- 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. In a tight, 12-10 win over Michigan State, the Wolverines had a few big performers, some of whom were on preseason watch lists and others who weren't. But here are the performances from those who were:
QB Denard Robinson, Sr. (Camp, Maxwell, O'Brien): Robinson had an up-and-down game with his one interception coming on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. He rushed 20 times for 96 yards and completed 14 of 29 passes for 163 yards. But he showed composure in the final drive in which he led the Wolverines into field-goal position. On Monday, he made the 12-man semifinalist cut for the O'Brien Award. Maxwell makes cuts in a week. It'll be interesting to see if his strengths have outweighed his shortcomings enough to be included as a semifinalist there, too.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, RS Jr. (Maxwell, Walker): Toussaint rushed 10 times for 52 yards. Even though the coaches bragged about his field vision improving during the offseason, we're seven games into the season and still haven't seen it. Guessing the Maxwell and Walker voters haven't seen it either.
WR Roy Roundtree, Sr. (Biletnikoff): He made one catch against Michigan State. One. Uno. Un. Eins. Yep, doesn't matter what language you say it in. It's still not impressive.
S Jordan Kovacs, RS Sr. (Nagurski): Kovacs picked off an Andrew Maxwell pass and returned it for 25 yards and registered five tackles. It was one of his stronger games this season, but his stats still need to improve greatly if he wants to be in the same range as some of the other members of this watch list.
LT Taylor Lewan, RS Jr. (Outland): On Michigan's first drive of the game Lewan picked up a personal foul, but from there on out it was smooth sailing for Lewan. Robinson wasn't sacked at all and Lewan gave him time in the pocket to make his reads. Lewan is getting better game by game and might be the Wolverines' best player by far at the end of this season.
K Brendan Gibbons, Jr. (Groza): Nine seconds and a 38-yard field goal to seal a win over Michigan State. For Gibbons it was no sweat. He had made two field goals before that (though Hoke went to sophomore Matt Wile for the longest boot of the day). But Gibbons showed his growth and maturity and, unlike his game-winning field goal over Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl when Gibbons said he was thinking about brunette girls when he kicked, he said he was only thinking about his senior class.
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