- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
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Each week WolverineNation will update how Michigan players mentioned on preseason award watch lists fared in their most recent game. Here's the update after Michigan's loss at Notre Dame:
QB Denard Robinson, Sr. (Camp, Maxwell, O'Brien): Five turnovers. Yes, five turnovers. There’s little that people aren’t questioning about Robinson’s all-around game, resiliency, passing, throwing, everything after the Notre Dame matchup. A good rebound in the Big Ten season could do a lot for Robinson’s leadership points, but his statistics are digging him a very, very deep hole. And leadership points only take you so far.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, RS Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): Toussaint rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries and he would’ve had more if a whistle hadn’t been blown from the stands during the fourth quarter. This season, Toussaint has rushed for one touchdown and 150 yards. A year ago, that would’ve been his stat line from one game, not three. So, he’s not making up much ground after missing the Alabama game, on the actual ground or in the awards race either.
WR Roy Roundtree Sr. (Biletnikoff): Three receptions for 30 yards is the best game he has had. He could’ve had a few more stats, though, if his quarterback were connecting more with Michigan players. But he’s not receiving much help anywhere and other receivers on the list seem to be excelling as well. Roundtree is as good as out.
LB Kenny Demens, RS Jr. (Lombardi): Demens recorded six tackles and displayed good instincts, but is it a case of too little (really, six tackles is much too little), too late? Perhaps. But with the Big Ten season looming, it seems silly to completely count him out.
S Jordan Kovacs, RS Sr. (Nagurski): Kovacs led the team with seven tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss. He looked solid enough to still be in contention and as almost every coach, player and fan knows, you really don’t want to count Kovacs out of anything, ever.
LT Taylor Lewan, RS Jr. (Lombardi, Outland): Despite the fact that Robinson was sacked three times, Lewan did a pretty good job protecting his quarterback. With blitzes coming left and right, Lewan stood his ground and for the most part, gave his QB the time in the pocket he needed to make passes (albeit, to the other team at times).
K Brendan Gibbons, RS Jr. (Groza): Gibbons was 2-for-3 on field goal attempts, with his lone miss being his first attempt of the night, a 43-yarder that sailed wide. His other two (33 and 31 yards) were dead on. He’ll have to hit some 40-plus yarders if he really wants to be in contention, but there’s a lot of season left and he has been pretty solid.