- 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. The first cut has already been made and linebacker Kenny Demens and offensive lineman Taylor Lewan didn't make the Lombardi Top 25. But here's the update after Michigan's conference-opening win over Purdue for players that are still listed:
QB Denard Robinson, Sr. (Camp, Maxwell, O'Brien): Robinson was efficient and impressive on Saturday against Purdue. His 235 yards on the ground is a reminder that Michigan will be dangerous anytime No. 16 is on the field. And while his 105 yards in the air isn't anything ridiculously impressive, it was his first game without an interception and he displayed better decision-making against the Boilermakers.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, RS Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): Yes, Toussaint scored two touchdowns, but it was a 19-yard game for him. Yes, you read that right: 19-yard game, not 19-yard run. He has yet to break out for anything big this season and he's not impressing anyone with those kind of stats.
WR Roy Roundtree, Sr. (Biletnikoff): Roundtree had two catches for 23 yards. Robinson completed only eight passes, which means no receiver is going to look too stellar. But Roundtree hasn't shown up like others on the Biletnikoff watch list this season.
S Jordan Kovacs, RS Sr. (Nagurski): Kovacs recorded one tackle against Purdue. The Wolverines keep saying that individual stats don’t matter. But a stat line that reads "one tackle" isn't the kind of stat line that moves players from a watch list position into a finalist position.
LT Taylor Lewan, RS Jr. (Outland): Lewan played a solid game and didn't allow the Boilermakers to put much pressure on Robinson. The line, as a whole, run-blocked well. Lewan's most obvious blunder was a 5-yard penalty for a false start.
K Brendan Gibbons, RS Jr. (Groza): Gibbons was 5-of-5 on PATs and 3-of-4 on field goals. His one miss was a 44-yarder that was kicked into the wind and bounced off the cross bar. If someone is math savvy enough to calculate the wind speed and resistance, you could get Gibbon's range down to the inch. Otherwise, we can say that he kicked pretty well.