live) have star wide receiver Roy Roundtree possibly returning for the opening game against the Crimson Tide.

If this report actually comes to fruition, Roundtree will be quarterback Denard Robinson’s go-to guy and should see plenty of action against the young and inexperienced Alabama secondary.

With the temptation of throwing him on the field to give the Wolverines the best chance to beat the Crimson Tide, Michigan can’t rush him back too soon.

They will need Roundtree throughout 2012, so putting him in the lineup too early and watching him get injured would be disastrous.


Will Campbell, DT/DE

Will Campbell was one of the most disappointing prospects in his first three seasons with the Wolverines, but it is time for the defensive lineman to step up and give the Michigan faithful a senior year they can be proud of.

After losing 46 pounds over the offseason (h/t AnnArbor.com), Campbell is ready for the best season of his career. It all starts against the tough running game of the Crimson Tide.

If Campbell can anchor the strong Wolverines defensive linemen, there is no doubt that Michigan will be fighting for the Big Ten championship at year’s end. If Campbell doesn’t step up, Alabama and every other team will run all over them.


Denard Robinson, QB

There is no piece of the Wolverines puzzle that means more to the team than star quarterback Denard Robinson. With the combination of passing skills and running ability, Robinson is ready to help Michigan dominate the Big Ten in 2012.

With over 3,300 yards of total offense (2,173 passing and 1176 rushing), Robinson must continue to use his immense skills but use more of the experience from his entire NCAA career to make his senior year is his best.

The Wolverines have recruited incredibly well over the last three seasons, and it will start to show on the field this year as Robinson is given the weapons he has missed during his career at Michigan.

If there was ever a year for Michigan to get on a run to a huge bowl game, this is it.


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