Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Grading All Wolverines Starters on Offense and Defense

Austin FoxCorrespondent IISeptember 23, 2012

Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Grading All Wolverines Starters on Offense and Defense

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    Even though Saturday's game against Notre Dame was extremely disappointing, there are still a lot of positives Michigan Wolverines fans can take out of it.

    A handful of players played very badly, while many others stepped up and performed well.

    So, who was it who played well? Here's a quick look at each starter. An "E" is the lowest grade possible.

QB: Denard Robinson

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    Four interceptions is an absolute joke, and is not acceptable by any means. Enough said.

    Grade: E

RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint

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    Toussaint looked good on a handful of runs, but was stuffed in the backfield on a number of others.

    He only rushed for 58 yards and needs to become a bigger part of the offense going forward.

    Grade: C

WR: Roy Roundtree

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    Roundtree was more of a factor this week than others, which was good to see.

    But still, three catches for 30 yards is just not enough.

    Grade: C-

WR: Devin Gardner

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    Gardner continues to play at a high level, reeling in 40 receiving yards again on Saturday night.

    Let's just hope his injury isn't too serious.

    Grade: C+

WR: Jeremy Gallon

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    Gallon made his presence felt Saturday night, both rushing and catching the ball.

    He still needs to be more productive, though.

    Grade: B-

TE: Devin Funchess

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    We didn't even hear Funchess' name until very late in the game. He only finished with two catches for 11 yards.

    Grade: D

LT: Taylor Lewan

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    The line has pass-protected well all year, and the run-blocking finally looked better as well.

    Grade: B

LG: Ricky Barnum

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    The run-blocking took a big step forward Saturday night. It needs to continue to get better as the line players get more familiar with each other.

    Grade: C

C: Elliott Mealer

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    We saw our first bobbled snap of the year last night. Whether that's Robinson's fault or Mealer's can be debated.

    Grade: B-

RG: Patrick Omameh

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    The fifth-year senior has been somewhat of a disappointment so far, but the O-line did make big strides Saturday night.

    Grade: C

RT: Michael Schofield

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    The running lanes were huge at times on Saturday, and at other times there weren't any. This offensive line will get better as the season progresses, though.

    Grade: B-

DL: Craig Roh

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    We didn't hear or see much from Craig Roh on Saturday night, as has so often become the case.

    Grade: D

DL: Will Campbell

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    The D-line took an absolutely HUGE step forward on Saturday, and Campbell was probably a big reason why.

    Grade: B+

DL: Quinton Washington

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    Like Campbell, Washington has to be a force at tackle, and they do seem to be taking the necessary steps forward.

    Grade: B

DL: Frank Clark

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    We didn't hear quite as much from Clark as we had in other weeks, but he is still a freakish athlete.

    Grade: C

LB: Kenny Demens

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    Once again, Demens started the game, and once again he was replaced at times by a true freshman.

    We definitely saw more of Bolden than Ross, but regardless, Demens is seeing the field less and less.

    Grade: D+

LB: Desmond Morgan

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    After not playing last week, Morgan bounced back and had a solid game, making solo tackles in the open field a number of times.

    Grade: B

LB: Jake Ryan

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    Simply put, Jake Ryan is a playmaker. He wasn't as active on Saturday, but he still made his presence felt a number of times.

    Grade: B

CB: J.T. Floyd

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    The lasting image is of Floyd whiffing on Tyler Eifert, which ended the game.

    Still, Floyd made some plays at times, so his performance wasn't a total failure.

    Grade: C

CB: Raymon Taylor

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    Well, Taylor sure started the game off with a bang. His first career interception set Michigan's offense up perfectly, but failing to execute was the story of the night.

    Grade: B

S: Thomas Gordon

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    Gordon's interception in the end zone was huge, as was his performance most of the night. The secondary as a whole played exceptionally.

    Grade: B+

S: Jordan Kovacs

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    Again, Michigan's secondary was solid all night, holding Notre Dame to only 145 passing yards. For the most part, it played very, very well.

    Grade: B+