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.
Drive Through: Big Ten Preview
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Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
8:30 AM ET Penn State UCF 12:00 PM ET Indiana State Indiana 12:00 PM ET Northern Iowa Iowa 12:00 PM ET Appalachian State Michigan 12:00 PM ET 5 Ohio State Navy 12:00 PM ET Western Michigan Purdue 12:05 PM ET Youngstown State Illinois 3:30 PM ET James Madison Maryland 3:30 PM ET Florida Atlantic 22 Nebraska 3:30 PM ET California Northwestern 9:00 PM ET 14 Wisconsin 13 LSU