February, 22, 2012
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Carlos OsorioWill Devin Gardner (left) get more snaps next season and Denard Robinson move around?
Michigan is coming off one of its best weekends in recent memory, with eight football commitments for the Class of 2013, a massive win in men's basketball over Ohio State, and even wins in hockey and softball.
In other words, it was a good weekend to be a Michigan fan.
The Mailbag is only as good as the questions you ask, so make sure to get those questions for next week to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet at her @chanteljennings. Now, on to your questions this week.
Stephen (@Steve_Shep) from Milan, Ohio asks: What are the realistic chances that we will see Denard Robinson at another position other than QB and Devin Gardner at QB?
It is always possible that this will happen -- but not for any more than a couple of plays here and there, kind of like what the Wolverines did last season. Robinson, as long as he wants to be, will be Michigan's quarterback this coming season. He is too strong a weapon for Michigan not to have the ball in his hands on as many plays as possible. Despite his accuracy issues, Robinson is Michigan's best option at quarterback as of now. A lot can change between now and Sept. 1, but I'd be surprised if anyone other than Robinson was the quarterback on the majority of the plays against Alabama.
Josh in Portland, Maine, asks: After adding eight recruits to bring the 2013 total to 11, does U-M have the nation's No. 1 class?
While I'm not our guru -- that'd be the hard-working Tom VanHaaren -- I'll take a stab at it. I'd say right now Michigan is in an early four-team race for the nation's No. 1 class with Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M, which is seeing a nice recruiting bump since hiring Kevin Sumlin from Houston. They are the four programs with the most commits on the ESPNU 150 Watch List for 2013. I'd be hesitant to rank those four classes at this point -- remember, there's a long way to go between now and next February -- but Michigan is at or near the top, for sure.
Kim from West Virginia writes: Michael, I am a former longtime resident of Ann Arbor and longtime Michigan fan. I unfortunately left in 2008 during the downturn and now I live in West Virginia. It is not easy being a Michigan fan in Mountaineer country, believe me. I have been out of town for a few days due to a funeral, and at this point I simply have a question. What is the status of Alex Kozan (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian)? I can’t see anywhere that he signed. If he has not signed anywhere, what the heck is taking him so long ?
Not much to tell you as of Tuesday morning. Kozan still hasn't made a decision yet, per VanHaaren, and has been pretty quiet on everything. Sometimes players like to take their time. Just because they don't make a decision on Signing Day doesn't mean much of anything, in my opinion.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35