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WolverineNation Roundtable

1. Which one player on last season's Michigan football team would the Wolverines most benefit in having for one more year?

Michael Rothstein: There are a lot of guys that could fit in as an answer here but I'm going to go with a surprise and say … Junior Hemingway. Yes, Michigan loses three-fourths of its defensive line and Rimington Award-winning center David Molk, but Hemingway was such a safety blanket on long passes for quarterback Denard Robinson that it could take time for him to get comfortable with another receiver in that situation next season -- and time is something Michigan doesn't have since it opens with Alabama. So while the Wolverines would benefit from a host of graduated seniors back for another season, Hemingway is the choice here. He just made so many big plays on jump balls and blocking on outside runs that he might not have the name of Mike Martin or Molk or even Ryan Van Bergen, but Hemingway will be sorely missed next season.

Chantel Jennings: Molk. I don’t think Rocko Khoury, Jack Miller or any other player will be able to control the line like he did. Offensive coordinator Al Borges has spoken about how his quarterbacks improve dramatically between their first and second seasons under his tutelage. But, if the line isn’t strong enough and together enough to control the pocket, it doesn’t matter if Robinson can throw the ball. I think the strong front runner in this position is Jack Miller, but it would’ve benefited him so much to have two years to learn from Molk rather than one.

Tom VanHaaren: Probably Mike Martin. The defense improved so much last season and they return a lot of the starters except for the defensive linemen. There's a big hole at defensive tackle with a lot of questions about who will fill that gap. If Greg Mattison could have Mike Martin back for one more year I think they could have a shot at having a really good defense.

2. Michigan/Michigan State basketball games have been pretty even over the past few games, what will be the deciding factor on Sunday?

MR: Whether Draymond Green plays. If the Spartans' star forward plays expect him finally to have a big game against the Wolverines in his last shot at the Breslin Center. He might be hobbled, but having him out there could lead to a special performance. As far as gameplay strategy goes, it'd be to have Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. attack the basket early. Keith Appling showed in Ann Arbor that he struggled to defend Burke. The freshman just wore him out. If Burke can do that again, that could go a long way to Michigan's fourth straight win in the rivalry.

CJ: Burke. Against Indiana, he was contained and as a result, Michigan’s offense was much more stagnant. The Wolverines need Burke to play well, score and distribute if they want any of chance of winning. Whether Green plays or not, I think it’s more important as to how Burke plays. He makes everyone around him better. And when he’s not producing, Michigan struggles.

TV: I think the deciding factor is if Green is out of the lineup for Michigan State. Green was pretty upset about the most recent loss to Michigan, and he gives MSU its inside presence. To have him on the bench for the entire game is a big loss for the Spartans and should help Michigan's chances for another win.